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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Long Lost Baur #4587: Turns Up On California eBay.... Again!

This special Baur is back on ebay again.  Thanks to Jonathan Bush for the heads up to the link!

this is Baur #4587, first spotted on sale in Mathews, VA, back in 2010, but subsequently lost for a time.  Then it turned up on ebay in CA in November 2013!   We attempted to make contact with the seller, but we were not successful.  

Why is this Baur special?

Check out the list below.  This is a list of 25 BMW E21 Baurs that were imported to North America.  You will notice that they are all listed as 320i, which means they are all US Spec.  Most are listed as having the destination of "Kanada", with 3 coming to the US.    Five others do not give a specific North American destination, so we are not sure where in North America they eventually ended up.  

 This list was given to us 12/13/2010 by Baur Guru, Jeroen Janssen of The Netherlands in this bimmerforums thread: 
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1566814-Baur-TC1-in-the-US/page3&highlight=TC1+baurs+in+the+US .

See Post #67 on page 3 of the thread.

In the chart above, you will see in the second column from the left near the bottom, a green highlighted number:  74587.   That is the Baur number for a US SPEC BMW E21 320i Baur imported to North America.  
This one!

This car is one of only 25 known BMW E21 Baurs imported by BMW into North America.  The rest of the E21 Baurs that we have located are all "Grey Market' cars:  cars that were not officially imported by BMW, but rather were brought into the US by private individuals.  
Here is the VIN from the ebay ad:  WBAAG3306D8386800

If you look at column 3 in Jeroen's chart,you will see that that number matches the VIN for Baur 74587.  I ran that through the BMW VIN decoder, and that too checks out:  a 320i US Spec E21.

We will again try to contact the seller for more info, so stay tuned!

Here is the link to the ad:

We have posted about this Baur previously:

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