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, June 26, 2011

Score One for the Good Guys! E21 1, BMW 2002 0 !!!!

Ok, ok. I resisted the temptation as long as I could...
This is a post from bimmerforums about my 'on ramp' adventure last fall...... Enjoy!!!

E21 1, bmw 2002 0
Score one for the Good Guys! Ok, so I am open to criticism for being the eternal adolescent. I accept that. But I had some fun today on the way to work.

7:10 I am driving along my usual commute to work.... I spy a BMW 2002 ahead of me in light traffic. A roundie, so about 1973 or earlier. Hennarot. Very nice looking car, antique plates, great exhaust note. I actually HEARD him before I saw him.
So I make a few moves thru the traffic, and after a mile or so through the city we are now abreast at a red traffic light. 1/4 mile til the next light and then a single lane entrance to Interstate 95 on the right, other lanes to other destinations to the left. The light we are at is directly in front of the New London City Police Headquarters. Just to make it interesting.
I dust him at the green, but I am not sure he is engaged, given that we are right in front of the police bldg. Abreast again at the next light, I am thinking he wants 'other destinations' since he didn't pull in behind me for the I-95 entrance lane.
At the light change.... it is on. Off to the races and again I am first into the right entrance ramp, with him right on my bumper. Such fun! As we hit the I-95 lanes he slides over three lanes and I can hear him open it up. We are definitely on now! Out of the corner of my eye I can see him pulling up to me ..... until I hit it. We are uphill on the Thames River bridge--- steep uphill for about 1/2-3/4 mile then crest and downhill. I was pulling away about 3 car lengths as we crested the top at about 90mph ..... he just couldn't hang.... and I let off on the gas to prepare for my exit at the foot of the bridge...... and he zoomed by, probably pushing close to 100 mph on the downhill. I am sure he is scratching his head thinking.... wtf happened here....
My 323i Baur has no badging on the rear... he probably thought he was up against a regular 320i 4 banger, and that he would teach me a lesson on the open highway. The only clue .... is the twin pipes for the exhaust that tell you it is a 6 cylinder not a 4. Very stealth. I am sure I shocked the hell out of him.
Oh well, FWIW..... it was a lot of fun for the minute or so it lasted. I had a smile on my face most of the day. God, I love that car! It was 47 degrees, btw, and I was driving with full top down!* Wearing shorts!* It doesn't get any better than that!*

Nine months later, I am still smiling about that one. :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Beautiful Canadian Baur For Sale

I found this listing on ebay.  It did not sell. It is beautiful, and it is located near St. John's, New Brunswick, Canada


Item number:330576848411

Item number:  330576848411

Here is what the seller posted about the car:

"1979 316i, Cabriolet style, not very common.

Lovely antique car, in good condition, no rust, the body looks great, the chrome is gleaming! The car is always kept in a garage and only driven on sunny days.

Entry level luxury/compact executive car sold in Europe. 1.6 liter engine built by BAUR in Germany. Has removeable Targa hard top and independent rear soft top with center roll bar. German labels on the controls. 

Length:171.5 in
Width: 63.4 in
Height: 54.3
Wheel Base: 100.9 in
Gross weight: 3175 lbs
Tire size: 165 SR 13

The car was originally purchased and owned by a lady in Germany, the 2nd owner purchased it from her in Germany and had it shipped by container to New Brunswick, he only had it a year and sold it to the current owner. The current owner has had for 15 years and has done some work to it to keep it looking beautiful. Receipts are available for any work performed over the years.

The buyer would be responsible for the shipping from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada. Closest city - Saint John, NB. I would be willing to help with arrangements. Shipping overseas would have to go through Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Will receive payment through PayPal, must be received within 7 days of auction closing."

Monday, June 6, 2011

Google Map: Baur TC1s in the US

Here is the Google map that was created a few months ago to help us keep track of our progress in locating and  identifying the Baur TC1s in the US.  Having its own separate post will allow it to be more readily available for quick reference, as well as making it easier for me to update it as required.


There is a lot of information on here, some of which may need to be updated.  Unfortunately, I am unable to post pics on it yet, but many pics of the Baurs can be found throughout the bimmerforums thread:  'Baur TC 1s in the US", especially Jeroen's initial list on page 1, and some updates on page 3.  I am open to any suggestions on how to get pics on this map, or even another map site that will allow easy loading of pics. 

Please email me with any ideas:  tom82baur@gmail.com

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bimmerfest East!!! August 6, 2011 Aberdeen Maryland!

Ok, boys and girls... It's official! Count me in for Bimmerfest East! My son will accompany me. That makes 6 E21s... Including 1 Baur!


Bimmerfest East Registration Statistics:

Keep those cards and letters coming in! 6 and counting, I know we have some more Baurs down that way.
According to this map, there may be 15 or 20 E21 Baurs in the Mid-Atlantic region. Is anyone available to help make a Baur showing at Bimmerfest! It is a Come-As-You-Are Party... Or at least, it is for me!

Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!

Mark your calendars! See you there!