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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy 20th Anniversary to Trainspotting!




In case you were wondering, the answer is 'yes'. This is the origin of the name of my blog, and my Facebook page: "Baurspotting".  Trainspotting happens to be my favorite movie, so it was a very natural choice. 

And that is, after all, exactly what we do here:  we spot Baurs all over the world!  ;)  Perfect! 

The movie is not for everyone, btw. You have been warned!

You may have noticed this pic in the sidebar of the blog.  That is a still from the movie "Trainspotting" where Ewan MacGregor and Johnny Miller are imitating Sean Connery's "James Bond 007"while initiating some mischief.  Now you know why it is here!  ;)  

Here is a little video blurb about the 20th Anniversary of Trainspotting.  Check it out!
https://www.facebook.com/TribecaSL/videos/1367361039944011/

Baurspotters Alert! Baurs Spotted in Athens, Greece By Liu Leo

Thank you to our friend Liu Leo for sending us a variety of pics that he has taken of Baurs in Greece over the past year or so.  We do not have any further info on them, and neither did Liu.  He did mention "Most cars with the old style Greek license plates (no Euro band) should have been sold directly to Greece, if that helps."  

 However, we do have Baur owners and Baurspotters in Greece, and perhaps someone can help us identify them.  They appear to be all TC2 Baurs, btw.  
A Beauty! 













Here is a VIN that may be helpful in identifying this Baur! 













This one should be easy to spot!  Red with a white roof!  


OK, Baurspotters!  Can we find these Baurs?

;)

Thanks, Liu Leo! 











1978 BMW 320i Baur From The Mecum AuctionFor Sale! Video!


"1978 BMW 320I BAUR EXTREMELY RARE EURO MODEL. TARGA CABRIOLET!"



Speaking of Baurs resurfacing--- we just posted three from the NY area yesterday---- and here is another one!  The first E21 Baur ever sold (as far as we know) at a Mecum Auction (Houston April 2016) is also back on the block!














This is Baur #251. 



This sold for about $10-12,000 in April at the Mecum Auction.  I have had conflicting reports.. The larger number may include the 'buyer's premium', paid to the auction house, but I am not sure.
Here is where it stands now with 6 days to go:   Current bid:
US $4,051.00







We will be interested to see how this auction turns out.  It was up once before and failed to meet reserve.

Tons of pics here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1978-BMW-3-Series-EXTREMELY-RARE-EURO-MODEL-TARGA-CABRIOLET-/172274683327?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368


Baurspotting has posted previously about this Baur on several occasions:
http://baurspotting.blogspot.com/2016/01/baur-lovers-alert-tc1-baur-going-to.html


Here is another post from a few months back:
http://baurspotting.blogspot.com/2016/01/small-baur-world-early-1978-320-rust.html

Here is an even 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

1989 3181 TC2 in Cologne: New Find!

Congratulations to Julian Suteu who sent me these pics of his 1989 318i Baur in Cologne, Germany the other day.  I have checked the Registry , and it is not yet listed, so this qualifies as a NEW FIND!

Congrats and welcome to Baurspotting, Julian! 










































Very nice, Julian!  Thank you for sending, and welcone to our Baur Community!  ;)


Bonus pics from Julian's Facebook page!  ;)



1987 BMW 325e Cabriolet E30 Auto in OZ

Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Craig Saxon for the link to  this TC2 Baur for sale in Australia!




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$14,000*
215,000 kmODOMETER
ConvertibleBODY TYPE
AutomaticTRANSMISSION
6cyl 2.7L PetrolENGINE

VehicleE30 Cabriolet Convertible 2dr Auto 4sp 2.7i
Price
Cost to InsureGet your car insurance estimate now
Kilometres215,000
ColourRed
Interior Colourbeige
Transmission4 speed Automatic
Body2 doors 4 seat Convertible
Drive TypeRear Wheel Drive
Engine6 cylinder Petrol Aspirated 2.7L
Registration Plate51640H
Registration Expiry10 Months - May 2017
Build DateThe date this car was built.Check with seller
Compliance DateThe date this car was complianced to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs).Check with seller
Roadworthy/Safety CertificateYes
Carsales Network IDSSE-AD-4138900
Fuel Economy Combined
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  • Engine Type
    Type of engine, typically electric, piston or rotary.
    Piston 
    Engine Location
    Front 
    Engine Size (cc)
    Measured in cubic centimetres.
    2693 (cc) 
    Induction
    Method of air/fuel introduced to the engine e.g. naturally aspirated, turbo etc
    Aspirated 
    Cylinders
    Number of combustion chambers in an internal combustion engine
  • Gears
    Gear Type
    How the vehicle changes gear
    Automatic 
    Generic Gear Type
    Automatic 
    Gear Location
    Location of the gearstick within a vehicle
    Floor 
    Drive
    Which wheels are driven by the engine
    Rear Wheel Drive 
  • Fuel Type
    Fuel used by the engine, eg. Petrol, diesel, LPG etc
    Petrol - Unleaded ULP 
    Fuel Delivery
    Fuel is delivered to the engine
    Multi-Point Injection 
    Method of Delivery
    The fuel method delivery of a vehicle.
    Electronic 
  • Length
    Length of a vehicle at its longest point.
    4330 (mm) 
    Width
    Width of a vehicle at its widest point (excluding mirrors).
    1650 (mm) 
    Height
    Height of a vehicle at its highest point.
    1380 (mm) 
  • Country of Origin
    The country in which the vehicle was assembled from components to complete car
    GERMANY 
    Launch Year
    The year in which this vehicle was first built
    1987 
    Series
    The series of a vehicle model e.g. VY Commodore, FG Falcon
    E30 
    Badge
    Description of a vehicle within a model line.
    Cabriolet 
    Doors
    Seat Capacity
    The number of occupants that can be legally carried within a vehicle.
    Body Style
    Overall shape (style) of the vehicle's body
    Convertible 
    Vehicle Type
    Classification of a vehicle based on its intended use.
    Passenger

Seller's Details

  • Contact Name
    Brett
  • Location
    Chelsea, VIC 3196  

Seller's Comment

This 1987 BMW 325e combines style and luxury. Rare Baur with all service books New windscreen, with mats and sheepskin covers that have never been off seats. Genuine zender front spoiler and BBS rear apron spoiler BBS genuine side skirts. 14" wheels BBS basketweaves. Rare bmw e30 centre arm rest with twin cup holder bmw genuine fact part. On board computer and twin map rear vision mirror option. Comes with central locking, alarm remotes x2. Mtech 2 steering wheel, front headlight protectors & car bra also included. Original spare wheel & tyre never been used and full tool kit. Lovely 2 owner, rare neat example. Roof stores in boot, drop rear canopy and cruise. Recent RWC applied for classic club permit $100 a year rego/permit (not transferable) but available through car club of buyers doing.
The owner (Brett J.) has responded to our inquiry: this is Baur 46658. Since I do not find it listed in the International Baur Registry yet, this qualifies as a NEW FIND! Congratulations, Brett! ;)
https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/BMW-325e-1987/SSE-AD-4138900

Thanks, Craig!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Buying a Project Baur: "Rare does not always mean $$$." Another Small Baur World Story!

It is amazing what you accidentally stumble on sometimes.  Here is an example.  I was reviewing some info on that 1600 Baur for $28,500 in Larchmont, NY (which has been for sale for over a year), when this article from 2009 popped up!

As happens so often around here, I recognized the (sad) car in the pic!

First we have the article that appeared on March 31, 2009, in a (mainly Porsche-oriented) blog called "The Unobtaniate".

Here it is:

Rare does not always mean $$$.

We were sitting around working at the shop one day and my brother’s brother-in-law (that’s a mouthfull) calls and says he is at a Navy auction in Norfolk, VA. He says there is an old BMW 2002, are we interested. This auction is for cars that people left on the base, so they auction them off to recoup storage costs.
An old 2002 is worth about nothing so we say we will pass. He says that’s cool but it is a cool convertible. WHAT? They never made a 2002 convertible, did they? It turns out they did make a coach-built bauer 2002, and they made less than 900 of them. So we bid on it, and get it for $300. It has got to be worth more than that, we hope.
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So we head down to VA and clean the car up and asses it. The engine is locked up and there is some rust, but everything is there.
We put the car on EBAY and it brings a wopping $1700, after we cut in the brother-in-law we ended up netting about $400 a piece.
So, we learned a few things from this.
1. Rare does not always translate to $$$$.
2. Stick to Porsches.
—Adam
Here is the link:
https://unobtaniuminc.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/rare-does-not-always-mean/


So, you will note that the color scheme of that particular Baur is, well... let's be kind and call it 'unusual'.  Non-standard.  And memorable, which is why it looked familiar to me.  :)  So I did a little search through my files and ... BINGO!  

Here it is about a year earlier, in April, 2008.  Same....err .... memorable .... paint job!  ;)  And if you check the 'seller' in the ebay ad, you can see that his name is listed as "unobta...".  That is the same word, or part of the same word, as the name of the blog!  



















So, Baurspotters, last photographed about 7 years ago in rather sad condition... the  question is.... does this Baur still exist?    

:)

Has anyone seen this Baur Cabrio Targa?  Chances are, if you have seen it.... you would remember it, right?  :)  So let us know if you have any clues, hints, salacious rumors, etc, about this car!  We would love to hear it! Good luck, Baurspotters!  ;)