1982 BMW 323i Baur

1982 BMW 323i Baur
Memorial Day 2010 First Drive 1982 323i BMW Baur Lapisblau M20 5 speed #4154 of 4595 made. The car was imported to California by Dietel Enterprises. I have since changed the wheels, installed the clear turn signal lenses, and I am in the process of installing a new cabriolet roof. I have to do something about those bumpers, too. :) I love this car! To see one of the reasons why, check my post "Score One For the Good Guys" on 6/26/2011.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Car of the Month Dec 2018 ON BMW 2002 Site: 1972 BMW 2002 BAUR CABRIO TARGA

Thanks to our friend, Bob Kauffman, for the heads up on this beautiful example of a Cabrio Targa by Baur!  This is hot off the press on the BMW 2002 website*!

1972 BMW 2002 Cabrio Targa by Baur.  The article is written by Richard Stern, a familiar BMW 2002 guy!  Kudos, Richard!

Here is the article, with a link below:

VIN# 2795011
History:  The BMW Targa was shown in prototype form at the Amsterdam Motor Show in early 1971 and became available that April.  There were examples for both LHD and RHD markets, although the numbers of RHD cars was small and production was halted early.  The final Targa models were completed in December 1975 after a production run lasting just over four years with 1963 LHD cars produced.
These cars had a more rigid structure than the full Convertibles thanks to a structural framework above the passenger compartment which was braced to the windshield header rail.  The conversion from standard 2002s was carried out by Baur, but numbers were restricted partly by the coachbuilders’ capacity, thus the Baur Targa was never officially imported to the US.  All Baur conversion work was done predominantly by hand and was therefore time-consuming.
Here is what BMW had to say in the 70’s, 2002 brochure.  “The body style blends the functional practicality of the BMW 2002 with the advantage of a well-designed convertible.  The plastic top can be removed with a few twists of the wrist and easily stored in the trunk.  The rear window is simply lowered behind the back seats.  The roll bar remains, in no way limiting the feeling of driving a convertible.  But its massive strength protects the passengers safely and reliably.  With this roll bar, BMW has added to the convertible concept an additional safety factor, which many open-car drivers of today would not want to be without.”
This example:  The Werk Shop did a complete, no two parts stayed together, high quality, show winning restoration on this vehicle for a Doctor in Dayton, Ohio.  The car can be considered factory new and was finished and delivered to him in 2004.  It is in perfect condition with only a few tweaks and a tune up needed for perfect performance.  It is a smooth, comfortable driver that we lightly modified with sport springs, shocks, exhaust and larger carburetor. The collector then added the strut stress bar which can easily be removed.  Health and retirement have forced the sale.
This award winning collectable is priced to sell at $125,000
Don Dethlefsen
The Werk Shop


Monday, November 12, 2018

ONE OF A KIND (Actually Two of a Kind): 323i E21 Prototype HIS Cabrio Hardtop On Marktplaats!

Posted by our friend and fellow Baur owner Peter van Uum today in Facebook.  This is listed as a 'one of a kind prototype', but, as Peter points out, it is actually the SECOND example of an HIS Cabrio.  Peter owns the other one.

Marktplaats is in the Netherlands, so we assume that is where the car is also.


A truly unique (here idd is only one of them) E21 323i in good condition.

sometime (about 2001) I bought this car on a spur because without knowing immediately what it was, I knew for certain that it was something special here. After a long search and knocking on many closed doors, I discovered that it is a prototype of a project that was started by Toine Hezemans (former BMW factory driver) with the aim of exporting these cars to the USA in a certain edition. He was also completely in USA trim when I bought the car. At the time I spoke with the director of Indupol in Belgium (who made the special roof structure) and he confirmed that this is indeed the only one.

The US trim, however, I found so ugly that I made a European one again.

The special feature is the roof structure: the roof is removable in 3 parts (front part - like a Baur, middle section and rear window) .The big advantage in terms of use is that you just have a glass rear window and also see more than just moving spots All 3 parts can be stored in the trunk.

I.v.m. emigration now for sale.

At the time I had the bottom block overhauled and had the head revised and edited by racing boy Boy Huizer and had a somewhat sharper Schrick camshaft (I mean 272 degrees). Recently I have the distribution / water pump done and the entire inhibitorij renewed / overhauled.

Last summer (which was fortunately long and dry so that we could drive daily) we toured Europe for 2 months as a farewell. During that period, there was no fault with the car. He just turned out to be extremely reliable.

Equipped with all kinds of tasty options:

- original leather two-tone Recaro sports interior
- Alpina Tellerbak (from a C1)
- Alpina steering wheel (zgan)
- 5-bin
- electric mirrors Left & right
- power steering
- Alpina wheels 15 "(the REAL, with ET12 and so 6J before and 7J behind, as it should be)
- Alpina front spoiler
- FOHA rear spoiler
- Alpina chassis (Bilstein / Eibach)
- Alpina adjustable backstab (thicker and adjustable, see photos)
- Alpina sperdiff however WITHOUT the Alpina diffdeksel because I have sold because it did not fit when the standard exhaust was still there.
- Alpina exhaust (or the replacement recognized by the Alpina-Meinheimschaft because the original is no longer available) so the sound is all right :-)

- Clear paint on some spots damaged
- rust on the rear bumper
- first minute cold running he runs a little slow idle (not even noticing in summer)

Everything works and functions nicely and since I also possessed various Alpina's I can report that you will not find an E21 that is tighter around the corner than this one. With the fantastic sound as icing on the cake!


Een écht unieke (hier is er dus idd maar één van) E21 323i in goede staat.

ooit (ca. 2001) kocht ik deze auto in een opwelling want zonder direct te weten wát het was, wist ik wel zeker dat het hier iets bijzonders betrof. Na lang zoeken en op veel dichte deuren kloppen kwam ik er achter dat het een prototype betreft van een project dat ooit gestart is geweest door Toine Hezemans (toenmalig BMW-fabriekscoureur) met het doel deze auto's in een bepaalde oplage te exporteren naar de USA. Hij was ook geheel in USA-trim toen ik de auto kocht. Destijds heb ik de directeur van Indupol in België (die de bijzondere dakopbouw gemaakt hebben) gesproken en die bevestigde dat het inderdaad om dit enig exemplaar gaat.

De USA-trim vond ik echter zó lelijk dat ik er weer een europeaan van gemaakt heb.

Het bijzondere is de dakopbouw: het dak is in 3 delen uitneembaar (voorste deel -zoals bij een Baur-, middendeel en achterruit. Hét grote voordeel qua gebruik is overigens dat je gewoon een glazen achterruit hebt en ook wat meer ziet dan alleen maar bewegende vlekken. Alle 3 de delen kunnen in de kofferbak opgeborgen worden.

I.v.m. emigratie nu te koop.

Indertijd heb ik het onderblok laten reviseren en de kop laten reviseren en bewerken door racerij-tuner Boy Huizer en laten voorzien van een wat scherpere Schrick nokkenas (ik meen 272 graden). Recent heb ik de distributie/waterpomp laten doen en de gehele remmerij vernieuwd/gereviseerd.

Afgelopen zomer (die gelukkig lang én droog was zodat we dagelijks open konden rijden) 2 maanden lang mee door Europa getourd bij wijze van afscheid. In die periode geen enkele storing gehad aan de auto. Hij is gewoon uiterst betrouwbaar gebleken.

Voorzien van allerlei smakelijke opties:

- origineel lederen two-tone Recaro sport-interieur
- Alpina Tellerbak (van een C1)
- Alpina stuur (zgan)
- 5-bak
- elektrische spiegels Links & rechts
- stuurbekrachtiging
- Alpina wielen 15" (de ECHTE, met ET12 en dus 6J voor en 7J achter, zoals het hoort)
- Alpina voorspoiler
- FOHA achterspoiler
- Alpina onderstel (Bilstein/ Eibach dus)
- Alpina verstelbare achterstabi (dikker en verstelbaar, zie foto's)
- Alpina sperdiff echter ZONDER het Alpina diffdeksel want die heb ik verkocht omdat die er niet op paste toen de standaard uitlaat er nog onder zat.
- Alpina uitlaat (cq de door de Alpina-gemeinschaft erkende vervanger omdat het origineel niet meer te krijgen is) dus het geluid is helemaal in orde :-)

- Blanke lak op een paar plekjes beschadigd
- roest op de achterbumper
- eerste minuut koudloop loopt hij wat langzaam stationair ('s zomers niet eens te merken)

Alles werkt & functioneert netjes en aangezien ik ook diverse Alpina's bezeten heb kan ik melden dat je geen E21 vindt die strakker de hoek om gaat dan deze. Met het fantastische geluid als kers op de taart!


NEW TO US: 1974 Baur Targa in New York!

UPDATE November 13, 2018:  Link to more pics!  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1et9hobQ8Wapa2w0nIF4mb6qZZ-O5H6x5

Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Mike Pugh for the heads up on this beautiful 1974 2002 Cabrio Targa by Baur, located in New York, that was posted in the 2002FAQ forum yesterday.  

According to the info posted (below), it may be coming up for sale in the not too distant future, so stay tuned.  And he is correct in his comments:  these don't come on the market very often.  We know a number of folks have purchased them in Europe, or even Australia, and shipped them here in recent years.   So here is one that is literally in our own backyard!!!   Exciting news!  

So, in the meantime..... what do you folks think?  Any feedback on the potential value/pricing is most welcome.  If you have an interest in purchasing this Baur, well, it may be a little premature, but you can contact the seller through the link* below.  

We don't have a lot of info, but from what we can see, it certainly looks like a wonderful example that has fairly low mileage and has apparently been well cared for.  We look forward to learning more about it.

Owner's comments from the 2002FAQ:
Hello - Just joined the forum today. My father has a 1974 Baur Targa that he’s thinking about selling and we’re having a hard time gauging a reasonable price point because it doesn’t seem they come to market all too often. I understand a car is only worth what someone is willing to pay, but I was hoping to get some input from a group of knowledgeable enthusiasts such as yourselves. I myself have a 1976 Toyota FJ40 and find invaluable information on the forum I belong to. At any rate - this Targa was imported from Italy, spent most of its life in California and has been in NY the last 12 or so years - always garaged. It has 90k original KMs. I’ve included some pics below as a reference. My father knows the car better than I but it’s rock solid and runs great. Any input on potential value/starting asking price would be greatly appreciated. If you feel there’s a different avenue I should be taking in terms of finding out this information please chime in - I know there are many variables when it comes to pricing, really just looking for any general input. Thanks in advance.

*You will find it here:

Thank you, Mike Pugh!  Keep those cards and letters coming!  We appreciate your help!  ;)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

BMW 2002 tii Baur Cabriolet EUR 12.050,00 on ebay Germany!

Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Afonso Conceicao for the 'heads up' on this Cabrio Targa on eBay Germany, as we speak.  It is listed as a 'rebuilt 2002 Baur Cabriolet'.  Caveat emptor:  probably not an original 'tii' model. 

Seller's comments:
offer here a BMW 2002 tii Baur Cabriolet. The vehicle has been rebuilt as follows:

Engine: 2002 tii puffer fish injection
fender Flares
front spoiler
5-speed sports transmission
Recaro sports seats
wood steering wheel
EUR 12.050,00
(minimum price not reached)

biete hier ein BMW 2002 tii Baur Cabriolet. Das Fahrzeug ist wie folgt umgebaut worden:

Motor: 2002 tii Kugelfischer-Einspritzung


Thank you, Afonso! ;)

Baurs for Sale in the US Today

I perused Craigslist this morning and found the following Baurs currently listed for sale across the US:

For Sale:  Northern Michigan

1982 BMW 323ie RARE - $8200

1982 BMW 323ie. Baur Edition. Rare. 122,xxx miles. Runs great! 6 cylinder fuel injected. Convertible hard top. Does not leak. New exhaust and radiator from Germany. Rebuilt motor. 

$8,200 or best offer

Call or text 231-715-OO34


Newton, Massachusetts


1985 BMW 323i Baur TC - $13800 (Newton) 

E30 body

49,608 original miles
No accidents

Original Owner
Clean Massachusetts Title

Diamond Schwartz Metallic

Always garaged, 33 years
No winters, no rust, no mechanical problems
New Continental timing belt and tensioner
New water pump and BMW Coolant
New brakes Front and Rear
New fluids: brake fluid, engine oil and filter, transmission fluid, coolant
No leaks, no rust, needs no repairs

Pioneer CD Stereo with new speakers 2016

Jack, spare tire, and tool kit complete

Cosmetically exceptional

Please note:

If you would like to speak directly, please leave a telephone number in your response and a good time to call or text. Please indicate if you are providing a mobile telephone number or both. Please do not ask for my telephone prior to providing yours. I will provide my telephone number once arrangements to see the car have been finalized.

I also ask that only serious, qualified buyers respond. Initial conversations will be intentionally short. No negotiations via phone or electronic communication. This car is in exceptional condition and no amount of conversation or photographs can replace an actual visit. I define a serious inquiry by the willingness to come see the car. There will be no joy rides. Ideally, I am looking for someone that will appreciate and care for this automobile just as I have.

I look forward to meeting you.


Charleston, SC

Euro 1984 BMW 323i BAUR - $8495 (Mount Pleasant)

Charleston, SC

This 1984 323i Baur TC2 is a grey-market import finished in Alpine White with a black retractable top and powered by a 2.3 liter inline-six paired with a 5-speed manual transmission . The car was acquired four years ago and I put 10k of its 156,000 indicated miles.Modifications include Recaro seats, and Alpina air dam, and carbon fiber interior trim. Recent work consisted of a new timing belt, water pump, valve adjustment and oil change and much more. This E30 is offered with four years of records, a car fax report and a Clean South Carolin Title. 
The car retains European-spec bumpers,grilles, "smiley" ellipsis headlights, and yellow tired high beams. Gold BBS basket weave wheels wear New, Nitto Extreme Performance tires. 
All the work that has been done to this car while I owned it was performed by Exclusivey Bimmers in Mount Pleasant,SC and no expense was spared I have the paperwork to prove it.
To much to list ,must see in person. Pm me to set up appointment to see the car, Thanks