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, February 6, 2016

Belgian Baur: Cooper's 323i!

Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Craig Saxon once again for the heads up on this 323i Baur in Belgium which was posted in Jeroen's BMW E21 Network - bmwe21.net today.

It is owned by Cooper Naets, and these pics were apparently taken on a recent trip to Provence in France.








































We look forward to learning the Baur plate numbererof this Baur to determine if it is a new find!

Thanks, Craig!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SJ Lmb's Beautiful TC2 Baur in New Zealand!



Today in a thread in Facebook Old School Beemers, SJ Lmb mentioned that he too owned a South African-built Baur.  So I invited him to post some pics.  Sure enough, few minutes later he posted these two pics. I assumed ---wrongly as it turned out!---- that since he had a South African-built Baur, and he was commenting on a SA Facebook page, that he was located in SA also!

Wrong! :)


 I thought the pics looked a little familiar,  .... and his name as well.... so I checked my files.  :)   Nope, nothing by that name in South Africa.   Hmmm.  So I checked his Facebook page!  ;)

Bingo!    SJ Lmb is in New Zealand!  Who da thought!  :)  



I found these two pics in my files, stating "SJ Lmb 1987 325i MTech!  New Zealand"!   So I took the liberty of checking SJ's Facebook page and discovered... this is a guy who LOVES his Baur!  :)  




Why do I think he loves his Baur?  Here is the caption he himself added to the pic above, apparently when he first purchased it:
"Negotiations complete after some hours. Baur power. Built in my homeland and now under my ownership. Love comes in many forms. Man and his automobile is the most senseless but comprehendable form. E30 baby!!" ---SJ Lmb.  


Gotta love that!  Congratulations and welcome to Baurspotting, SJ Lmb!  :)  Here are some of the other pics of his Baur from his page.  





























Nobody has this many pics of their car unless they absolutely LOVE it!  I believe SJ Lmb loves his car!  

And I love this stuff! :)  

Congrats again, SJ, and thank you for sharing your beautiful Baur with us!  










Steven's South African-Built TC2 Baur!

Here is an example of one of the 3,000 Baurs built in South Africa under license to Baur!   Posted today in Old School Beemers by Steven Janse van Rensburg.

Notice that the Baur top frame is body-colored.   This is one of the distinguishing features of the SA built Baurs.  Stuttgart-built Baurs all have black top frames.   This Baur will not have a Baur plate number, btw, since it was not built in Stuttgart.

 Note the color of the Baur top frame:  red!  





Congratulations to Steven and welcome to Baurspotting!  Thank you for posting!  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Baur Lovers Alert!!! TC1 Baur Going To Famous Mecum "Collector Car" Auction in Houston April 2016!


Collector Car Status?   Whoa!  :)  

Thanks again to Ed Poole for sending me the link to the Hemmings ads the other day.  In addition to the three M1s that were listed, look what ELSE I found there!

This TC1 Baur, which we have featured here* a couple of weeks ago--- for at least the second time**!---- is going to the famous Mecum Auction in Houston, Texas  April 14-16, 2016!

This may give Baur Owners around the world a good idea of where the Baurs stand in terms of achieving 'Collector Status'!   I don't frankly know if we have made it yet. but this definitely puts us ON THE MAP, regardless of how the auction goes!

At the very least, the Baurs will be a topic of conversation among the national audience that the Mecum Auction draws, and no doubt, many folks will be learning about them for the first time!
And you will notice that the ad features the statement:  "One of 4,595 produced."

(You know where they got that figure from?  Baurspotting!  It's working, folks!  :) )

I will try to get to the Mecum folks to provide them with more specific info about the Baurs.   They can include it in their live conversation when the Baur actually rolls onto the stage, such as the fact that there are only 106 known BMW E21 Baurs like this in the entire US,  and less than 800 of the 4595 known to exist in the world, etc!   Hopefully I can get through to them before the show!

Anyway you look at it, this is exciting news for BMW Baurs!  I can't wait to see it!  

Here is the link to the Mecum Auction page:

LOT T35 // HOUSTON 2016 // APR 14-16


1978 BMW BAUR TOPCABRIOLET
ONE OF 4,595 PRODUCED





1978 BMW Baur TopCabriolet


1978 BMW Baur TopCabriolet 


Price: Auction 


Body Style: Baur TopCabriolet   Stock No.: HA: T35   Exterior: White 


Location: Houston, Texas, United States 

Description:

- Rare, only 4,595 produced between 1978-1981
- Engine and transmission have been resealed
- Aftermarket air conditioning
- New caps, rotors, plugs, water pump, timing belt, shifter bushings and radiator
- New exhaust
- New inter 

Auction Information for Mecum Auctions: Houston 2016

NRG Center, One NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054
PH: 262-275-5050
Website: http://www.mecum.com






HIGHLIGHTS


- Rare, only 4,595 produced between 1978-1981 
- Engine and transmission have been resealed 
- Aftermarket air conditioning 
- New caps, rotors, plugs, water pump, timing belt, shifter bushings and radiator 
- New exhaust 
- New interior 
- New convertible top with new seals 
- Updated/replaced headlights, turn signals and other lens covers 
- Updated badging 
- Rust free

https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail/HA0416-241274/0/1978-BMW-Baur-TopCabriolet/

Thank you, Ed!  ;)  


*Here is our post from a couple of weeks ago:
http://baurspotting.blogspot.com/2016/01/small-baur-world-early-1978-320-rust.html

**Here is an earlier post about this same Baur from August 2014, before we knew the Baur number:
http://baurspotting.blogspot.com/2014/08/e21-baur-in-texas-for-sale.html

And here is a link to the Mecum Auction viewing schedule on TV, in case you are able to catch the broadcast!
https://www.mecum.com/tv-times.cfm