It has been said that we all have a double out there somewhere. Eric Clapton, for example, is reportedly frequently mistaken for Rob Siegel, the famous author of "Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic". I myself, was once mistaken for David Cassidy, once upon a time. (Who? ;) ) Well, our friend Ed, THEPOOLEMAN, by an extraordinary coincidence, has found his Baur's Doppelganger.... once again proving that it is indeed a Small Baur World!
"For the past four years I have heard rumors of Alpine white TC2 that is a clone of my car located in state of NH , I have found it and here it is. More to come".
here's the full story about my search for this car.
There is a small independent BMW sales and service provider located in the Lakes region of the state, they have been around for many and have great reputation, I know a guy who works there and about four or five years ago I ran into him and he told me that this car had been in for service, when he first saw it he thought it was my car with good reason as we all can clearly see.
I asked him to pass along my contact info to the owner, which he did , the owners are not enthusiasts so I understand . As time went on I kept that car in the back of mind and hoped I'd find it one day.
Last week I was sitting at my desk at work and the internet sales manager came up to me and said he had a guy on the phone who had questions about a 1984 323i convertible, and parts availability. I looked at him and said " it has to be a Baur if its a 1984 convertible" The call gets transferred to me and I have a half hour long conversation with the insurance adjuster who is handling the claim.
After a very short time I realize that it's the car I have looking for all this time. The adjuster put the body shop owner in contact with me and the rest is history.
A small Baur world indeed
Now where is next unknown Baur going to be found ?
The POOLEMAN"S car to the right, Doppelganger to the left.
Doppelganger took a hit.
Input from Jeroen J of The Netherlands, our Resident Baur Guru:
That's the B43051-13, sold by Riemer&Oberst in Bad Kreuznach (a small hour drive to the west of Frankfurt, so this might be not the first these two met).
Build sheet, courtesy of THE POOLEMAN:
VIN long WBAAA710909165868 Type code AA71 Type 323I (EUR) Dev. series E30 () Line 3 Body type LIM Steering LL Door count 2 Engine M20 Cubical capacity 2.30 Power 0 Transmision HECK Gearbox MECH Colour ALPINWEISS (146) Upholstery SCHWARZ KUNSTLEDER (0166) Prod. date 1984-10-26 Order options No. Description 286 BMW LM RAD/BMW STYLING 300 ZENTRALVERRIEGELUNG ELEKTRISCH 350 WAERMESCHUTZGLAS GRUEN, RUNDUM 410 WINDOW LIFTS, ELECTRIC AT FRONT 530 AIR CONDITIONING 661 BMW Bavaria C Business RDS 682 RADIOANTENNE AUTOMATISCH 690 CASSETTE HOLDER 829 CONVERTIBLE CONVERSION PREPARATION Great story, and nice find, Ed!