The E21 was the first generation 3 series model available from Bavarian Motor Works. The E21 was introduced in July 1975 with four variations of the four cylinder M10 motor.
Models included the 316, 318, 320 and 320i model which was the only fuel injected model of the four. The E21 3 series was only available as a coupe from the factory. Some coach builders independent from BMW converted the E21 into a convertible model however.
The 4 speed manual was the standard equipment, however a 5 speed ZF transmission and 3 speed automatic ZF version were also available as an option.
Near the end of 1979 the E21 hit its mid life cycle update. Changes included electric side mirrors, deeper front spoiler, and updated dash with modern dials. Additional paint and cloth interior options also became available.
Production of the E21 3 series ended in 1983 as the E30 was introduced as its replacement. The 315 model remained as a low cost model until 1975. The E21 had a total production run of over 1.3 million.
The below list is the most comprehensive known paint colors we could compile. There seems to be debate over Olive Green and Safari Beige for the E21, however we added them below anyway. All colors were not offered in all markets of the world.
With the gaining popularity of the E21, people have painted them virtually every color BMW had to offer whether it was an OEM option or not. Over time we will go back and refine it as we dig deep for more information that will make the list complete.
OEM BMW E21 Paint Color Options
|PAINT NAME||PAINT CODE||YEARS OFFERED||COLOR|
|Alpinweiß||146||1980 thru 1984|
|Basaltblau||180||1975 thru 1978|
|Biskayablau||140||1979 thru 1981|
|Hennarot||052||1980 thru 1984|
|Golf||070||1975 thru 1979|
|Chamonix||085||1975 thru 1979|
|Inka||022||1975 thru 1976|
|Jadegrün||078||1975 thru 1978|
|Korall||020||1976 thru 1978|
|Koronagelb||148||1980 thru 1981|
|Lapisblau||173||1981 thru 1984|
|Madeira||027||1976 thru 1978|
|Malaga||021||1975 thru 1976|
|Mintgrün||079||1975 thru 1978|
|Pastellblau||044||1975 thru 1978|
|Pustagrün||194||1980 - 1983|
|Safaribeige||147||1980 - 1983|
|Sepiabraun||142||1976 thru 1979|
|Savannabeige||187||1981 thru 1982|
|Schwarz||086||1975 thru 1982|
|Sierrabeige||012||1976 thru 1979|
|Verona||024||1975 thru 1976|
|Zederngrün||141||1978 thru 1981|
|Fjord Metallic||037||1975 thru 1979|
|Saphirblau Metallic||149||1980 thru 1984|
|Arktisblau Metallic||045||1976 thru 1979|
|Stratosblau Metallic||150||1980 thru 1981|
|Delphin Metallic||184||1983 thru 1984|
|Resedagrün Metallic||075||1980 thru 1982|
|Turmalingrün Metallic||064||1977 thru 1979|
|Zypressengrün Metallic||152||1980 thru 1982|
|Opalgrün Metallic||171||1982 thru 1984|
|Granatrot Metallic||025||1975 thru 1976|
|Rubinrot Metallic||018||1976 thru 1979|
|Karneolrot Metallic||155||1979 thru 1980|
|Kastanienrot Metallic||157||1980 thru 1982|
|Burgundrot Metallic||199||1983 thru 1984|
|Achatgrün Metallic||177||1983 thru 1984|
|Sienabraun Metallic||009||1975 thru 1976|
|Topasbraun Metallic||013||1976 thru 1978|
|Brasilbraun Metallic||154||1981 thru 1982|
|Kaschmir Metallic||143||1980 thru 1982|
|Bronzitbeige Metallic||139||1983 thru 1984|
|Bahamabeige Metallic||170||1983 thru 1984|
|Polaris Metallic||060||1975 thru 1984|
|Anthrazit Metallic||055||1976 thru 1979|
|Ascotgrau Metallic||151||1980 thru 1982|
|Graphit Metallic||087||1980 thru 1984|