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.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Baurspotting Makes The Daily Turismo!

Thanks to Vince from The Daily Turismo for 

his kind words.  The Daily Turismo* is a 

great site that we enjoy every day.  Check it out!   

Full disclosure:  the BMW ad posted below about 'keeping the rain out' is one 

in a series of UK BMW ads that run every April Fool's Day in the UK press.  

It is an April Fool's joke that BMW has been running each year on April 1st 

for about 30 years.   They are all so well-written, tongue-in-cheek, that they 

have fooled many, many people.  

So, if you were fooled by the ad, you are in good company, as you will in the

 article below.  You will notice that I post the ad on my blog without comment.  

That is by design.  Most Baur owners are in on the joke but, for the uninitiated, 

and the unsuspecting...... well, it just contributes to the whole mythology 

surrounding this unusual-looking and rarely seen vehicle.  So, we have a little 

fun with that ad, some 30 years after it first appeared!   :)

Here is The Daily Turismo article.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

10k: The Full Baur Targa: 1980 BMW 320 E21 Baur TC1

The Baur Targa was a Lancia Beta Zagato lookalike that featured a
folding soft top in the back and a targa-style soft roof above the 
driver/passenger.  The result is convertible fun in the sun while 
retaining chassis rigidity and safety by keeping an intact B-pillar 
roll hoop.  The Baur Targa cars came from a time when BMW didn't 
offer the 3 Series in drop top and the modifications were done by 
Karosserie Baur when new, maintaining a factory BMW 
warranty.  Find this 1980 BMW 320 E21 Baur TC1 offered for
$12,900 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The Baur Targa version of the E21 3 Series uses the same M20
 inline-6 cylinder engine as the standard 3er; in fact the 4500 
E21 Baurs all started life as simple 3 Series before they were 
modified.  The seller on this one is being a bit optimistic on 
the price, but it isn't like you see these very often and a perfect 
one would demand a premium.

This is a good time as any to admit that we here at the Daily Turismo

fell afoul of a most loathsome and vile hoax.  The hoax of the

open top that keeps rain out even when the car is stationary...

and really if I'd spent the time to read the little details about "monsoon 

or moderate hail" and "To Miss April Wurst" more carefully...I probably 

would have been more cheeky about posting this!  Thankfully, I was shown

 into the light by Tom from Baurspotting who sent a nice email about

 this very subject and now we can all have a good laugh together. 

See another Baur Targa? tips@dailyturismo.com

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