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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

BMW Reacquires Original Factory As Classic Center

UPDATE 3/5/2014:  another old factory pic:

Thanks to Puerto Rico Classic Bimmer Group - Clasicos BMW for sharing this link in Facebook today!

BMW reacquires original factory as classic center

BMW was barely two years old when it started manufacturing airplane engines in a factory on Moosacher Strasse in Munich. Two years after that, it sold the factory to Knorr-Bremse AG, a leading manufacturer of brakes for trains and commercial vehicles, and BMW moved into a new facility on Lerchenauer Strasse. There it expanded into the industrial giant we know today, building engines for cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and planes. It's taken the better part of a century to get that original factory back, but that's exactly what BMW has done, reacquiring the expanded facility from Knorr-Bremse this month.

The factory on Moonsacher Strasse will now serve as the headquarters for BMW Group Classic, the division that handles archives and historical vehicles for BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce. From there, just a stone's throw from corporate headquarters and its main plant (as well as BMW Welt and the BMW Museum), the classic division's operations will include a restoration workshop, vintage parts store, the company's archives, administration as well as a place to hold events. In addition, there will be an exhibition space for historical vehicles from the company's considerable collection.

At the heart of the new/old campus is the gatehouse, which is a protected heritage site and will serve as a gateway into the company's history. Read the full details in the press release below.


BMW Group Classic: New location with historic roots.+++BMW AG acquires plot and buildings from Knorr-Bremse AG in the Milbertshofen district of Munich – Original BMW production site returns to company ownership.

Munich. A move to a new location for BMW Group Classic marks a return to the company's historic roots. BMW AG has acquired a plot of land covering more than 13,000 square metres in the Milbertshofen district of Munich. Previously part of a Knorr-Bremse AG facility, it won't be long before the site finds its feet as the first port of call for fans of historical cars and motorcycles from the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. Its close proximity to BMW Plant Munich, BMW's "four-cylinder" building, BMW Welt and the BMW Museum makes this an ideal new home for BMW Group Classic. Interestingly, among the buildings on the plot is a section of the original BMW factory built in 1918. The company will therefore regain ownership of part of the old aero engine production halls, we well as the entrance building from those early days. The latter is poised to be recommissioned as the gateway into the company's history.

The purchase agreement between BMW AG and Knorr-Bremse AG, the world's leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, was signed in February, paving the way for the development of the site and its historical buildings. Initial plans for the redevelopment of the plot and buildings are currently being examined.

The company's vision involves bringing together numerous BMW Group Classic activities at a single address which satisfies requirements in terms of space, building technology and security that the existing premises could no longer meet. The new location will offer space for the BMW Group Classic workshop, a customer centre (including parts sales for vintage and classic models), the BMW company archive, and administration and event facilities. Added to which, the new site will also allow BMW Group Classic to put items from its collection of historic vehicles on display.

The new home of BMW Group Classic was once the cradle of industrial-scale manufacturing of BMW engines: it was on Moosacher Straße that the company first began producing aircraft engines in large numbers from 1918 on. Late in 1920, however, Knorr-Bremse took over ownership of the entire site and the buildings on it. Soon after, BMW AG built new manufacturing facilities on Lerchenauer Straße, not far from the original factory, where it would expand production to include engines for cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats over the period that followed.

And now, more than 90 years later, the acquisition of the premises for BMW Group Classic sees the company returning to its historic roots. The integration of part of the old production halls and the heritage-protected gate building into the overall concept for the new BMW Group Classic site also offers the opportunity for an intriguing confluence of architecture and function in the mould of the BMW Museum, which has also been heritage-protected since 1999.

BMW Group Classic is the branch of the BMW Group responsible for all activities revolving around the history of the company and its three brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. The BMW archive, for example, specialises in answering questions on the history of the company, its brands and products. The BMW Museum conveys the fascination of the BMW brand – through its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions – with vivid references to the present and future. And BMW Group Classic's brief also extends to participating in classic events, preserving and managing a collection of some 1,000 exhibits, and offering far-reaching services for owners of historical vehicles, from the supply of replacement parts to full restoration


Thursday, February 27, 2014

BMW 316i E30 BAUR CONVERTIBLE Lahr Germany!

Thanks to Ted Kalman of TEDFEST for the heads up on this Baur for sale in Germany!
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Vehicle description:

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Since 1982 your competent partner in Lahr BMW

rarity: Well maintained BMW 316i Baur TC lovers Cabriolet collector grade.
Coupe - Targa - Landaulet - Cabriolet = All models are combined in a Baur TC.
exclusivity due to the very low quantities produced guaranteed.

Production Date: 07.02.1991 / production end of April 1991   

  • Granite metallic silver / anthracite Fabric.
  • (Only 34 pcs. In Steel Silver Metallic produced!)
  • Sports seats for driver and front passenger
  • M Sports suspension
  • Alloy wheels with wide tires
  • Metallic Paint
  • Shadow Line
  • Insulation glass green
  • Leuchtweitenreglulierung
  • Emission Control System Twin-Tec retrofitted
  • thus low emissions EU2
  • Changed timing belt
  • Targa roof and hood in great condition
  • mint frosting
  • complete vehicle folder from the previous owner (Mr. ält.)
  • optically and technically in the best of care status

Well-kept 316 E30 Baur Cabriolet, which certainly hard only in this state care
is likely to be found. The vehicle is located in a unverbasteltem original condition and has potential value!

Free delivery of the vehicle to your front door!
(Limited time offer for purchase until 28.02.2014 and only within
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Flared Baur Targa Cabrio from Puerto Rico Classic Bimmer Group - Clasicos BMW

Thanks to Humberto Marti and Puerto Rico Classic Bimmer Group - Clasicos BMW for this pic in Facebook tonight!

Thanks to Harry Bonkosky for this additional pic:

Norway Cabrio Project: UPDATE!


Terje has given us an update on his cabrio project in Facebook today:
"The work on the cab is progressing. new floorpans welded in and cab reinforcements welded back in place. New drains for the cab. Left engine carrier had to go and new welded in Only some minor rustrepair left on this side."
----Terje PettersenThe International BMW '02 Alliance

Great work, Terje!  Please keep us posted!

Terje has sent us some more pics tonight!  Thank you, Terje!

Thank you again, Terje!  Wow, what a project!  Kudos!

Bonus Pic! 
BTW, here is a pre-restoration pic of this Voll Cabrio:
"skinnet kan definitivt bedra."---- Terje Pettersen
(Translation:  looks can definitely be deceiving.)


Here is the original post on this project:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

E21 Baur on German Ebay!

Thanks to our friend Hugo Garcia Kunzel for this link to a Baur for sale on ebay in Germany.  Thanks Hugo!

"Engine gearbox top runs smoothly. 1.Hand original 69000 km cockpit is also very well maintained ....... the vehicle must be picked up after 7 days later commanded. . The Fzg can be viewed prior to purchase, I recommend to avoid any misunderstandings. The vehicle is as Bastlerfahrzeug - faulty - not completely sold. This is a private sale without warranty or guarantee, and renegotiations or return rights. The Fzg must be paid for and collected in cash within 7 days. Who does not agree with this, please do not bid."

Sounds like it is a project.  Notice the red inner fenders in the engine compartment, while the rest of the car appears green.  Caveat Emptor!


3 Baurs at Gooding's Amelia Island Auction March 7 2014!

Correction:  3 Baurs at the Gooding's auction at Amelia Island, not 4.  Mea culpa.   :)

You may have already seen our earlier post today about the Gooding's auction of rare BMWs at Amelia Island on March 7, 2014.


Well, Baurspotting has done some further checking into the auction and we are pleased to announce that there will be THREE Baurs auctioned as part of that collection.

Yes, that is THREE as in 3.... including one that you may not know is a Baur!

Baurspotting has the scoop, folks!

Here they are!

You will recognize this one as a BMW Voll Cabriolet by Baur.  Extremely rare Baur.

You will also recognize this as one of the famous BMW M1s by Baur:

Ok, so far so good.  Now here is the one that you may not know about:  
The 700 LS Coupe by Baur.  We knew that Baur did the 700 Cabrios..... but we only recently discovered that Baur ALSO did the shell of the1964-65 700LS Coupe!

Here is a link to the Baur Production Chronicle from 1910 through 1996. 

 Scroll through until you see 1964-65:
1964 - 1965Shell of the BMW 700 LS Coupe

And here is the one that we thought would make 4th Baur in the auction:
We thought that this was another 1965 700LS Coupe.  We did not know any more about it, although it looks like it may have been set up to race.  We have since done some further checking on this car and we find that our initial assumption was not correct.   This is actually a 1960 700 Coupe, not a 1965 LS.  Our apologies for the error, committed in the excitement of the moment of discovery earlier this afternoon.  According to the production chronicle, Baur did the 700 LS coupe shell (above), and the 1961-63 bodyshells of the BMW 700 Convertible.   

1961 - 1963Production of bodyshells of the BMW 700 Convertible

So the 1960 700 Coupe pictured above predates Baur involvement in the production of the 700 Series.  My apologies for the mistake.

Anyone going to Amelia Island for the Gooding's auction?

Stay tuned!