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, July 24, 2012

1974 BMW 2002 ti Diana - Targa-like cabrio by Baur

The 2002ti Diana Baur Coupe
From the Macartney 2002 book-

Retired BMW racer Hubert Hahne became a BMW dealer in Dusseldorf.
He had bought his wife the actress Dianna Korner a specially equipped 2002 as a wedding present. The car attracted considerable attention. So Hahne was persuaded to make a luxury edition of the 2002Tii, with BMW's permission.

These 12 cars 1 690 201 to 1 690 212 were all different colors and had different interiors, non of the colors were standard 2002 colors. The conversion work was done by Baur.

Diana specs. Electric sunroof- Leather upholstery, Recaro front seats.
Black vinyl headliner. -Velor carpet and boot lining- Leather binding for the carpets.-Black vinyl lining for the boot lid.- leather gaiters for the gear lever and handbrake.- chromed handbrake lever- aluminum tread plates on the door sills- Front and rear overriders- Becker stereo radio- laminated windscreen- heated rear window- ammeter and clock- special silver grille- twin headlamps - chromed covers for the bumper bolts- special exhaust-
sebring type driver's side mirror.

Hahne introduced the Diana in the spring of 1971, at a price of 22,500 DM; almost twice what a standard Ti cost. the first 5 sold quickly- the last sold at the end of 1971.



The Twelve 2002ti Dianas
In the early 1970s, Dusseldorf resident, Hubert Hahne, was a retired race car driver turned BMW agent/dealer. He had presented to his new bride, as a wedding present, what would eventually become the first of twelve very limited edition BMW 2002ti’s. His new bride was a German actress and her name wasDiana Körner.
After having bestowed his wife with a car that carried her name, the car had started to attract a considerable amount of attention. So much attention, in fact, that Hahne was urged to make a luxury edition of the 2002tii. With the agreement, and technical support of BMW behind him, Hahne had agreed to produce a small series of twin-carbureted 2002ti-based ‘Diana’ cars, all of which were to be converted by Baur, in Stuttgart, Germany.
Contrary to popular belief, there were no specific plans to power any of these Dianas with a turbo or a six cylinder engine. According to the popular ‘02 Restoration Guide, by Mike Macartney
“The first five Dianas sold quickly, but the other seven went more slowly, the last example being sold at the end of 1971. To encourage sales, Hahne had offered to equip them with injected engines or turbochargers.”
Macartney continues..

“Hahne had retained one car for himself - finished in Coffee Brown. Into this he had the tuning specialist Jurgen Grahser transplant the 150bhp 2.5 litre six-cylinder engine from a BMW 2500 saloon. The conversion also included a five-speed gearbox, limited-slip differential and electric windows.”
A very reliable source tells me that this coffee-brown six-cylinder Diana is still on the road, somewhere in Germany.
The “Diana” was a very special 2002ti that had been equipped in ways that no other 2002 had ever been. The 12 cars were all painted in a variety of non-standard 2002 colors. The paint was then given a special lacquer coating ofHerbol. They had all been equipped with electric steel sliding roofs, leather covered Recaro front seats, black vinyl headliners, velor carpeting and trunk liners, chromed handbrake levers, aluminum tread plates on the door sills, alloy wheels by Stilauto of Italy, Becker stereos, ammeters and clocks, leather binding for the carpets, electric front windows, heated rear windows, 5-speed gearboxes, special exhaust systems, chromed covers for the bumper bolts, Sebring-style driver’s side door mirrors, top tint laminated front windscreens, and a twin headlamp upgrade that was surrounded by hand-made chrome grilles. The interior details were known to vary from car to car, but the dashboard, gear shift boot, handbrake boot, and the pocketed door panels, on the first Diana were all covered in deer hide. The chassis numbers of these 12 Dianas (1 690 201 to 1 690 212) were all successive. Indicating that the Dianas were not an official model in the BMW range.
The Diana was introduced in the spring of 1971, at a price of 22,500 DM which was almost twice the cost of a standard ti at the time. Out of the 12 Dianas that were produced, only four are known to exist as of this writing.
Hubert Hahne autographing one of the few surviving Dianas in early 2011.
(Sources 123456)


Here is a little discussion about the Diana from 2002faq:

BMW specially commissioned 12 cars, they had racing bucket front seats, factory steel sunroofs, 5-Speed gearboxes, racing door mirrors, top tint front windscreen, twin headlamp upgrade, & different carb's (or something). Only 12 were made & only 3 exist today. Andy Andexer owns this example & he know's of the other 2 (I think they are basket cases).
That's Andy's car. It was in the 2002 calender from BMW. It's the only one alive and driveable.

From the 2005 BMW Mobile Tradition accesories catalog: 

"The special model “Diana” presented by erstwhile racing 
driver Hubert Hahne to his wife – actress Diana Körner – for her 
wedding present, could also be purchased with the 2002 TI 
or 2002 tii engine." 


Now check this one out.....

It is a little P.T. Barnum moment.  ;)

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