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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Colombia Project: 1972 2002 Cabrio Targa by Baur

This is the third of three posts related to our new found friend in Colombia, Juan Carlos Gonzalez Ortega.  In the first two posts we shared some of the pics that Juan took at the OKFest 2010 in Colombia;   a beautiful --- and uber-rare----- Golf Yellow 2002 Voll Cabrio*, and a BMW M1** super car.

This brings us to our third installment in the series:  Juan's 1972 2002 Cabrio Targa by Baur project!  It is because of this car that we first met Juan a couple of days ago.  Juan made an inquiry in Facebook about a Baur badge that he was seeking for his Cabrio Targa.  Cabrio Targa in Colombia!  Whoa!  ;)  As you can imagine, that got my attention immediately!

This is the Baur badge he was seeking:  we have seen them on the lower quarter panels of some Cabrio Targas.

One thing led to another, and I am now pleased to be able to share pics of Juan's work-in-progress:  1972 BMW Cabrio Targa in Colombia!
As you can see, this Cabrio Targa is a project.  We applaud Juan for taking this project on, to preserve another of these very rare Baurs!   It certainly looks like it will need a lot of work!  Kudos and thank you, Juan!  ;)

Juan tells us that these pics are from 2010, and, for various reasons, the project has been on hold for a few years.  We understand completely!  
And Baurspotting hereby pledges our support to Juan in this endeavor.  We have a global network of Baur friends who I am sure feel the same way that I do, and are eager to lend their help to see this project completed.  You have friends out here, Juan!  :)

This project has a long way to go, as you can see.  We look forward to future updates on this baud from Juan, whenever he is able to resume working on it.  Kudos to you, Juan, and please don't hesitate to ask us for help!  

*1971 BMW 2002 Voll Cabrio by Baur

**BMW M1 by Baur in Colombia

OMG Department Part II: ANOTHER BMW 507 Powered Speedboat!

Thanks to our friend, Paul Skelton, out in Seattle, WA, we have found a SECOND BMW 507 Boat!  Who da thought!!!????

Here is an article about a BMW 507 Boat at auction in 2011:
In a one-off auction by Bonhams at the BMW Museum in Munich this autumn there is a chance to purchase a glorious piece of history in the form of a 1958 BMW Abbate V8 runabout – one of only two in existence. 
This Italian mahogany speedster was the brainchild of semi-professional racing driver Helm Gloeckler, who partnered up with Giulio Abbate, a member of one of Italy’s most famous boat builder families to create this ambitious combination of an ultra light BMW all-aluminium V8 engine with an elegant runabout. 
The modification included retuning the 503/507 dual carburettor motor to deliver high performance, and adding an extra cooling system and specially designed exhaust heaters with an enlarged oil pan – a real show piece for BMW engineering.
The estimate is £175,000 to £240,000.
This is the only boat for sale in the single marque auction, ‘Power by BMW’, which focuses on BMW manufactured and powered motor cars and motorcycles and BMW ‘automobilia’, but it was considered to quite uniquely fit the theme of the auction.
The auction is due to take place on the first weekend in October 2011.
For more information visit www.bonhams.co

Here is the BMW 507 Boat, now owned by Munich Evolution.  Does it look familiar?  ;)

You can easily see that it is the very same boat!  

Thanks for sharing, Paul!

Here is a link to the other BMW 507 Boat!