The BMW Bavaria is perhaps the most misunderstood car of the BMW contingent.
Unrecognized by the unknowing "beamer" brigade and
denounced by most BMW aficionados with a roll of the eyes and a shake
of the head, the Bavaria is mainly recognized as the lowly 4 door relative
of the E9 Coupe. Ironically, the sedan is only a few pounds over the
coupe's weight and shares the same drivetrain (the smoothest 6 cylinder
It is arguably one of the most stylish
BMW sedans ever made. The front quarter view rivals any of the later
5 and 7 series of the 70s and 80s. Yes, it rusts and yes, it has a propensity
to overheat, but with a few modifications, the BMW E3 sedan, imported
into the US from 1968-1976, is one of the best bargains today. Rare enough
to catch your eye and with a subtle style and beauty that belies its
price on the used market, the BMW E3 sedan makes the plastic Hondas and
Toyotas look positively generic.