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1977 BMW 3.3 Li Automatic [E3]

1977 BMW 3.3 Li [E3] in Minder, TV Series, 1979-1994 IMDB Ep. 1.02

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE — Made for: GB

1977 BMW 3.3 Li Automatic [E3]

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stronghold EN

2008-06-03 23:45

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rpcm PT

2008-06-04 00:38

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It's an [E3] S or Si.

jrh1982 EN

2008-06-04 13:43

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And should be 3.0 not 3

130rapid PL

2010-08-12 03:01

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1977 BMW 3.3 Li Automatic

The vehicle details for PYT 257R are:
Make BMW
Model 3.3 LIA
Date of Liability 01 11 1986
Date of First Registration 15 02 1977
Year of Manufacture 1977
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 3295CC
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour WHITE

john1 UK

2010-12-13 18:06

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3.0si. 3.3Li didnt have vinyl roof. No long back window.

dsl SX

2010-12-13 18:23

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Boot badges look like Automatic or other long word on left and 3.0 on right, possibly with a smaller letter/number afterwards.

130rapid PL

2010-12-14 02:09

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Is it some mistake on DVLA base?

john1 wrote 3.0si. 3.3 Li didnt have vinyl roof.


Maybe it's some option for demand. :think:

john1 wrote No long back window.


The length of rear doors isn't obvious at first glance:
http://images.forum-auto.com/mesimages/62161/P1070724s.JPG

-- Last edit: 2010-12-14 03:01:48

stu DE

2010-12-14 17:19

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As far as I remeber to the BMWs of this series, the S is a caburator Version and the I a Injection, so SI is not possible...

dsl SX

2010-12-14 17:50

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For 1976-77 the only E3s offered in UK were 3.0Si, 3.0LA and 3.3LiA until April 77 when all E3s discontinued. All have tinted windows and alloys, but no mention of vinyl roof. Automatic boot badge used from Jan 73 (when range was bigger). So 2 questions [1] did 3.0Si have automatic option? If not, I think this is a 3.0LA as I don't believe the badge says 3.3 [2] is this LWB? if not it has to be a 3.0Si automatic (if it existed), if it is then 3.0LA for same reason.

130rapid PL

2010-12-14 18:34

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According RealOEM with BMW parts the RHD 3.0 Si was made since 09/1971 to 02/1977 with manual transmission only.
(LHD cars had automatic transmission option for 09/1975).

The production of RHD 3.0 L started 01/1975 with AT only and ceased 02/1977.

RHD 3.3 L was made in 01/1974-08/1975 period with automatic transmission and 05/1974-12/1974 with manual transmission.

RHD 3.3 Li was made in 10/1975-02/1977 period with AT only.

dsl SX

2010-12-14 18:52

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OK so it can't be a 3.0Si or other swb 3.0, and it can't be a carburetor 3.3L. So has to be lwb and choice of 3.0LA and 3.3LiA, and I'm convinced the badge means 3.0LA, despite the DVLA record.

130rapid PL

2010-12-14 19:19

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Well, actually the reading digits on plate is much easier (however not easy) than on badge.

ingo DE

2010-12-14 19:24

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john1 wrote 3.0si. 3.3Li didnt have vinyl roof. No long back window.


I suggest, not to make pull-ups because of the vinyl roof. It's a British car, and in the UK vinyl-roofs were, resp. still are, much more popular than in other countries. Just take a look in UK-classic-car-magazines, how many companies are offering them. Definetely more than on the continent.

john1 UK

2012-02-23 19:54

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It is a 3.0si. No L cars had vinyl roofs. 3.0si in the uk were all manual. If it had been auto it would have said on the LHS in italics. See 3.3Li which are all auto for reference. this car may have been earlier than 76, as TV crews for some reason seemed to like to change plates on leading cars to the year of the film production. See S plate 3.0si police car from the Sweeney...

john1 UK

2012-02-23 22:19

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Ingo i stand corrected it may be an early 3.0l as now seen second picture with auto on the left

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