Started on Dec. 11 by johnhammer

1983 BMW 320i

The latest pile that I’ve hauled home on a flatbed (like you’ve never done that!). It’s an ‘83 320i…in fact, we think it may be a 320is, the factory sport model, since it has most of the hotrod parts: LSD, rear swaybar, basketweave wheels, etc. This car has sat unloved for 2 years while mother nature dumped on it day after day. Perfect! Since I bought the car to compete in the 24 Hours of Lemons, our budget was tight, but we only spent $400 on it leaving me plenty of cash for “upgrades” and spare parts for trades. Brakes are mostly on the car now…a cage is next. I’ll update when I can. See you at the track!

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Dec. 11, 2008, 6:50 a.m.

That's a really nice one, with a good spec. I hope the LeMons race won't be too brutal on her. Good luck with it.

Dec. 11, 2008, 7:19 a.m.

Yup. It reminds me so much of my lost and lamented iS, I hate to see it go to LeMons. John has assured me that it's nowhere near as nice as it looks.

Dec. 11, 2008, 9:51 a.m.

I swear, she's NASTY! I'll try & dig up the pics of all the mudbug nests I've cleaned out of the undercarriage. The passenger side has the rust & dents! smells. Bad. Musty.

Jan. 14, 2009, 7:18 p.m.

Seems criminal to wreck it in LeMons. I haven't seen a 320i in RI in AGES. They're all gone. :(

May 17, 2009, 6:14 a.m.

By the way, we got the car prepped, then raced and FINISHED the 24 Hours Of LeMons at Carolina Motorsports Park this past Spring. Check the details at!

July 11, 2009, 9:59 p.m.

Did it have the Recaros, too?

July 27, 2009, 8:41 a.m.

No, that's the one 320is item the car didn't have. Of course, it's not exactly difficult to swap seats out so I really can't say for sure. We're going to do it again though!

Sept. 6, 2009, 9:32 p.m.

Online still? Some people never learn. Good luck buddy!

Aug. 2, 2010, 12:34 p.m.

Alright, here we go again... September 24-26 at Carolina Motorsports Park... Our third run at the 24 Hours of Lemons is ready. I have a whole new team of misfits to wheel the beast, and you can come over & say Hi too. Watch for all the details!

Nov. 12, 2012, 10:20 a.m.

I've sold it to one of my co-workers & his friends plan on running Lemons & Chumpcar events with it. Hammer's Heroes live on!

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