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.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Looky What I Found in Chicago: Small Baur World!

I stumbled across this Baur tonight on Craigslist.  It looked a little familiar, so, on a hunch, I did a quick search of Baurspotting posts.  And looky what I found:  Baur #340!  Bingo!  The last time we saw this Baur*, it was for sale in New York last summer.  It is also on Ebay, btw**.

1979 BMW 323i BAUR TC1 E21 RARE - $14000 (Chicago)

1979 BMW 323i E21 Baur TC1
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 100006
title status: clean
transmission: manual
Seller's Comments:

BMW Serial #: 6508285
Baur Serial #: 000340-01

- Euro Market only 323i, dash text is in German
- One of only 1659 Baur 323is ever produced
- Highest spec variant of the e21, the first 3-series. 6-cylinder, while all US-delivered cars were 4-cylinders.
- 2014 receipt in hand for a full mechanical rebuild, to the tune of over $10k. Work performed includes a rebuild of the fuel distributor, as well as replacement of the water pump, hoses, timing belt, timing belt tensioner, fuel pump, fuel tank sending unit, fuel filter, air slide valve, warm up regulator, spark plugs, battery, ignition lock, trunk lock, and steering lock. Fuel tanks were removed and cleaned with acid, as well as the inside re-coated. 
- Rust free, impressive condition
- Just ticked past 100k miles
- Baur "Top Cabrio" top was just serviced, rear plastic replaced. No leaks. 
- Radio and heat work. AC blows but it's not cold.
- Right around the year 2000 this car was brought to Ultimate BMW in New York, where they stripped the car down, repaired a couple dings and signs of rust, and repainted the car in an OEM grey that was slightly darker than the original Polaris.
- Paint looks great with the exception of the the passenger side of the hood which shows a little bit of texture. Looks like some dust made its way under the paint. It's not glaring, but worth noting. 
- Wheels are in good shape, tires have lots of life left
- Interior is a bit tired, seats aren't torn up but are worn in.

Shoot me an email and I can provide more details and additional photos.


*Baurpotting post from Summer 2016:

** Ebay listing:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/322393924357?vectorid=229466&lgeo=1&item=322393924357&rmvSB=true

Monday, January 16, 2017

1982 323i on Gumtree in OZ

Thanks to the ever-vigilant Craig Saxon, our friend and fellow Baur owner, for tracking down this listing for a 1982 323i in Australia!  Craig is trying to get the Baur number for us.

1982 BMW 3 Convertible

$3,950.00 Negotiable
Oakbank, SA

In the specifications, it lists "front ventilated discs, rear drums".  Unless I am mistaken, the 323i came with 4 wheel disc brakes, so I am not sure why it is listed this way.

Seller's comments:
bmw e21 baur cabriolet restore while you drive roof in good condition mag wheels new stereo cd player worth restoring for the enthusiast


Thank you, Craig! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Phillippe Hortail's Black TC2 323i in France!

Welcome to Baurspotting:  Phillippe Hortail of France.  He sent me these pics of his Baur the other day.

I have checked the International Baur Registry, and Baur 46306 is NOT yet listed, so this is a NEW FIND!  Congratulations to Phillippe, and Welcome to Baurspotting! 

Phillipe added the following info:

"My baur is born 12/06/1986

he came from switzerland. I bought it in 10/1999

he has old french immatriculation with black plate.

i boght it with 86 000 km, now it is only 170 000 km.

he had black leather sits from M3 E30, a business radio from E36, BBS 15 ', Self-locking bridge (i m not sure for the name...)

he was re painted 15 years ago

in few days, it will have a complete re built of the engine and some paint d├ętails will be repainted

i was my firt personnal BMW, my wife loves it !

it has : power steering, bilstein eibach B8 supension, front and rear anti rapprochement bar , brembo disk."
Phillippe will be sending more pics about his Baur later this week, so stay tuned to learn more about it!  

BTW, Phillippe is the manager of blogbmw.fr. Check out his website!

Welcome Phillippe!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Felipe Freire's 1990 325i Baur in Portugal!

Congratulations to Felipe Freire and welcome to Baurspotting!  Felipe posted this in a Baur page on Facebook today!  His Baur was posted on BMW Fan Baur E30 Facebook page, but it seems to have disappeared for some reason.  Lucky I snatched it when I did!  ;)

"This is my 1990 325i baur. Took it on a joy ride on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Portugal. 
What a great car to drive!"  ----Felipe Freire.

We couldn't agree more, Felipe!  

We are hoping to be able to contact Felipe to find out his Baur number, and to determine if it is registered in the International Baur Registry yet, or if it is a NEW FIND!  

Stay tuned! 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

200HP Turbo Schnitzer Baur From Michael Compensis!

I love getting stuff like this from Baurspotters around the globe!  Here is an email sent to me yesterday from our friend and fellow Baur owner Michael Compensis in Germany!  It is a magazine article dating back to 1982.  Thanks, Michael!

"Hi Tom,

look what I found today in an old magazine, a short peek at this unique BAUR TC1, as a „Schnitzer Turbo“ with 200HP an 240km/h maximum speed.

A bit overdone are the 40 loudspeakers and the „clarion“ hi-fi tower in th center-console :-)

Look at the prices… the car like this did cost 78.935 Deutsch-Marks (for example, a regular 323i did cost 22.000 Deutsch Marks)



We have seen pics of this Baur before, but I do not think we have seen this article.

The question is....... where is this Baur today?  ;) 

Thanks again, Michael!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Fresh on the Market! Again! 1982 BMW 323i Baur Top Cabriolet - $5800 (Orlando)

I stumbled on this tonight, posted just 6 hours ago!  it is a repost, however, since I do find it in my files. Our friend Glenn Dobkin originally sent the ad to us back in early November.  At that time the asking price was $6500, so the seller has come down some $700!

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1982 BMW 323i
condition: good
fuel: gas
odometer: 79000
title status: clean
transmission: manual

Seller's comments:

Very rare 82 BMW 323i Baur Top Cabriolet. Very low production numbers on these cars. This car has been sitting for some time, it will run and it will need a complete restoration to be a show car. There is some substantial rust in common areas for these cars as shown in the pics. Clean title in hand. $5800.00 or best reasonable offer.


Thanks, Glenn!  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Craigslist find: "Rare Baur Convertible Targa Top BMW 323 - $8500 (san bernadino)"

I found this Baur for sale in California tonight.  Very little info, and we are seeking more from the seller, as we speak.  But here it is:

1985 Bmw 323
condition: good
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 120000
size: sub-compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: convertibleRare 85 Bmw convertible Targa top 323 5speed only a few in the U.S Needs minor work its original clean title. ,8,500