We are pleased to announce that Baur #4210, formerly owned by sefb22 of E21 bimmerforums has been sold to another E21 aficionado, Jesse N. of Oregon! Welcome to the Baur World, Jesse!
Sefb22 has just spent more than a year in giving this car a complete makeover. We have some pics of that makeover below, just scroll down. Jesse has told Baurspotting that he does plan a mild facelift.
Jesse, a friend of Baurspotting from the E21 bimmerforum and Facebook, also owns another outstanding and droolicious E21 already, and he is the owner of Eurometric, maker of urethane bushings for BMWs.
Check those out!
You can see his other E21 pictured with the newly acquired Baur in some of the pics below.
Baurspotting also has some other pics and history on this Baur. JoshW02 purchased this car in Burbank, CA about 5 or 6 years ago, and brought it to Colorado. In the process of shipping it, its 'targa' hardtop disappeared, so it had to be replaced.
Josh traded the car to Seth (sefb22) around 2009-10, who brought it to the Pacific NW.
These pics were just posted in Facebook by the proud new owner, Jesse N. Congrats, Jesse! Beautiful Baur! Baurspotting loves it!
Here are some pics of the makeover process, pics from Adam S. Adam is also a BMW E21 aficionado, and a former Baur owner himself. Brilliant job on these pics, Adam! Kudos!
Adam's comment in bimmerforums on the restoration: "I can attest to how flawless the body work is. The guy who did the work is an absolute anal-retentive, workaholic, recluse that doesn't leave his shop unless he's just finished a car. I'd have to start a long worded post just to go into how good this guy is."
More pics from Adam S.
Here is the car as it appears in the International Baur Registry:
Seth bought his Baur from joshw02. Josh bought it in burbank, CA and in transit to Colorado the hardtop was either stolen or it blew off!
Here is the thread where Josh is looking to replace the missing top!
Burbank to Colorado Joshw02
Originally Posted by sefb222 i recently acquired this great baur from a forum member, in trade for my M30 swapped E30 vert. after my vert was featured on bringatrailer.com i started getting bombarded with inquires, and it freaked me out. i just wanted it to be a simple sale to a bmw enthusiast, but i had every tirekicker from portland maine to portland oregon, asking every possible question that i didnt have time to respond to.. Josh hit me up about a trade, and i took the car off the market... for this little beauty, and for some sanity. i got this
---------Baur TC1 in the US thread , e21 bimmerforums Post 158, page 7
Here is Seth's E30 convertible as it appeared in the aforementioned Bring A Trailer feature, August 24, 2009:
More pics here:
Baur TC1 in the US thread , e21 bimmerforums Post 158, page 7
Here is the info/details that were posted on the ebay listing (which ended July 1, 2013) for this car:
up for auction is a 1982 BMW 323i Baur TC-1
if you're looking at this listing, chances are, you're familiar with these cars.
it is a grey-market european model, which was imported into the states by a private party.
it's been resto-modded with the following:
1991 M20B25 engine with 110k miles. timing belt, all gaskets, water pump, and plugs are all brand new.
the reason i opted to do the engine swap was for basic reliability. the M20B25 is one of the best engines BMW has ever made, and if well maintained, is good for upwards of over 300k miles. this engine pulls strong and hard, and in such a light car, the performance is quite impressive.
intake manifold and assorted externals have been powder-coated with a textured black, hi-temp finish.
valve cover is a rare HARTGE unit.
i've added a miller MAF and software
headers are stainless steel, from ireland engineering, mated to a custom, handmade dual exhaust with 4" magnaflow mufflers which sound incredible.
flywheel is the desirable light-weight 323i unit, and the clutch is E36 M3. (larger clutch surface area)
the car starts right up, with perfect reliability.
transmission is the stock unit, original to the car, with 126k miles on it, mated to the stock driveshaft, and an LSD 3.91 differential.
brakes are rebuilt 323i discs, with new rotors and pads.
front subframe assembly was removed, disassembled, powdercoated black, and rebuilt using all new urethane bushings from eurometrics.
all engine and trans mounts are also eurometric urethane.
wheels are staggered RIAL monoblock "cobras", 6x15 and 7x15, with brand new BF goodrich 205/50/15 and 215/50/15 for a very nice muscle car-like stance.
body is straight as an arrow, with over 200 hours of block sanding, professionally finished in matte black, with all windows and trim removed during the process.
bumpers are NOS (new old stock) european units, which list for over 2600$, for the full set, at this point. all bumper pieces, trim, brackets, and mounting hardware is NOS, and perfectly straight.
the front airdam is a NOS BBS unit, in flawless condition- (i originally had a used one on the car, and didnt like how it looked, so we tossed it, and upgraded)
rear mud guards are made by BBS, and are extremely rare in any condition. these are perfect, and compliment the stance very well.
front fenders have been replaced with NOS parts
all top seals have been replaced with NOS parts. this was not cheap, nor were they easy to track down. top does not leak.
door seals are NOS.
trunk seal is brand new, and does not leak at all.. trunk is bone dry.
all glass is in great condition. windshield seal is brand new, and does not leak.
rear quarter window seals have been replaced. passenger side is NOS, and was the last available unit on earth, according to BMW USA and maximillian imports. driver's side window seal was used and in excellent condition.
all trim has been removed and painted black.
single headlight and grille set is from an E21 316, and i took the buckets apart, sandblasted them, and powdercoated them gloss black.
this grille setup really makes the car, in my opinion.
suspension is set up with koni sports, and H&R springs, for a near perfect stance and handling, and has front and rear strut bars. rear strut brace has the battery box built in.
battery is an optima.
starter is brand new.
the front top section has been re-covered on top with genuine german hartz cloth, and re-lined with dark grey microsuede.
rear top section was in great shape when i got the car, and comes complete with snap-on cover. rear window is clear and not at all fogged or yellowed.
front seats are stock RECARO E21 sports, which have been re-covered in german vinyl, and match the rear bench seat very well.
carpet is a charcoal grey aftermarket kit, which isnt perfect, but looks very nice.
steering wheel is an original HARTGE unit.
just a note: when i received the car, it was fairly well adorned with HARTGE parts- a gauge pod, with all 3 gauges, a grille emblem, headers, steering wheel, a cam, valve cover, and strut bar.. i'm not sure as to how much, if any of it was original to the car, but it definitely got me thinking that there was a slight chance the car was warmed over by HARTGE, early on in it's life. i still have all of these parts, with the exception of the cam... the steering wheel is on the car, as is the valve cover, but i'd be willing to toss the rest of them in for the right price.
what it needs:
the odometer has recently stopped working, and there are maybe 100 miles unaccounted for on the odometer reading.
the center support bearing is starting to vibrate. this is only noticeable when quickly taking off from a stop.
the front end needs an alignment. the front wheels are a little towed inward, and it tracks a little funny, but it's a simple adjustment which can be carried out by any alignment shop. i've driven the car at 120mph, and it felt very stable and steady.
the paint is matte black, which tends to show imperfections pretty easily. there are a few scuffs from being in an active bodyshop, as the car was painted a year prior to it's final assembly. the good thing is that the paint is cheap, easy to apply, and can be done in small sections, if the new owner should desire.
the dash is cracked, and has an aftermarket cover in place. if the car sells for over 9k, i will include a crack-free E21 dash as no additional cost.
anyone familiar with E21s knows how are it is to find an uncracked dash for these cars. hen's teeth, my friend.
the horns are not hooked up. i havent had time to address the issue, and likely wont be able to.
the rear roundel needs to be finished... i powder-coated both emblems, (yes, old-school metal ones!) and only got around to finishing the front.
this car is the cleanest baur i've ever seen in person, and one of the cleanest E21s in the pacific northwest. there is ZERO rust. none. not a speck.
the front and rear valances are 100% perfect, with nary a ding or scrape.
if you'd like to come drive the car, and inspect it in person, please feel free to drop me a line.
i have the car for sale locally, and reserve the right to end the listing early, if someone shows up with cash.
if you'd like a pre-purchase inspection, i can send you a list of local BMW specialists to choose from.
here's a link to some pics from when the car was being built. http://www.flickr.com/photos/twelvizm/sets/72157629856179470/