Special showcasing of BMW 3 Series to be held at BMW Museum

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of second generation BMW 3 Series and 3 Series Club, the company is holding a special showing at Munich of their 50 plus models which will be open to the public from June 14 to 19, 2012. The highlight of the event will be held at the BMW Museum on June 16th where 100 special participants will be given a round of the BMW Group Classic where 3 Series cars will be parked. This restricted area is not normally open to the public and will be revealed as a mark of this special occasion.

Over 50 vehicles will be on display at the BMW Museum on Petuelring from 1.00 to 5.00 pm while club members will be able to meet visitors and visitors will be given a chance to find out more about their preferred models.

In 1982, BMW introduced their E30 3 Series which took the world by storm. E 30 was available in two door, four door and station wagon and convertible body styles. Engine choices included 4 cylinders ranging from 1600cc, 1766 cc and 1.8 liters to 6 cylinder powerplants in 2.0L and 3.3L variants while the 3 Series was also available in an all wheel drive. Initially developed for DTM racing, the E30 M3 still is looked upon as the most desirable of sports cars.

News release: News release: 30 years of the second-generation BMW 3 Series. BMW 3 Series Club to visit BMW Group on 16 June 2012 with more than 50 cars.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the second generation of the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 3 Series Club (E21/E30) e.V. is organising a special gathering from 14 to 19 June 2012. The highlight of the event will be a visit to the BMW Group on Saturday, 16 June 2012.

Wide-ranging programme for visitors and participants.

On that day the public are invited to view the gathered ranks of the participants’ 50-plus vehicles, which will be parked outside the BMW Museum on Petuelring between 13 and 17 hrs. During this time Club members will be on hand to talk to visitors and answer any questions. In addition to a tour of the BMW Museum, the 100 or so participants will also be able to visit the vehicle collection at BMW Group Classic (normally closed to the public), where the 3 Series models will be parked during the morning.

BMW 3 Series, second generation: a model family arrives on the scene.

1982 marked its inception: seven years after the successful market launch of the first-generation 3 Series and with sales having exceeded a million, the second generation of the BMW 3 Series was poised in the starting blocks. Unlike its predecessor, the new range lined up with an unprecedented array of model variants: the showrooms offered two-door and four-door models, full convertible and touring variants, as well as all-wheel-drive versions. Such a diverse portfolio back in the 1980s put BMW far ahead of its time. And success wasn’t long in coming: by 1983 – the first full production year – BMW had ramped up output by 50 per cent. Instead of turning out 800 BMW 3 Series models a day, the largely automated production process was dispatching 1,200 units from the assembly lines. BMW also had a brace of surprises lined up in the shape of a frugal BMW 3 Series diesel model and the BMW M3 sports variant. The “pinnacle of the 3 Series range” developed for the DTM by BMW Motorsport GmbH still ranks today as the world’s most successful touring car and the epitome of the ultimate sports sedan.