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.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

1983 BMW 323i Baur e30 - $8000 (San Diego) Ron Perry's Old Baur?

UPDATE to the UPDATE  5pm 2/12/2015:  The seller has sent me a pic of the Baur Plate: 

UPDATE 9:45pm 2/11/2015:  Confirmed!  This is indeed Ron Perry's old Baur!  Thank you, Ron!  Small Baur World!


 I need Ron Perry to tell me if this is a Small Baur World story or not.     :)

I stumbled on this tonight while looking for that '02 Baur ad that has been pulled, apparently.   My first thought when I saw it was that it looks like the Baur Ron Perry used to own.  Then I read the text (below).   See the text I have highlighted in red:  a previous owner was from Newport?


Is it, or isn't it Ron Perry's old Baur?  :)

Hi craigslist, this is a rare 1983 323i baur e30 with a 2.7i motor. No rust. california car as much as a know. No Accidents that i know of. body is straight. Rear window was replaced 3 months ago. Paint is not original, i think it was repainted in 04 by a previous owner. Timing belt is good. I don't know how many miles are on the 2.7, Alpina bbs wheels are real. and alpina front spoiler. I think someone was going for the replica look. Replaced the entire exhaust last year. It does have suspension work, a little lower in the front. rear mounts are in good shape. dash computer is working properly. does not have AC or heat. It need a new heater core for heat. When i got it it didn't have AC. being a san diego car i never needed it. Passes smog with no problem. Ive put maybe 10,000 miles on it in the last 8 years.
This is a european car. They did not make an e30 in 83 in the states.

Full story. I bought the car 8 years ago from a guy that had no idea what he had. (he was a "honda guy") I was a BMW Tech in san diego when i bought it and used it as a weekend car. shortly after i moved to the mountains near yosemite and left it in my parents garage thinking when i move back i would drive it again. It is in great running condition. compression is strong and drives great. Every time i visit i take it out and drive it around. (5x a year.) It needs a little TLC cosmetically. it has a few door dings here and there. I really don't know to much history of the car. I found a few blogs on the car a couple years ago when i was researching the car. bimmerforums.com
I know that a guy in newport had it and started refurbishing the car in 05 but thats it. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Bmw 323i odometer: 160000paint color : custom size : compacttype : convertible drive : rwdfuel : gas transmission : manualtitle status : cleancylinders : 6 cylinders

Here is a Baurspotting post on Ron Perry's old Baur.  
.... and a pic from years ago when Ron was restoring it:

Stay tuned!  Can this be Ron Perry's old Baur?  We shall see!  ;)

Addendum:  This car was discussed in bimmerforums thread back in 2007. 
"It was formerly a Polaris silver car, but has since been re-painted Calypso red. It was a very expensive job and even the engine compartment was done. It also has a complete Alpina interior, Alpina front and rear spoilers, and Alpina wheels."

It no longer has the Alpina interior.

Here is the link to the International Baur Registry.  You will see that the pics shown are Ron Perry's Baur B40275-11, taken back around 2005, while he was restoring it.  Notice that there is no windshield in the car.  Ron sold the car


  1. Mine is so close, but 100% Full Stock.
    84' - 323i - Burgundrot Mettalic

  2. Congrats, that is a classy color!

  3. With Yellow Front Light, it's so 80' !