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, January 15, 2013

The BMW Observer Coupe: Retractable Glass Roof

Thanks to THEPOOLEMAN for this video os something you may never have seen before:  a BMW 635CSi Coupe with a glass retractable roof!  This is not a Baur, of course, and it was not even done by BMW themselves.  And it is a one-off!


Thanks, Ed!


We now have the car at our show room 4 Star Classics, before it has been tucked away for many years in a private collection. The car is still complete although will need a replacement glass panel for the roof and some paint work. It has only covered 16,000 miles and comes with all the original design drawings and build documentation. I am sure it will make a great addition to a BMW collection. James

"Recently I came across
a very very special, and seems very very limited
production of the 6 series: The Observer Coupé, and yes, that
was the official name of the car. (also painted above the rear
bumper, and on the side-skirt spoilers.)
It was produced during early 1982 by a firm called MGA
Developments in Surbition, Surrey, in cooperation with The
Observer Magazine. (it was featured in this magazine aswell).
Designer in charge was Mr. Mike Gibbs of MGA.
The conversion was code-named 'Special Project M3'

Funny.. they should have named it M6, but probably they would
encounter a problem with BMW...
BMW UK itself was more or less involved, by supplying a brand
635Csi for the project.
It had it's own stand at the Motor-show in 1982 in Birmingham
(at the N.E.C)

It was basically the 635CSi which was converted with a full
sliding roof, which went into a very thick boot-lid, in order
not to loose any space there when the car was in Cabriolet mode.
It also had some additional spoilers fitted to the side of the
vehicle, and very specially styled wheels.

As far as I can tell, only that one example was built for the
UK, at least that's what I made up from the brochure of the car
I recently aquired at an Oldtimer-show. I was sooo thrilled to
add this special 6-brochure to the collection .

Does anybody know anything about tis car, the magazine feature, or did
anyone ever see one in the UK??


Here are some other examples of Baur-type cabriolets:

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