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, March 20, 2018

Good News on Baur Roof Seals Availablility

From time to time I receive inquiries from around the world from Baur owners who are in need of replacement seals for their Baur roofs, both E21 TC1s and E30 TC2s.

Today I sent an inquiry in this regard to our resident Baur Guru, Jeroen Janssen of The Netherlands, who responded immediately with the following GOOD NEWS:  

Thank you, Jeroen! 
Today's inquiry, btw, came from our friend, Malcolm Reeson in Perth, Western Australia.  You may remember, Malcolm:  he has the ELECTRIC BAUR!!  READ ABOUT IT HERE: 


For the TC2 these are still available from BMW. Targa-part 0006412 for €187,08
For the softtop 0006415 €96,69

Hardtop TC1 0006304 €80,63
Softtop 0006308 €105,76

It´s all on the website of BMW Classic

Friday, March 16, 2018

No Reserve on Bring a Trailer: 1985 BMW 323i Baur TC in Florida

Thanks to our friends and fellow Baur owners Rick Oppedisano and Jonathan Selig for the heads up on this Bring a Trailer auction of a 1985 323i Baur! Rick, btw, has his own TC2 Baur project under way, and we congratulate him and look forward to seeing the finished product sometime soon!  Stay Tuned!  ;) 

Baur Number:   B44154-15.   It is already registered in the International Baur Registry, apparently when it on the market a few years ago.  Small Baur World:  we actually did a brief post on this car in Baurspotting back then, and you can see it here*. "1985 BMW 325 BAUR EDITION - $6350 (BROOKLYN)"  

Just a funny coincidence, but that is the same Baur number (4154) as my 1982 E21 323i TC1 Baur.  Maybe that is a sign that I should buy it, and have a matched set!  ;) 

Text from BaT post:
This 1985 BMW 323i is a Baur TC model that was sold new in Germany and was brought to Melville, New York in December 1990. It remained in New York state with one owner from 1990-2014, was with the next owner for the following two years, and was featured on BaT during its most recent sale in October 2016. Finished in Bronzit Beige Metallic with a black retractable top, this example is powered by a 2.3L inline-six that is backed by a 5-speed manual transmission. Numerous New York state vehicle inspections are shown on the included Carfax along with some dealership services, and the car received an oil change a few months ago. This E30 was acquired by the selling dealer during the last sale in 2016, and is offered for sale with a clean Florida title.

This example wears slim bumpers that were standard equipment on European market cars, and had the center high beam lights tinted yellow by a previous owner. The seller notes that the passenger side door, trunk, rear driver-side quarter panel, and front driver-side fender have been repainted. The corrosion that was noted on the door sills in the previous listing has been repaired, with photos provided in the gallery.

Baur models featured a retractable fabric roof, and this example carries a matching boot cover that is used when the roof is in its lowered position. Photos of the roof in multiple positions can be seen in the gallery.

A spot of damaged paint is present on the hood, and various rock chips and scratches from use are present across the car. The car wears a set of 14″ bottlecap wheels that are mounted with Presa PS01 tires.

The interior has been reupholstered in two-tone leather that replaced the previous cloth seating. Some imperfections are noted, including a cracked dashboard, cracked light on the roof of the interior, and broken plastic on the door panels.

The original radio has been replaced with a modern Pioneer unit, and the correct Euro market steering wheel is present. Approximately 95k miles are shown on the odometer, though the previous ad listed mileage at roughly 97k and an odometer discrepancy is present on the included Carfax. The odometer is not currently functional and true mileage is unknown.

Power comes from a 2.3L M20B23 inline-six that is backed by a 5-speed Getrag manual transmission. The seller notes that an oil change was performed approximately five months ago, and some additional services are present on the included Carfax.

Multiple undercarriage photos have been provided of the chassis, suspension, and related components.

The included Carfax shows no accidents or body repairs, but does note a mileage inconsistency in April 2015. The full report can be seen in the gallery.


*Link to an earlier post on this Baur back in 2016 when it was for sale in New York:

Here are some pics from that earlier sale, and you can see the changes.  I am not sure why it was listed as a 325 back then, and a 323i now.  It could be just an error in the earlier ad.

The seats have been changed.

I am also glad to see that they have now removed that phony "M" badging.

Small Baur World!  ;)

Thanks, Rick and Jonathan!  

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Safety Is Never Out of Fashion: Requiescat in Pace Christian Klorczyk

In Memoriam:  Christian Klorczyk, March 11, 2011.  Today is the seven year Anniversary of this tragedy.    I am reposting this (originally posted March 11, 2012) to remind everyone that, sadly, accidents do happen.  Please stay safe out there.  Always use redundant safety systems.  Please take a few minutes to read through this post and the links.  It will break your heart, but it may save your life.

Safety is never out of fashion.

It was one year ago today that a tragic accident took the life of a local young BMW enthusiast, who was changing his oil.  We can't do anything to change that sad fact, but we can honor his memory by re-publishing the following posts, in the hope that telling his story may save the life of someone else.

The first post is from Christian's Dad, Frederick, who came upon my earlier initial post about his son. Frederick has been working hard, despite his personal tragedy, to get the safety message out to all:

Thank you, Frederick, and please accept our sincere condolences to you and your family.

This was my original post when I first learned of the tragic event:

I have since built a set of these wooden stands, modeled on those shown here by 'potenza'.  My 1989 325ix is up on them as we speak, preparing for a transmission replacement.


Video of a falling jack stand.  That's right.  It happens!

Are ratchetting jack stands safe?


I have more posts on jack stand safety, recommended jack stands, etc back in March and April 2011.  Please check them out.

Have fun, boys and girls, but.... please remember:  Safety first, safety last, safety always.

Christian Klorcyzk, Requiescat in Pace.

Friday, February 23, 2018

1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale in the UK!

Wow!  Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Eric B. out in LA for sending the link to this UK ad!  Great story, great little car, and it appears to be a great example!  Check it out!

1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale

1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale
1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale (picture 1 of 6)
1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale (picture 2 of 6)
1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale (picture 3 of 6)
1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale (picture 4 of 6)
1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale (picture 5 of 6)
1962 BMW 700S scarce early Baur Cabriolet Sport For Sale (picture 6 of 6)
The BMW 700 is a small rear-engined car which was produced by BMW in various models from August 1959 to November 1965. The coupe and saloon versions of the 700 were shown at the 1959 Frankfurt Motor Show. After the show, BMW received 25,000 orders for 700s. Production of the BMW 700 Coupe began in August 1959, with the saloon version following in December. The first variant of the 700 to appear after the original coupe and saloon was the 700 Sport in August 1960. Available only as a coupe, the Sport used an uprated engine with a pair of Solex carburetors and a 9.0:1 compression ratio. This brought the power output to 40 horsepower (30 kW). The Sport also had a rear anti-roll bar. A ribbed oil pan was used to reduce the oil temperature of the more powerful engine. The 700 Sport was renamed the 700 CS in 1963.

The 700S Cabriolet was introduced shortly after the 700 Sport, and was available only with the Sport's 40 horsepower engine. The convertible body was made by Karosserie Baur of Stuttgart, 2,592 convertibles were built. It was the first BMW automobile with a monocoque structure. The 700 was a sales success at a time when BMW was close to financial ruin. The 700 was also successful in its class in motorsport, both in its stock form and as the basis of a racing special called the 700RS.

This Baur cabriolet was formerly in the showroom of a German dealership, when purchased by the owner. It has had professional work carried out to the double skinned floor which are prone to rust, and today can be described in being good original condition, with everything working apart from the clock. The original interior is especially appealing in two tone cream and red. It has the high compression twin carburettor two cylinder engine which propels the car to a 84 mph driven through a four speed transmission.

A very good original example of a rare variant of BMW cabriolet. The body work is good, the floors have been professionally replaced retaining the double skin design by Baur. The interior is original, the hood and tonneau are in good condition, the original mats are in place, an area of carpet needs replacing. The engine again is good condition, being engineer owner maintained. In addition recent work has been carried out to upgrade the drive shafts to CV's from the original BMW rubber doughnuts.

For further information please visit our website for more pictures, or call us directly on 01534 864073
Price:£29950 As stated
Advert Type:For Sale
Category:Classic Cars
Model (alt):700S Cabriolet
Region:Channel Islands
Telephone:+44 (0) 1534 864073
E-mail:Contact Advertiser via Email
Listing Date:15-Feb-2018


Le Riche Automobile Restorers (CI) Ltd.
Unit 10, Springside, Rue de la Monnaie, Trinity, Jersey CI
tel: +44 (0) 1534 864073     
web:  http://www.leriche.com


Thanks, Eric! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

BMW 1600 CABRIOLET. Very rare car. Same owner 23 years. Complete restoration. Chamonix in the UK ebay!

I spotted this ad in BMW 2002 Classifieds tonight:

BMW 1600 CABRIOLET. (1968)
Warwickshire. UK
Chamonix White immaculate 
Ebay listing #
Approx $60,000 USD depending on exchange rates.

Here is the ebay listing: 

Item specifics

Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read more
Year: 1968
Drive Side: Left-hand driveManufacturer: BMW
Safety Features: ImmobiliserModel: 2002
In-Car Audio: AM/FM StereoDoors: 2
V5 Registration Document: PresentColour: White
Country/Region of Manufacture: GermanyReg. Date: 09/12/1968
Service History Available: YesEngine Size: 1,600
Type: Sports/ConvertibleTransmission: Manual
Previously Registered Overseas: YesSeats: 4
Many 02 enthusiasts will have possible noticed I have relisted my Cabriolet  for sale, I can reassure you my example is in extremely good solid rust free condition after benefitting a completed body off restoration some years ago at the same time have a professional engine rebuild undertaken by Walden Engineering in Cambridge incorporating a polished head and enlarged inlet valve with twin 40 Weber’s. 
only covering 9300miles since 1995. It’s extremely solid and rust free i can forward many more images to all interested parties showing all bodywork and other areas. The Cabriolet comes with a large restoration and history file. 

The Cabriolet is currently in winter storage and available for any mechanical and bodywork inspection.

I have hardly had time to enjoy the Cabriolet for years due to work commitments only covering a few hundred miles each summer, it’s regularly serviced each year. 

The full description of the Sale is listed below.

I am selling my rare BMW 1600 Cabriolet after 23 years of ownership, its the last of my collection of classic 02’s, having owned previously the official BMW UK 1974 2002 Turbo press and test car also an Original 74 ALPINAa4S (now in the USA) along with a 67 BMW 1600 Coupe and Tii Lux.
The Paint is the original colour of Chamonix White with black calf leather upholstery and black hood, never driven in the wet and is in excellent condition. Completely restored in 1995 (there is a large photographic record in the history file)  having benefited from a new fabric roof, carpets, and re trimmed black leather original seats. I had a complete body off restoration to the chassis rails with new BMW panels also with a complete engine rebuild with mild upgrades undertaken by Walden Engineering who were based in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire. Walden was made up of staff from the famous Blynstein Engineering in Shepreth. The original M10 engine has the modification of twin Weber 40 DCOE carbs, and Schrick camshaft however, it's completely original in all other respects inc matching numbers, including the standard four-speed transmission, it has only covered 15,500km (9,600 miles) since the restoration back in 1995.  Its very quick with 120hp output and drives superbly. 
Moted till OCT 2019.
The documents in the history file shows it was delivered new to BMW in Paris and the previous seller in the USA mentioned it was ordered for Pierre Cardin the French Fashion designer although, hard evidence has been difficult to confirm these statements and needs to be explored further.  It was bought by a lady in Los Angeles in 1983, which is where it resided until 1994 when a collector brought it to the UK along with a few other Classics and advertised it for sale in England, to where i purchased it  immediately.
This vehicle has won numerous BMW 2002 club awards over the years and wherever she goes it seems to draw a crowd and believed to be the only UK road registered example.
I am a longtime 02 enthusiast and not a trader and if i have missed off any information, plenty more images can be provided including the restoration.
These Cabriolets rarely come up for sale and please do ask me any questions.
This example is believed to be the ONLY road U.K. registered example.
If you would like to arrange an independent inspection please message me, the vehicle is in winter storage near Stratford upon Avon. Only 30 minutes drive from Birmingham international airport. call/sms (44) 7715590199.  
I am happy to provide some names of classic car export companies who export Classics overseas. 
Many thanks

Winning buyer please comply with payment instructions and collection.
Thank you.

1 day 21 hours to go as of this writing.  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202233146307?ViewItem=&item=202233146307