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1990 BMW (E30) 325i Touring AC Schnitzer Clone

1990 BMW (E30) 325i Touring AC Schnitzer Clone



Price: $19,800

Mileage: 268,000 km (166,527 Miles)

Engine: M20B25 2.5-Liter 6-Cylinder Engine (135,704 Miles)

Transmission: G260 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Laser Blue Metallic Exterior (294)

Interior: Black Leather / Cloth Sport Interior (0274)

Additional features:

E36 M3 Steering Rack

4:10 Limited-Slip Differential

Left Hand Drive

AC Schnitzer Stripes and Badges

AC Schnitzer Seat Badges

AC Schnitzer / Momo Leather Steering Wheel

AC Schnitzer Shift Knob

AC Schnitzer Pedals

AC Schnitzer Type I Wheels

Lowering Springs

Factory Air Conditioning (super rare for a touring)

Becker DTM Stereo

Virtually No Rust

Shadowline Trim

Slicktop (no sunroof)

Black Cloth Headliner

Power Windows

Fold Down Rear Seats

Later Style Cargo Net

6-Button On-Board Computer

First Aid Kit

16 x 7.5 Inch 5-Spoke AC Schnitzer Wheels (Produced by O.Z. for ACS)

Italian Market Touring

25-Year Exempt

Clean Carfax

Colorado Title


1990 BMW (E30) 325i Touring AC Schnitzer Clone exterior photo

The 1984-1991 BMW 3 Series, known generationally as the E30, is the one model more than any other that earned BMW the Ultimate Driving Machine reputation. E30s are one of our specialty vehicles at Glen Shelly Auto Brokers. The E30 Touring was the pet project of BMW engineer Max Reisbock. He literally built the first E30 touring out of a wrecked 323i in his garage after work—it was so good that BMW put it into production (with a few minor changes). The E30 Touring started a legacy of sporty BMW wagons that remains to this day. All late-model Tourings were spec’d with the 325 suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes. The extra pillars added rigidity over the Coupe and Sedan and there is slightly more rear weight bias, giving it superb handling characteristics. Fold down rear seats, shadowline trim, and Euro headlights make the Touring one of the most exclusive and sporting E30s. The U.S. market never got the Touring, but they are legal now thanks to the 25-year exemption. Most were subjected to harsh climates and daily driving duty, thanks to their increased utility. Rust in the rear hatch is a common issue, making dry climate history an important consideration regarding the country of origin. Left-hand drive and a clean body are the most important factors in finding a touring. Factory air conditioning is even more exclusive, as it was nearly impossible to find in a Touring.


 exterior photo

This Italian Market Touring came to us via Sofia, Bulgaria where it lived under the care of a long-term owner for the previous fourteen years. It was originally spec’d with very rare options for a touring: Laser Blue Metallic paint, air conditioning, electronic rear windows, no sunroof, and the rear cargo net. The previous owner was fanatical about German BMW tuner AC Schnitzer (ACS) and meticulously built this touring into an ACS clone with badges, decal stripes, leather and cloth sport seats with badges, pedals, and Type 1 16-inch wheels. I added a genuine ACS steering wheel and shift knob—which were not cheap. It has been repainted in the original Laser Blue at some point, and the finish is in great shape. There is very minor superficial corrosion in the bottom of the doorsills, but no common E30 rust spots. The problematic rear hatch area is rust-free. The interior is in excellent shape, with matching leather and cloth heated sport front seats and fold-down touring rear seats. The dash is virtually crack-free; there are a few tiny splits that take searching to find. Handling is improved by lowering springs.

325i Engine / Drivetrain Swap

All pictures were taken before the engine / drivetrain swap.

From there we swapped the Euro-spec M40 4-cylinder engine with a 6-cylinder M20B25 from a US market E30 with 134K miles on it. The 318i badge will be replaced with a 325i badge. Before we installed the M20 engine we replaced the timing belt, tensioner, water pump, valve cover gasket, valve adjustment, cam seal, rear main seal and oil pan gasket. The exhaust was replaced with the donor car’s exhaust including catalytic convertors and a cherry-bomb style muffler. It passes Colorado emissions. The engine was paired with the G260 5-speed gearbox that was also resealed and given a fresh clutch kit. Moving rearward, we rebuilt the drive shaft with fresh U-joints and center carrier bearing mated to a 4:10 limited-slip differential and fresh CV axles. The rear wheel bearings were replaced with the CV axles. For steering I swapped out the E30 rack with an E36 M3 progressive steering rack—the best steering rack for an E30.

VIN Decode

 exterior photo

VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBAAG71070ED77676
  • Type: AG71
  • Model: 318i – EUR
  • Development Code: E30 (5)
  • Chassis: TOUR
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: M40
  • Displacement: 1.80
  • Power: 113 Horsepower
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Color: Laser Blue Metallic (Lazurblau Metallic – 294)
  • Upholstery: Anthracite Cloth (Anthrazit Stoff 0274)
  • Production Plant: Regensburg
  • Production Date: 3-27-1990


  • 199 Equipment for Leaded Fuel
  • 215 Power Steering Depending On Engine Speed
  • 300 Central Locking Electric
  • 411 Electric Window Lifts
  • 413 Luggage Compartment Net
  • 530 Air Conditioning
  • 556 Exterior Temperature Display
  • 681 Roof Antenna
  • 687 Radio Preparations
  • 814 Italy Version
  • 855 Language Version Italian