The BMW 3 Series is the compact luxury car line of the German automaker BMW since May 1975. Successor to the 2-door sporty sedans of the BMW "New Class", it has been produced in five different generations and in no less than five different body styles.
The BMW E30 was the successor of the
BMW E21 and is considered the 2nd generation of the 3 Series. It came in 4 versions: 2-door coupes ('82-'91), 4-door sedans ('83-'91), 2-door convertibles ('85-'93) and 5-door estate/station wagons ('tourings') ('87-'94). Also the very first BMW M3, the 3 Series' high-performance version, was added to the line in 1986 and lasted up to 1992. The M3's are available as either a coupe or a convertible. Baur also produced E30 "targa"-style coupe conversions, the TC2, from 1982 until 1985. All models were eventually replaced by the next generation of the 3 Series, the
coupes, sedans - 316, 316i, 318i, 318is, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325ix, 325e, 333i, 324d, 324td
convertibles - 318i, 320i, 325i
tourings - 316i, 318i, 320i, 325i, 325ix, 324td