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Just about everyone that has some sort of affiliation with cars, knows something about the BMW 3 Series.

As one of the most popular cars of all time, the 3 Series has gone through numerous of changes ever since it made its introduction way back in 1975.

One thing that never changed, however, was the signature kidney grille.

A proud legacy

So popular is the 3 Series that it has since gone on to sell more than 15-million units worldwide, responsible for some 20% of the brand's overall sales.

It is currently in its seventh-generation with the G20 and is a shoe-horned rival to the likes of the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.


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Image: Supplied by Robin Classen

A German favourite

When you talk about the 3 Series you just have to include the M3 in that discussion. 

These big displacement engines are well-known for their high-revving and strong power characteristics, as well as emanating a menacing growl from the exhaust. And every generation, apart from the first-gen E21, received an 'M' version.

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It also comes in convertible and station-wagon trim for those wanting something a bit different, but still retaining the classic BMW drive. Each model just got better, more refined and even faster over the years and it's hard to imagine BMW putting a halt to that anytime soon.

Compiled by: Robin Classen

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