BMW E21 OEM paint color options

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BMW E21
BMW E21 Golf Yellow
BMW E21 3 series

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
Iberischrot 016 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
Phönix 028 1977
Pustagrün 194 1980 - 1983
Safaribeige 147 1980 - 1983
Saharabeige 006
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
Balticblau Metallic 178 1982
Delphin Metallic 184 1983 thru 1984
Taiga Metallic 072 1976
Resedagrün Metallic 075 1980 thru 1982
Turmalingrün Metallic 064 1977 thru 1979
Olivgrün Metallic 153 1980
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
BMW E21 coupe
BMW E21 323i
BMW E21 3 Series
BMW E21 anthracite gray
BMW E21 arctic white
BMW E21 Cypress Green
BMW E21 Opal Green
BMW E21 Polaris Silver Metallic
BMW E21 Sahara Beige
BMW E21 Sapphire Blue Metallic
BMW E21 Sienna Brown
BMW E21 Topas brown
BMW E21 Topas brown
BMW E21 Rubin Rot
BMW E21 3 series
BMW E21 3 series
BMW E21 3 series
BMW E21 Golf Yellow

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