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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Roundel with Baur on Cover From 2009 on ebay!

We just stumbled on this Roundel for sale on ebay featuring a TC2 Baur (with an M Badge).  The magazine is the November 2009 issue.

12 hours to go:

We spotted this about two years ago, and posted about it:

If you just want to be able to read the article..... here it is:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Baur-Type Jaguar Targa Cabriolet

Thanks to my friend, Mike E., up in the Puget Sound Region for the heads up on this little beauty!

OK, ready?

Fixed windows, check!

Removable targa top, check!

Soft fold down rear top, check!

Built-in roll bar, check!

A Baur by any other name, would still smell as sweet!

Try to find a 1985 jaguar full Cabriolet.  You won't find one.  Why?  For the same reason you wont find any other factory cabriolets!  This Jaguar's design is the Jaguar response to the same exact problem that BMW responded to with the Baurs:  there was a perception that convertibles were going to be banned for safety reasons in those days.  "Unsafe in a rollover"  And what do you see as the most prominent feature in the pic above..... just as you see it as a prominent feature in the BMW Baur Top cabriolets:  fixed windows and a built in roll bar..... it is actually  more  of a cage..... in response to the 'unsafe in a rollover'  issue.  The BMW Baurs, and this Jag also, are historical artifacts of that period in automotive history when there was widespread concern that many governments, including the US Govt, were going to ban convertibles!  That is the 'raison d'etre' of the Baur Top Cabriolet design, and this jaguar cabriolet, as well!

This is the  "1985 Rare Jaguar XJ SC 3.6 5-Speed Cabriolet Targa Top XJS ". Check it out!

Here is the text from the ad:
"Beautiful Sage Green 1985 Jaguar XJ-SC 3.6 5-Speed Cabriolet Targa Top in very good condition. Showing just 63,700 documented miles from new .

The car is an absolute pleasure to drive and with the factory Getrag 5 speed manual gearbox makes it a very rare car with very few others like it in the USA (maybe 5 or 6). Try and find another. The 3.6 engine is an excellent performer and the lighter motor results in much better handling than the heavy V12 models. It is also a great long distance cruiser and is light on fuel too! The car is in original condition. Clean clear California title.

Complete history, owners manuals and original tools go with the car.
I believe these 5- speed models will grow tremendously in value. Rarity of any car always results in great value, especially if its a Jag!

A great looking, rare low milage example, sheer driving pleasure. This car will not disappoint and you will have purchased an investment at the same time!

Interested parties please e-mail all inquires with valid local phone number & e-mail address for a prompt response.


Wow!  Great find, Mike!  Thank you!

Mike, btw, is also associated with the LeMay Family Collection in Tacoma, WA, which has just added an E30 TC2 Baur to their collection!

For Sale in Carlsbad, CA!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

700 Cabrio Project in CA

Thanks to SoCal Vintage for this pic of a 700 Cabrio (by Baur) project that they spotted today at La Jolla Independent in San Diego, CA!

It was posted in facebook today:

.... and they also posted a pic of one of our faves:  Carl Nelson's 1600 Voll Cabrio, which appeared int he famous Katy Perry music video!  I like to think of this as the cabrio that made Katy Perry famous!   ;)

Thank you SoCal Vintage!  Looks like you guys had a great trip to La Jolla Independent!

Oh, all right.  Here is that little video of the cabrio which made Katy Perry famous.  ;)

Oops.  My bad.  :)  Great video of this cabrio, though, isnt it?

Here is Katy:

Here is more about Carl Nelson's famed 1600 Baur Cabrio:

Baur in Bundesland!

Thanks to Craig R. for the reminder about the Baur Cabrio Targa just purchased by Susanne K. in Bundesland Hessen.

This is the only pic we have of it for now.  Craig states that the other BMW in the pic is Susanne's 2002A that is for sale.

UPDATED PIC!  Thank you, Susanne!

Congratulations, Susanne and welcome to our Baur Community!  And thank you Craig for the timely reminder!  

Baur in Belgium!

Thanks to Francois Tasiaux and Patrick Eric Kneip for spotting and posting this Baur  from Knokke, Belgium!

Thanks for posting!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Baur Targa Cabrio For Sale in Aberdeen, Scotland!

Thanks to eagle-eyed Taner Salih for this link!

N.B.  Note to seller:  if you misspell a critical word, you may miss you audience!  Baur, not

Nice job, Taner!

I gotta tell ya.... I actually love this car!  ;)


"With under 60,500 original miles, old mots to prove from 88,89,91,92,93,94 & 97. I've owned this car for 20 years as part of a collection that has never been finished, thousands spent in the past years & recently fitted a Jamic brand new hood, recovered the roll bar repaired & recovered the Targa Top inc inside. 3 previous owners & dry stored since the early 90's. Work carried out in 97 (not used since as long term stored in 97) was as follows, new inner & outer sills, jacking point, floors pans & wings. Brakes refurbished & rebuilt, stainless steel centre exhaust fitted. Good points; Starts, drives & stops. Good engine/gear box & running gear. Car also comes with the original # plate HAS 886N (Has Been) if you like that sort of thing & some spares. The car has the rare & desired Alpina wheels (x 5 of) & 4x new tyres fitted along with a new battery & distributer cap. Bad bits; Boot floor needs replaced & the lower drivers side rear panel & arch (see photo) the 2 x door bottoms have gone (Drivers door is worse) these could have the bottom skinned but really needs 2 x new doors. Period fitted towbar.Bonnet has some rust (mostly inside the rim) but is repairable, various small patches of rust nothing through though. Bumper are pitted also & the outer stainless trims need replaced or removed as some owners do. The car is a restoration project & as such will need to be trailered away. I can help with transport if needed @ additional cost. Cash on collection. Great project for someone. Any further questions, please ask. Viewings welcome."


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Baur Project For Sale in The Netherlands

Thanks to Leon v d B. of The netherlands for posting this E21 Baur for sale

Iemand nog op zoek naar bmw e21 baur onderdelen of een complete baur om te restaureren. Net gekocht 320 baur automaat. Originele bmw spaakvelgen, stuurbekrachtiging, automaat etc

Anyone still looking for bmw e21 baur components or a complete baur to be restored. Just bought 320 baur vending machine. Original bmw spoked rims, power steering, automatic etc (Translated by Bing)