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.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Pro Tip: Winter Driving VIDEO

This may be a good moment to share a Pro Tip on winter driving, especially for folks without 4 wheel drive in the snow:  added weight over the driving wheel will help you maintain traction when the road gets slippery.... as this guy demonstrates.  ;)

Here is the VIDEO:  

Thanks to Bill Robinson for the link!  ;)  

Small Baur World---- Again! Julie's Baur 4555 in Australia!

I love stories like this!  I awoke on December 6, 2017 (which happens to be my wife's birthday) to find a message posted at 3:42am from Kim Mills in Australia:  

HI Wondering if you've seen this, just posted today. Adelaide, Australia

Here is my response:
No I hadn't seen it yet, Kim! Thanks for the heads up! Today is my wife's birthday, so I wont get to it for a bit, but I appreciate you sending it! Thank you! 😉

This was about 10:23am here in Connecticut, USA.  

I continued checking my messages, and I found a SECOND message from Australia, arriving a mere 9 minutes (3:51am) after Kim's message!  It was from the indefatigable Craig Saxon, Baurspotter Extraordinaire:  A mate in Adelaide has just posted a TC1 in the Australian E21 group for sale. I have asked him to post it on the E21 Builds site so you and Jeroen can check the registers
Yes.... it is the very same car!  Two messages from halfway around the world about a Baur that had just been posted.... and arriving here 9 minutes apart!  


I then sent the following message to Kim:
This is really too funny, I have to shsre it with you. I had too messages this morning from Australia, arriving 8 minutes apart. The first was yours regarding the Baur above. The second message was from my friend Craig, also letting me know about this very same Baur! You folks are amazing! I love Aussies! 😉 and I have to tell you..... Not many folks are able to beat Craig to the punch like you just did! 😉 Thank you again!

Welcome to my World!   ;)  

But that is not all, folks!  
My wife and I had a busy day planned for her birthday, so I didn't get to do a write up on this story that day.  I saw later in the day that it had been posted in the Baur Owners Facebook page, so I put it on my 'To Do' list, rather than my "Urgent' list... and got busy with other things, family, holiday preparations, etc. 

Until about 10:00pm last night, when this message arrived, out of the blue, accompanied by the two attached photos! 
Hi there... My names Julie and I have bought this gorgeous girl... I'm in Adelaide Australia and thought I'd share her... 

Whoa!  The same Baur #4555!  And sent to me by the new, proud owner!  Imagine my surprise!  ;)

I thanked her for contacting me, and briefly related the story above!    It is indeed a Small Baur World, folks! 

Here are some more pics she sent me, with a note:
"Yeap that's her. She is a 1981 323i auto. Have already put alpina wheels on her and as you can see a good wash... My full name is Julie Pfennig and I'm on a few e21 pages on Facebook and I am grateful how supportive the e21 and Baur community are... Here's some more pics.. And thanks... Last pic is of both my e21's. "

Here are the pics from the original ad: 

See why I love this stuff?  ;)

Thank you to the alert Kim Mills and the ever-vigilant Craig Saxon for the heads-up on this Baur, and for helping make this such funny story!

Congratulations and Welcome to Baurspotting to Julie Pfennig for completing this story with her new acquisition!  Best wishes, Julie, and please keep us posted!  ;)  

BMW M1 For Sale in Florida: : $658,000!

1981 BMW M1 1 Owner, 8,000 Miles, Supercar

One Original Owner, 8,000 Miles, Survivor

Thanks to our friend, Charbel Haddad, for alerting us to this M1 by Baur currently for sale on ebay in Florida!  

Hmmm.  I wonder if we know the owner.  ;)  
(Update:  No, we do not know the owner.... but we DO know someone who owns a blue M1 in Florida ---- a 1980 model.  But not this one.)

And, btw, in case you are wondering why we claim this as a Baur:
 Baur participated (along with a number of others) in the final assembly and completion of the M1 after Lamborghini was unable to meet its contractual obligations for the car*.  
1978 - 1981Final assembly and completion of the BMW M1

US $658,000.00

Item specifics

Seller Notes:WBS59910004301393 - VIN number
Year: 1981VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 00000000000000000
Mileage: 8,000Transmission: Manual
Make: BMWVehicle Title: Clear


Options: Cassette Player
Trim: M1Power Options: Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows
Fuel Type: GasolineExterior Color: Dark Blue
For Sale By: DealerInterior Color: Black
Drive Side: Left-hand drive

Item description

We recently met the owner of an incredible 1981 BMW M1. A true enthusiast, the M1 followed him during his incredible career that brought him and the M1 to almost every continent. South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, Arizona and eventually Miami.

1981 BMW M1
8,000 Original Miles
One owner from New
Books, Tools, Documents and More! 
We have been incredibly fortunate to encounter some of the world’s most incredible cars. I believe that the best cars are the ones with the best history. They come with a story, they have character. I love cars with original interiors, patina on every switch and gauge. Vintage leather has a smell that cannot be duplicated and some interiors have a sheen that even the best restorers cannot replicate.
We recently met the owner of an incredible 1981 BMW M1. A former journalist who was invited personally by BMW to purchase one of the last supercars produced. He took delivery of the car in Germany and never looked back. A true enthusiast, the M1 followed him during his incredible career that brought him and the M1 to almost every continent. South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, Arizona and eventually Miami.
During that time the car was brought to car shows, displayed at BMW dealers and lovingly cherished. A combination of period photos, car show placards, old registration stickers and original Pirelli P7 tires tell the incredible story of an M1 and its loving owners 36 years together.
Never abused, completely original and only 13,000 kms.
We are honored to offer this car to the public for the first time in many years. We feel it’s our duty that the next caretaker must be as loving and as passionate as its first.
New to South Africa. Complete with original photos at delivery, records, books and tools.
Stunning original survivor example. Completely bone stock with the exception of aftermarket 1980s Blaupunkt Speakers installed.


Dealer Contact
Tel: 1-561-801-0092



Thanks, Charbel!  

*Baur History:  Chronological Chart:  

Monday, December 4, 2017

Re-Listed: A Beautiful 1985 BMW 323i Baur TC - $13500 (Newton, MA)

Thanks to our old friend, and fellow Baur owner, Ed 'The Pooleman" Poole for sending us the link to this Baur which is back on the market.  It is a beauty, folks!  We previously did a posi on it about a year and a half ago*.  It was also also listed in Hemmings Magazine about a year before that.

Baur 3641

1985 BMW 323i Baur TC
E30 body convertible 
1 owner
49,500 original miles
Diamond Schwartz Metallic

No winters, no rust, no mechanical problems 
Always garaged, 32 years
All maintenance current
New timing belt
New brakes
New fluids: brake fluid, engine oil and filter, transmission fluid

No leaks, no rust, needs no mechanical repairs 

Cosmetically exceptional

VIN: WBAAA710609168629 
condition: like new 
cylinders: 6 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 49503 
paint color: black 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: convertible 

  • copy and paste into your email:




Thank you, Ed!