The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a BMW e12. We make the process of selling your BMW e12 quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The BMW E12 is a staple of the seventies and early eighties, and is a car that quickly became an eye catcher in both the European and North American markets. The E12 was manufactured and produced by BMW from 1972 to 1981. The E12 was the first iteration of the infamous BMW 5 series, followed by the e28 and later the e34.
The BMW E12 went through slight changes and facelifts in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, and 1979. While the E12 initially came equipped with a 1.8 L four-cylinder engine, it went on to become available with the M30 six-cylinder engine. The E12 was available with an automatic transmission or a manual; after 1979, the car’s 4-speed manual was replaced by a 5-speed.
The E12’s destined for the North American market had a number of differences from the European market cars. North American E12s were sold as high-end, fully-loaded models and came equipped with wooden interior trim, leather seats, air conditioning, and power windows. North American regulations also required BMW to fit their cars with emissions equipment, sealed-beam headlights, and “diving board” bumpers, which had to be able to withstand a 5mph impact without damage. North American E12s had lower compression pistons, though only fuel-injected six-cylinder variants of the E12 were sold in North America.
BMW produced a total of 722,435 E12s from 1972 to 1981.