Oxford's experience working with all kinds of projects is perhaps best captured through some of the unusual vehicles in its workshop. From one-of-one Bentleys to Japanese sports cars like the Datsun 240Z, the cars we service are as varied as the shop team's personal fleet of street and race vehicles. Take, for instance, this 1980 BMW 320/6 that Oxford is restoring from barn find status: this is a European market example of the E21 platform BMW, effectively the first 3-Series introduced to the U.S. market following the tremendous success of the iconic BMW 2002.
In addition to featuring the Euro-market specific bits like slim chrome bumpers and H4 lighting, the 320 also sports a carbureted 2.0L I6 engine, a precursor to the 2.5L six found in the later E30 cars. Oxford is helping the owner with the engine rebuild, necessitated by years of storage with the engine's head removed. Forged pistons and a slight bump in compression are on the menu for the summer, along with resealing the engine and performing a Weber carb conversion to replace the original Solex unit.
Oxford will also perform a comprehensive suspension overhaul, replacing the tired original components with fresh Bilstein shocks and H&R lowering springs, replacement control arms and bushings, new sway bar bushings, a complete brake job with stainless steel lines, new wheel bearings and upgraded rubber on 15 x 7 MIMs mesh wheels. Oxford is helping the owner formulate a logical plan of attack for approaching the restoration in phases to maximize time and budget.
We're excited to help bring this barn find Bimmer back to life and hope you'll follow along with our progress on this Siennabraun E21. If we can help you sort out your new project car find, contact us today for a top-to-bottom inspection and assessment.
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