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.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Rare Bird: E21 US Spec Baur For Sale--- 1 of 25 Imported to North America by BMW!

Thanks to our friend, David M.  for spotting this Rare Bird on Craigs List in LA!  This is Baur #4587, one of the only 25 US Spec Baurs imported to North America by BMW back in the day!  We have posted about it several times before, going back to when it was first spotted in Virginia in 2010. We were unable to locate it at that time, however, until it turned up 3 years later in California*.

This is an opportunity to own a piece of automotive history, folks, and one of the rarest Baurs in the world!  It appears to be in pretty good condition.

"beautyful 1983 bmw e21 Baur - $8650 (lawndale)"

"I have to sell for kids go to college all my car and bike collection , it is 160 k miles all function work , baby weekend car only, 5 sp ,there is only a handful ful of Bauer in the US, please contact Sonny 714_721_2817 serious buyers only"

1983 BMW E 21
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 161000
paint color: grey
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe

Thank you for the 'heads up', David M.!!  


Here is a pic of the Baur plate from our files:

And here is the list of the 25 US Spec E21 Baurs imported by BMW to North America. Baurspotting has tracked down about 8 of these Baurs so far, including this one!  Baur Guru Jeroen Janssen sent us this list years ago.   Baur #4587 is highlighted in green near the bottom of the list.

*Previous Baurspotting posts about Baur #4587:



Monday, May 16, 2016

Baurs in the Budapest Oldtimers Show April 2016!

Thanks to our friend Ferenc Kerekes for sending us pics of a couple of Baurs spotted at the Oldtimers Show in Budapest in April 2016.

TC1 Baur

700LS Cabrio by Baur

(I apologize:  for some reason the program will not let me upload the pics in the usual manner today, so I have posted links to the pics instead.  Hopefully Blogger will get this corrected soon! )

Thank you, Ferenc!  


Sunday, May 15, 2016

All Together Now: The Only Three E21 Baurs in Connecticut!

Well, we did it, folks!  There are only 3 (three) E21 Baurs in the whole state of Connecticut, and,----thanks to the BMW CT Valley Chapter's Annual Show and Shine held today in Manchester, CT---- we got all three of them together in one place at the same time!

Presenting:  Scott Young's beautiful 1979 Polaris 320/6 Baur # A000714;  Afonso Conceicao's stunning 1978 Polaris 320/6 Baur #000048; and Yours Truly's humble Daily Driver 1982 Lapisblau 323i Baur #4154!

The day was a little chilly but not chilly enough to prevent me from doing the whole 100 mile round trip drive 'full cabrio style'!  OK, I did have the heat on but, hey.... I was wearing shorts! Still a great drive in an open car, and a great day to meet up with our fellow Baur owners and our friends at the CT Valley Chapter.

Scott (who is new to our group---Welcome, Scott, it was a pleasure to meet you and see that beautiful Baur up close and personal), Afonso and I arranged to meet at McDonald's before the show, so that we could arrive at the show 'en masse'!  And it worked like a charm!

The show opened at 9:30am, and we arrived 'fashionably late' around 10:45am!  The show is held in a beautiful park, and the entrance road winds through the forest before emerging on an open field where the show is held.  By the time we arrived there were already 30+ BMWs of all varieties parked on the field with the owners gathered about socializing.  All eyes turned to us as we emerged from the forest: first one, then two, now THREE E21 Baurs!   Many folks at BMW shows like this have never seen a BMW Baur in person, and so we heard many comments that they were quite amazed to see THREE at once!  It was just what we had hoped for and it was great!  :)  There was a constant flow of interested onlookers with lots of questions about Baurs.  We are working hard to get the Baur word out, and it was great fun, as always!  The Annual 'Show and Shine' always draws some great cars and great people, including some of our good friends from the NY Patroon Chapter, Frank Greppo and Scott Stowell, who run one of the great East Coast Shows:  the Vintage at Saratoga in July.  I may have a slight bias here but.... I think there were two highlights of today's show:  the 600+HP M6, and the Three Baurs!  :)   But I think we kinda stole the show today!  Baur Power!  ;)

Thank you to Afonso and Scott for coming out and making it happen!   Scott's Baur is for sale, btw, and it is a low mileage, unmolested beauty!   If you have an interest, shoot me an email, and I will put you in touch with him! tom82baur@gmail.com

Here are some pics:

The Three Connecticut E21 Baurs:  (L to R)  Baurspotting's 1982 Lapisblau 323i Baur #4154;  Scott Young's beautiful 1979 Polaris 320/6 Baur # A000714;  Afonso Conceicao's stunning 1978 Polaris 320/6 Baur #000048!
 Another shot of the three Baurs, with an added detail:  that is the BMW legend Pete Smith at left, chatting with Afonso.  And that is Scott at the right of the pic.  Pete has an immense collection of older BMWs in various stages of, well, let's call it Purgatory.  :)  If you need vintage BMW parts, call Pete. He probably has a half dozen of whatever it is you need.  Honest to God.  He has two or three warehouses of cars/parts.   Seriously.  And he is really nice guy, to boot.  Call him.  Email me for his contact info.
 Frontal view of the three Baurs.  
 Afonso's 1978 320/6 Baur #A000048.  The earliest example in the US, btw.  
 Scott Young's 1979 320/6 Baur # A000714.  This Baur is for sale.  Shoot me an email at the address above if you would like more info.  
Baurspotting's Daily Driver 1982 323i Baur #A004154.  I love this car!  ;)  

 (L to R) Tom Schuch (Baurspotting), Scott Young, and Afonso Conceicao.  Thanks to Rick Musgrave for taking our pic.  

BTW, there were about 50 BMWs present on the field today, including a fairly wide variety.  I will do another post on a couple of the cars that struck my interest. 
Here are a couple final shots at the end of the day.  Scott had already headed home at this point, so his car is not present. 

We were getting ready to head home ourselves after the picnic lunch, prizes and drawings.  And it was quite a chilly day, but we still had a grand time:  all three CT E21 Baurs together at the Annual BMW CT Chapter Show!  We rocked 'em!  ;)

Thank you to Scott and Afonso for helping to make it happen!

Cabrio Targa Spotted in Greece!

Thanks to our friend Jose Rosario for alerting us to this post in the BMW 2002 Facebook page!


Thanks, Jose!  ;)

Friday, May 13, 2016

E21 320/6 For Sale in Hungary!

Thanks to Jozsef Fulop for the link to this Baur for sale in Hungary!  Unfortunately, the ad won't let me post any other info here.  But there is a link at the bottom of the page for the full listing.  Jozsef tells me he is asking 10,000 Euros for the car.


Thank you, Jozsef!  ;)

Say What Dept.: E30 325is TURBO M52 BAUR CABRIOLET. $55,000.00 Negotiable

Thanks to Joel Robin for posting this in the E30 Enthusiasts Australia Facebook page today.

$55,000.00 Negotiable 
Mona Vale, NSW, 2103.

Ah.  Negotiable.    :)   


You won't find a car like this anywhere else as this a one of a kind Baur Cabriolet! THE ONLY GENUINE ONE IN AUSTRALIA, if not the world!
It has been copied, but genuine BMW factory parts weren't used.

A project that took 10yrs to complete. BMW factory parts were used where possible, built by ALS Performance (in Rydlemere), and still maintained by them.
Please only contact ALS if you have questions relating to purchasing my vehicle.

'87 E30 325is turbo Baur Cabriolet:
M52 2.5l 6cyl, with Garrett 27 turbo, and intercooler, producing 200kw @ the wheels. Only 14,000km travelled since the engine build.
Bespoke headers, through to twin exhausts
Upgraded fuel system (to add a twin screw turbo producing 240kw at the wheels)
5 speed manual gear box (not over drive, 6 speed box can be added)
Short shift kit (upgraded to new version Nov '15)
3.14 limited slip diff
Bilstien sport suspension
Upgraded sway bars, strut brace
Wilwood large brake kit (6 spot front, 4 spot rear)
M3 steering rack
E36 M3 17" wheels (215 front, 245 rear). I have a brand new spare rim still boxed. Previous aftermarket version is on the spare (have 3)
Genuine M Tech II exterior (not fibre glass!)
Genuine M Tech II interior (re trimmed rare BMW Recaro leather seats)
M3 steering wheel (I have the original M Tech I)
M3 trip computer, with indicator stalk control
Bespoke E36 M3 leather hand brake
M3 bonnet and boot trims & seals
New dash
Roof was re trimmed 8yrs ago, with new seals, and new 'rear section' cover (in a storage pouch)
New door seals
Central locking, with 'dead lock' function
Microwave sensor alarm, with 3 point cut off immobiliser
Air conditioning
Electric windows
Colour coded, and heated, electric side mirrors
"Map light" rear mirror
Bosch 'Aero' wiper blades (have originals)
Late E30 headlight upgrade
Clear Euro front and side repeaters (have originals)
Front splitter
Carpet matts (black)
All original manuals, in a leather BMW folio

JVC multi format, touch screen display, head unit (DVD, CD) with Bluetooth (phone/music) & iPod/USB connection
Focal 6" speakers, BMW tweeters
Sony 4 channel amp

Re sprayed 10yrs ago with its factory colour by Stows (in Artarmon), who also installed the genuine BMW M Tech II aero kit, and has been garaged since. No fading!

Regularly hand washed and detailed by me.


I have an E30 cruise control unit (not installed)
Genuine late E30 ABS can be added as well (originally not available on the Baur)

SJB027 plates are not included in the sale

More photos on Carsales. Search key word SJB027


Date Listed:

Last Edited:
Listing Type:
Private seller


Body Type:
Coupe (2 door)


Drive Train:
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel Type:
Petrol - Premium Unleaded

Air Conditioning:

Registration Number:

Registration Expiry:
8 months - 28/01/2017


Thank you, Joel!  ;) 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Gorgeous 1991 ALPINA Z1 RLE (by Baur) Up For Auction!

 Gorgeous 1991 ALPINA Z1 RLE (by Baur) Up For Auction!

Thanks to Daniel Alberto for posting this tasty item in Facebook today!

The Z1 is, of course, an extremely rare car.  An ALPINA Z1 RLE (Roadster Limited Edition) is rarer still!  And, what a lot of folks don't realize, Baur was involved in the Z1 production.  (Same with the M1, btw, but that is not our focus today.)  Anyway, you can see this in the Baur Chronological Chart (*link below).

Here is the relevant excerpt from that chart:
1988 - 1991Production and final assembly of the space frame of the BMW Z1

So here are a couple of pics from the article, please go check it out!   The link is below.  

And thank you for posting this, Daniel!  ;) 

Link to Alpina Z1 RLE in the BMW Blog:

*Link to Baur Chronological Chart: