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3-Series (E21)

316, 318, 320, 320i,
320/6, 323i, 318i,
315, Baur TC1
(1975 - 1983)

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First Generation 3-Series (1975-1983)

Complete Kits Seat Kits Targa Tops
Headliners Rubber Seals Others

The 3-series was originally intended to represent BMW's 2-door sedan line after the 02 Series. The 1st generation (1975-1983) were mainly composed of cars with the same 2-door body with different engines and a Baur targa conversion. Released in 1975, The first models were given 4-cylinder engines (316, 318, 320, 320i) before adding, in 1977, 6-cylinder verions (320/6, 323i). More 4-cyl verions (315, 318i) were added in 1979. From 1977 to 1982, Baur converted some of these 2-door cars into "targa" cabriolets (TC1). It wasn't until 1983, with the release of the 2nd generation, that they added 4-door sedans and true cabriolets.

Seat Upholstery

World Upholstery and Trim offers replacement seat kits for most BMW E21 standard seats. There are only 2 versions, an early version (1975-1979) and a late version (1979-1983). The early seat has 6 small pleats similar to the 2002s while the late seat had 4 big pleats. Both versions had corresponding rear seats. We also have patterns for the original style E21 sports seats with horizontal pleats. Currently there are many different styles circulating for these Recaro sports seats but we only offer the original style (horizontal pleats) with or without the perforations.

No other seat parts like the pads, frames, cables and other hardware are included in the kit. The seat covers are already pre-sewn and ready for installation. Installation will require removal of the old seat upholstery as well as possible fixing or replacement of internal seat parts like the seat pads. Replacement seat pads for the standard front seats are available. We do not offer pads for the sports seats.


Front Seat Kit
6 Pleats per Seat
5-pc Headrest
(1975 - 1979)

Front Seat Kit
4 Pleats per Seat
3-pc Headrest
(1979 - 1983)

Front Seat Kit
Recaro Sports Seats
3-pc Headrest
(1979 - 1983)

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Targa Tops

The Baur converted E21 cabriolet (TC1), much like a targa, had a removable flat panel top covered in topping material and a rear section that folds down. World Upholstery & Trim offers topping material for the front panel section while we offer a reproduction of the original for the rear section (no side pockets). They are available in American Stayfast, Sonnendeck and German Canvas.

TC1 Targa Top
(1977 - 1982)

Part # 321-3508: Front Section
Part # 321-3502: Rear Section

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World Upholstery & Trim offers reproduction headliners using the original "snakeskin" vinyl material that was used in BMW E21 headliners. We have headliners for E21 sedans with or without sunroofs and they are pre-sewn for easy installation. It only includes the headliner itself and all attached hardware are not included and must bre re-used or replaced.

White "Snakeskin" Headliner
Part # 321-3940: E21 Sedan, w/ Sunroof
Part # 321-4000: E21 Sedan, no Sunroof
(1975 - 1983)

Call (805) 921-0100 or e-mail us so we can find the correct headliner for your car!

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Rubber Seals

World Upholstery & Trim offers OEM rubber seals for the most commonly replaced seals in an E21 car. Most of the seals in the E21 has already been discontinued by the original manufacturer and only the most common ones like the windshield and door seals are still available. We always recommend to order seals as soon as possible before anymore are discontinued by the original manufacturer.


Windshield Seals
Sedan Only
(1975 - 1983)

Door Seals
Sedan Only
(1975 - 1983)

Rear 1/4 Window Seals
Sedan Only
(1975 - 1983)

Call (805) 921-0100 or e-mail us to find out if we have the rubber seal that you need!

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Other Trim Parts

World Upholstery & Trim offers other various trim parts for the BMW E21 including dash caps, and the package/hat tray panel. Most of these items we distribute for other manufacturers. We also offer sprayable dyes, coco and carpet floor mats and sheepskin seat covers.


Dash Cap
Product # 321-7607
(1975 - 1983)

Package/Hat Tray Panel
Product # 321-2705
(1975 - 1983)

Call (805) 921-0100 or e-mail us to find out if we have the parts that you need!

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BMW 3-Series (E21)

Complete Kits

Seat Upholstery

Targa Tops


Rubber Seals


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Over the years, different terminologies have been used for the same parts. To minimize confusion we've collected many of the diffeent names to give customers some reference to the different Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Fiat and Jaguar trim parts that vary in terminology around the world.

Convertible top = soft top, rag top, head, hood, hooding, soft window Targa top, retractable top, vinyl top, top boot, convertibles arriba, converteerbare boven
Carpet = rug, rugs, carpet kit, carpet set, molded carpet, cut and bound carpet.
Seating = seat kit, upholstery kit, leather upholstery, sport seat, recaro seat, vinyl seat, cloth seat, sitzkissen, perforated, perforiert, embossed, sitzpolsterung, imbottitura sedile, asiento tapizado
Sealing = rubber seals, weatherstrips, weatherseals, door seals, window seals, gaskets, dichtungsrahmen
Panels = door panels, linings, trimmings, coverings, sun visor, sunvisor, sonnenblenden, headliner, himmel bespannung, encabezando
Trunk = boot


Leather = hide, side, skin, cowhide, leder, cuero, Connolly, Roser, Bridge of Weir, cuoio, split
Carpet = Abetone, Dorsett, FTV, feintuft, loop, cut pile, Wilton, perlon, tufted, automatico de alfombras, teppich, tapijt, tapis
Vinyl = Spradling, China General, Freudenberg, MB Tex, ambla, leathercloth, rexine, hardura, ICI, vinyle, naugahyde
Topping = Happich, Stafast, STF, Aresma, Sonnendeck, Sunfast, dobby, lienzo, leinwand
Seat Pad =  rubber fiber pad, foam pad, gummihaarauflage, almohadilla
Sunvisor = sonnenblend, pare soleil, domenica visiera, zonneklep