1991 BMW (E30) 316i Touring



Price: SOLD

Mileage: 142,000 Kilometers

Engine: M40 1.6-Liter 4-Clyinder Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Brilliant Red Exterior (308)

Interior: Anthracite Cloth Interior (0274)

VIN: WBAAJ11080CL42264

Additional features:

Left Hand Drive

Decent Repaint in Brilliantrot

Virtually No Rust

Shadowline Trim

iS Lip Spoiler

Manual Windows

Fold Down Rear Seats

Power Steering

14-Inch Style 5 Basketweave Wheels (center caps not pictured, but included)

Kelly Charger Tires

German Market Touring

25-Year Exempt

Clean Carfax

Colorado Title

Will Build to Suit or Sell As Is:


M20B27 Stroker

Recaro SE Seats

15” Basket Weaves

Eibach Pro Springs / Bilstein Sport Shocks

S54 / 6-Speed, Ground Control 5-Lug

Several Steering Wheel Options

Buyer-selected Build

1991 BMW (E30) 316i Touring build photo

This Touring was equipped with a M40 1.6-Liter 4-cylinder engine. We offered the car “as is” or built to the buyer’s specifications. The buyer chose the following:

  • M20B25 swap
  • Recaro SE Seats
  • 3-Spoke Sport Steering Wheel
  • Kenwood Stereo Premium Sound

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1991 BMW (E30) 316i Touring 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. I have restored, rebuilt, and sorted a dozen E30’s over the years and currently own three E30’s, including an iX, an iS and a Touring. 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, making it have superb handling. Ironically, 4-cylinder Tourings take the best advantage of this, having the least understeer. 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 regular duty thanks to their increased utility. Rust in the rear hatch is a common issue, making dry climate history an important consideration on the import country. Left-hand drive and a clean body are the most important factors in finding a touring, as engine swaps are easy compared to body work.


 exterior photo

This German Market Touring came to the US via Bulgaria. The same contact I purchased my personal Touring from found it and sent it state side. It has been repainted at some point in the original Brilliantrot (red) and is an acceptable paintjob. It looks great from 6 feet, but close examination does reveal runs and dust in the finish. I’d say it is slightly better than what the good folks at Maaco normally do. Importantly, it is largely rust-free. E30 Tourings are susceptible to rust in the rear hatch, in addition to the normal spots. This one has one dime-sized paint bubble in the inside bottom panel of the hatch, but the seams and spot welds are clean, as are the normal E30 areas. The interior is in decent condition, too. The dashboard is crack-free, there are no odors, and the rear cloth fold-down seats are good. The front comfort seats do have some wear under the fitted covers and the headliner is discolored in spots and is “tacked” in the hatch area due to sag. The blower motor also makes ominous noises, but it works—most of the time. An aftermarket stereo is installed in an adapter bezel. I have an OEM stereo and bezel panel I can include with the sale. The 1.6-liter M40 isn’t the fastest motor, but I wouldn’t say it’s slow either. (It is actually faster than the M20B20 that came in my personal Touring) If you want it as it sits, it needs a valve adjustment, power steering lines, a catalytic converter and a muffler to pass emissions, and some general house keeping items. Overall, it’s definitely not perfect, but is very presentable and would make a great driver as it sits. Importantly, it’s cheap for a LHD, rust-free, shiny red E30 Touring.

Or… We will build it to suit.

Option 1

  • $12,500 Estimated
  • M20B25 / G260 swap.
  • Fresh Timing Belt
  • Water Pump
  • M20 Radiator
  • Valve Adjustment
  • Engine Seals / Oil Pan Gasket
  • 173 ECU
  • Transmission Seals
  • Resurfaced Flywheel
  • Fresh Clutch Kit
  • Eibach Pro Springs
  • Bilstein Sport Shocks
  • Fresh Control Arm / Suspension Bushings
  • E36 M3 Steering Rack / Fresh Lines and Reservoir
  • Recaro SE Cloth Sport Seats / Massive Adapters / E30 Sliders (add $800)
  • Several Steering Wheel Options

Option 2

  • $16,500 Estimated
  • Same as above but M20B27 Super ETA Stroker
  • M20B27 Super ETA Block
  • i-Pistons / 2.7L Crank
  • i-Head / Intake
  • We could build this as mild or as monster as you like.

Option 3

  • $24,000 Estimated
  • S54B32 Completely Gone Through (VANOS, rod bearings, etc)
  • Euro S54 Headers
  • Custom E30 Cooling System
  • Custom E30 Exhaust
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • Power Steering
  • Ground Control E30 5-Lug Coil Over Suspension
  • Custom Sway Bars
  • E36 M3 Brakes
  • E36 DSII 17” Wheels
  • This would not be your $4K hack-job E30 swap. This drivetrain is currently swapped into a lightweight E30 and was done by an E30 specialist. No expense was spared; it is by far the fastest E30 I have ever driven. The condition of this Touring shell probably does not warrant what it would cost to make this car, but I thought I’d put it out there as an option.

VIN Decode

 exterior photo

VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBAAJ11080CL42264
  • Type: AJ11
  • Model: 316i – EUR
  • Development Code: E30 (5)
  • Chassis: TOUR
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: M40
  • Displacement: 1.60
  • Power: 102 Horsepower
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Color: Brilliant Red (Brillantrot – 308)
  • Upholstery: Anthracite Cloth (Anthrazit Stoff 0274)
  • Production Plant: Dingolfing
  • Production Date: 10-14-1991


  • 210 Anti-Lock Brakes
  • 215 Power Steering Depending On Engine Speed
  • 300 Central Locking Electric
  • 354 Green Stripe Windscreen
  • 400 Manual Sunroof
  • 428 Warning Triangle (long gone)
  • 510 High Beam-Throw Control (inop)
  • 652 BMW Bavaria C li
  • 681 Roof Antenna (needs replacement with the correct one)
  • 690 Cassette Holder
  • 801 Germany Version