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BMW 3 [E30]

BMW 3 [E30] in Wall Street, Movie, 1987 IMDB

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

BMW 3 [E30]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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Ralph DE

2005-02-19 18:33

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BMW E30 325i
drove by Charlie Sheen

Adrian US

2006-03-15 22:38

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Very minor use of this silver E30. I believe it is a coupe. It's hard to tell if it's a 325, 325es, or a 325is. It sounds like a 6-cylinder which all of these models use (could be false sound dubbing of other car - so it could even be a 318i). This car is only used in one minor scene. Not worth it. Very few shots of car. No rear shots, 1 side/front shot, and brief interior shot. (if a picture was supplied, I'd be able to tell)

-- Last edit: 2006-04-12 21:21:41

G-MANN UK

2006-04-12 21:05

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Which scene do you see the exterior of the BMW?

Adrian US

2006-04-12 21:20

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There is only one shot of this BMW I can recall for sure. It's in a scene about 70% through the movie. It is an interior shot of an E30 coupe. Charlie Sheen is very upset and driving the car aggressively. Maybe there wasn't an exterior shot - I thought there was. The interior shot lasts about 4 sec. max. On another note, an E28 appears in the background when Charlie Sheen frist pulls up to Michael Douglas' House. (Sheen originally drives a red Subaru Hatchback in the begining of film)

G-MANN UK

2006-04-12 21:26

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But how did you know it was silver?

Adrian US

2006-04-12 21:30

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I honestly don't know. I seem to recall the interior was a light beige or gray cloth. I haven't seen the film all the way through since 1997. I do own a VHS copy of it, I'll look at it sometime. Do you have the film?

G-MANN UK

2006-04-12 21:31

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It's in my DVD drive right now, these picture are screen capture directly from it. But as to this BMW, I don't think you ever see the outside of the car, so maybe it should be taken off.

Adrian US

2006-04-12 21:45

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Since you do have the movie, as said earlier, about 70% through the movie (maybe it's 60-90%), I am ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN A BMW E30 IS USED. There's a good chance no exterior shot exists. But a descent interior shot is used of an E30 Coupe. It's a side shot of Sheen driving (taking a corner aggresively, and flooring the throttle). 4 seconds max.

Adrian US

2006-04-12 23:05

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Yep, that's the shot. I thought it was a wider shot, guess not. As crazy as it sounds I can identify most cars (especially BMW's) just by the interior alone - sometimes just the headrest identifies what car it is.

G-MANN UK

2006-04-13 02:01

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My dad once had an early 80s 5-series and it had the same fan vents as this does.

Adrian US

2006-04-13 17:11

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I OWN AN 80's 5-SERIES. An E28, 1984 533i (limited production) to be exact. And the vents are NOT the same. The E30 (1983-1991) had these later rounded vents, which the E32 7-series (`87-`94), and the E34 5-series (`88-`95) all shared as well. The E28 5-series (`82-`88) has rectangular/square flat vents - not curved or rounded-off like these other models mentioned.

Adrian US

2006-04-13 17:18

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Notice the "break-in" sticker on the top left corner of the windshield (mine used to have that on the original windshield as well).

-- Last edit: 2006-11-06 20:33:08

G-MANN UK

2006-04-13 17:46

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Sorry, I meant I thought they seemed similar, my dad sold his BMW over ten years ago anyway so I can't really remember too well. He had a 1982 520i.

G-MANN UK

2006-06-08 16:46

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Since there's no way for sure of knowing which one it is, it should just be listed as a 3-Series.

Adrian US

2006-11-06 20:32

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Regarding Charlie Sheen's mystery BMW: I've done some more research. The car in this photo has a 4-spoke steering wheel (I know your wondering how I can tell - well I can tell just by the center-portion, it's the same design as the 4-spoke mid-80's wheel). The 4-spoke wheel was used on the `84-`85 318i, and `86-`87 325. These are the only 2-door E30 models that fit this criteria and were availbale when Wallstreet was made, 1987. (`84-`87 E30 with 3-spoke steering wheel: `84-`87 325e, `86-`87 325es, and the `87 325i and 325is)

G-MANN UK

2006-11-06 20:36

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The thing is how can you tell whether it is a coupe or sedan? Although the character might be more likely to choose a coupe, he's a yuppie with no wife and kids.

Adrian US

2006-11-07 21:53

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You have a good point G-Mann. From this photo it is impossible to tell if it's a 2 or 4-door. In the back of my mind, I'm convinced it's a 2-door. Is there any other picture that can reveal any more info.? One of these days I'll watch this scene again. (Sheen also drives this BMW up to Gordon's house - although only interior shots are used)

Tuneman1984 CA

2013-06-03 23:45

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Based on Adrian's post about the steering wheel this would have to be an '84 or '85 318i, as the movie took place in 1985. The original screenplay does list the scene as taking place in the interior of Bud's BMW.

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