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, November 10, 2013

1983 BMW E30 323i Baur Convertible For Sale in Ohio

UPDATE 11/14/2013:  We have the Baur plate number, thanks to Brett A., the seller.
Baur # B40450-13
And there you have it!

Thank you, Brett!

Thanks to THEPOOLEMAN for this link to a TC2 Baur on ebay.    Thanks, Ed!

1983 BMW 3-Series

1983 BMW E30 323i Baur convertible 5spd A/C OBC PS Cruise Targa top Zender

1983 TC Baur 323i.

Car was originally imported to Cincinnati Ohio in 1985 where it was federalized by a company called Bavarian Motors.

I purchased this car with a blown motor in 2007.   It had thrown a rod on the original 2.3L M20 L-Jetronic engine.

Rather than source a new block for the 2.3, I installed a used US version of the M20B25 2.5L Motronic engine, from a 1987 325iS.

Car has a limited slip differential and 5spd transmission with newer clutch.

Actual mileage is unknown as the odometer has stopped turning. I purchased the vehicle with just under 124,000 miles.  The photo shown here of the speedometer with 139257 miles was taken in April of 2011 and when I transferred the title from my company's name to my own on 9/27/2012, the recorded mileage was 139,489, which is what it still reads.  Since that date, the vehicle barely left my shop, where we were doing the work detailed below, for anything more than test drives.   2 nights prior to this listing, I drove the car 20 miles home and it still reads 139489.   I highly doubt it has 200 miles on it since the odometer failed.

Over the last year, I gutted the interior of this car and replaced the mostly missing dealer installed air conditioning system with a factory BMW system from a US car.  At the same time, I added cruise control and a full On Board Computer.  The car originally had no cruise and only a clock.  

The seats are original early E30 sport seats.  

For those who are unfamiliar with the TC Baur conversions, these cars were taken from the BMW production line and sent to the German coach builder TC Baur for conversion.
The cars were converted to a targa roof with drop down rear section, then finished by BMW and sold new as convertibles.   These cars were produced up until BMW released their own full convertible.

There is a rack in the trunk that holds the targa top, and the car comes with a parade boot that clips on to cover the rear roof section while it is folded down.
The stitching has failed on the rear window.   A patient person could probably re-stitch it. A less patient person could go to GAHH automotive top company and order a replacement rear canvas for $600.

Car has a period correct Zender body kit that consists of front and rear spoilers, rear valance and side skirts.

Overall the car is in good condition and drives well.  A/C is ice cold, using R134a.  Cruise works.  Transmission is smooth, engine starts and runs perfectly.  
No leaks, all suspension is tight, exhaust is solid.   

There is a grapefruit sized dent above the left front wheel.   There is a small dent in the top of the left quarter glass trim, see pictures.

There are speakers installed, along with wiring to head unit, but there is no head unit in the car.
Car is fitted with headlight wipers, but they are inoperative.

Pictures depict a missing hubcap, but car does have all four hubcaps.    Wheels are period correct 15" with new tires.
Car is ready to drive as-is in good weather, or any weather after replacing the rear roof section detailed above.

Call 440 463 6422 with questions.


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