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 18, 2016

Buying a Project Baur: "Rare does not always mean $$$." Another Small Baur World Story!

It is amazing what you accidentally stumble on sometimes.  Here is an example.  I was reviewing some info on that 1600 Baur for $28,500 in Larchmont, NY (which has been for sale for over a year), when this article from 2009 popped up!

As happens so often around here, I recognized the (sad) car in the pic!

First we have the article that appeared on March 31, 2009, in a (mainly Porsche-oriented) blog called "The Unobtaniate".

Here it is:

Rare does not always mean $$$.

We were sitting around working at the shop one day and my brother’s brother-in-law (that’s a mouthfull) calls and says he is at a Navy auction in Norfolk, VA. He says there is an old BMW 2002, are we interested. This auction is for cars that people left on the base, so they auction them off to recoup storage costs.
An old 2002 is worth about nothing so we say we will pass. He says that’s cool but it is a cool convertible. WHAT? They never made a 2002 convertible, did they? It turns out they did make a coach-built bauer 2002, and they made less than 900 of them. So we bid on it, and get it for $300. It has got to be worth more than that, we hope.
So we head down to VA and clean the car up and asses it. The engine is locked up and there is some rust, but everything is there.
We put the car on EBAY and it brings a wopping $1700, after we cut in the brother-in-law we ended up netting about $400 a piece.
So, we learned a few things from this.
1. Rare does not always translate to $$$$.
2. Stick to Porsches.
Here is the link:

So, you will note that the color scheme of that particular Baur is, well... let's be kind and call it 'unusual'.  Non-standard.  And memorable, which is why it looked familiar to me.  :)  So I did a little search through my files and ... BINGO!  

Here it is about a year earlier, in April, 2008.  Same....err .... memorable .... paint job!  ;)  And if you check the 'seller' in the ebay ad, you can see that his name is listed as "unobta...".  That is the same word, or part of the same word, as the name of the blog!  

So, Baurspotters, last photographed about 7 years ago in rather sad condition... the  question is.... does this Baur still exist?    


Has anyone seen this Baur Cabrio Targa?  Chances are, if you have seen it.... you would remember it, right?  :)  So let us know if you have any clues, hints, salacious rumors, etc, about this car!  We would love to hear it! Good luck, Baurspotters!  ;)  


  1. Reach out to adam on his blog and ask. He is a contributor to the Porsche club magazine and just posted an article on barn finds.