BMW 3-series (E21) Profile

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BMW 3-series (E21) General Information

Despite some decent successes by the BMW 2002, its replacement, the 3-series, never was rallied in a big style and never had any manufacturer support. Subsequently it never got any super results either, but there have been a number of rather interesting outings with the car especially in the hands of Timo Mäkinen and Ingvar Carlsson.

Interestingly there have been two distinctively different versions of the car. The difference has been the engine. The 320 may have been the more loved car but more for sentimentals than anything else. The 320 was based on BMW's touring car and had a classic 2.0 (but 6-cylinder) carburettor engine layout. The 323i was a car with less touring car relation and with an injection engine - basically less peaky but more driveable, quite different in character.

Although mainly Mäkinen (BMW France) and Carlsson (Hartge) are listed here, as listing every national, private built and registered car simply would be too much, the most memorable group2 323i was probably the private car of tuner Luigi Racing BJJ-105. Only seen in Belgium with a selection of drivers, one of them Patrick Snijers, it was this unknown Luigi Racing team that secured first full Martini sponsoring, then brought Bastos into rally sponsoring!

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BMW 3-series (E21) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
BMW 3-series (E21) 320 (80-0) 185 0 4355.1610.1380 1000 (5.4) RWD (2563)
BMW 3-series (E21) 323i (81-83) 205 0 4355.1610.1380 1020 (0) RWD (2563)

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BMW 3-series (E21) Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
11th. 1983 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson C. Boden #26 [UNKNOWN] 4:46:14
14th. 1980 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo T. Mäkinen A. Aho #17 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1980 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson S. Hasselberg #10 [UNKNOWN] 4:33:58

BMW 3-series (E21) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1983 WRC Rally of Finland I. Carlsson C. Boden #96 [UNKNOWN] SS4 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini . UNKNOWN #39 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1983 WRC Swedish Rally B. Blomqvist S. Hasselberg #31 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1982 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson C. Boden #12 [UNKNOWN] SS9 gearbox
Ret. 1981 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson S. Hasselberg #10 [UNKNOWN] SS20 rear axle
Ret. 1979 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson C. Boden #125 [UNKNOWN] SS99 transmission
Ret. 1978 WRC Swedish Rally I. Carlsson S. Hasselberg #117 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?