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, August 22, 2016

Baurs at Annual BMW Classics Ireland August 2016

Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Barry Foley for these pics from the recent BMW Classics Ireland annual event!

 I believe the white E21 is Barry's Baur, but I have no information on the others.  

Thanks, Barry!  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

BMW 507 - THE ROCK'N'ROLL PHOENIX----The Long-Lost Elvis BMW 507!

In honor of BMW's 100th Anniversary Celebration this week in Monterey, CA, Baurspotting is pleased to offer this video from BMW:  the story of the discovery and restoration of the famous BMW 507 once owned by Elvis Presley when he was stationed in the Army in Germany.  The 507 is considered by many folks to be the most beautiful BMW ever designed, and it is one of the rarest, since only about 250 were built.  It is a brilliant car, and a great story!

This 507 has been stored in a barn since 1968, and it is being presented ---completely restored to the Highest Standards by BMW--- for the first time this week at the BMW Celebration in Monterey!   

So, stop whatever you are doing and watch this video.  You can thank me later.  Our thanks to Frank Greppo of the BMW CCA Patroon Chapter for sharing it with me.  Enjoy! 

Happy 100th Anniversary, BMW! 

Baurspotter of the Week Award: Tom Jones!

Our friend, Tom Jones, was on the track at Laguna Seca today with his dad riding in his cousin Matt's tii.  Their car was following Tery and Deb Sayther's 'M2" Cabrio Targa by Baur, with Mike Pugh and Bo aboard.   Mike shot a great little video which we have posted here already earlier tonight*.

But now we have a couple of pics taken by Tom of the Sayther Baur on the track!

First we will set up the scenario: 
This pic is a screen shot from Mike Pugh's video, and you can see the '02 that Tom is riding in behind the Baur on the course.  That is Deb's hand on the Cabrio Targa's roll bar, and Mike pug's baseball cap in the lower part of the pic.  

Here are the two pics that Tom posted!  It appears that Terry is about to hit that downhill curve that he mentions in the video!  Nice timing, Tom! 

You will note that the back seat passengers are boosted up in the back seat and they are utilizing the roll bar!   You can't do that in a regular cabrio, folks! 

I love these pics!  Thank you, Tom, for shooting them and sharing them with us!  Just know that you have put a smile on a lot of Baur owner faces with these pics!  

Baurspotter of the Week Award:  Tom Jones!  
Honorable Mention: Terry Sayther for getting the Baur on the track and Mike Pugh for the great video!

*Here is the link to the video from Mike Pugh that we posted a little while ago!  


What a great night!  Thanks Terry, Mike and Tom! 

Terry and Deb Sayther Run The Corkscrew at Laguna Seca in their "M2" Cabrio Targa by Baur! VIDEO! Woo Hoo!

Thanks to Mike Pugh for posting this video in Facebook tonight!  How cool is this!  ;)

Terry and Deb Sayther, with Mike Pugh and Bo along for the ride, today running their Cabrio Targa by Baur through The Corkscrew at Laguna Seca as part of the BMW 100 Year Celebration in Monterey CA this week!
Pic by Scott Stowell

Wow!  Yet another highlight of the week!


The pics are screen shots from the video.  In the first pic you can see Deb's hand touching the Cabrio Targa roll bar, and in the second you can see Terry enjoying the drive!  

Thanks, Mike!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Road To Monterey

Just a quick note.... as you may, or may not, know, BMW is having a huge 100 Year Anniversary Celebration in Monterey California this week.  Baurspotting is located on the East Coast of the US, some 3,000+ plus miles away from Monterey, so we were unable to make it to the celebration.   However, we have a number of friends and Baur owners who WILL be in Monterey, and they are enroute as we speak!  !

There is a group of our friends from the Patroon (NY) Chapter (The Greppos, Stowells and Verengias, et al), Andrew and Cindy Wilson from Maine, Paul Wegweiser from Pittsburgh, Mike Ura and Terry and Deb Sayther from Texas, and many, many more that are actually DRIVING to Monterey from locations all across the land! Here are some pics along the way

We are very excited for them and wish them all the best on their EPIC cross-country adventure! Wow!

There are also a couple of links* that will hopefully enable you to follow along with their adventures.

And, yes.... there are Baurs in this run!  Here is a screen shot from a video being produced by BMW of the Road to Monterey.  In fact, all of the following pics are screen shots from that BMW video**:
That is Deb Sayther's "M2" Cabrio Targa by Baur from Texas, driven by her husband Terry in this pic.
Frank  and Denise Greppo

Baur Cabrio Targa with Deba and Terry Sayther

Frank Greppo taking a pic of, I believe, Denise Greppo with Scott Stowell

Moments later..... Scott and Beverly Lyn Stowell

Mike Ura's M1 by Baur!  ;)


Andrew and Cindy Wilson's Athena

Andrew Wilson

Frank and Denise Greppo driving 'Lucille"

Mike Ura's M1 by Baur

Mike Ura's M1 by Baur

*The Patroon Chapter's Facebook page:  "The Road to Monterey"

Paul Wegweisers blog:

**BMW/Michelin video:

Godspeed to all! Have a blast!  Keep those cards and letters coming!  

Monday, August 15, 2016

First --And ONLY!!! --- Baur TC4 in the US FOR SALE!

Thanks to our friend, fellow Baur owner and alert Baurspotter Afonso Conceicao for tipping us off to this Special Find!  You may recall that we reported a few months ago that the FIRST BMW Baur TC4 had arrived in the US.  It is a four door Baur convertible, one of only 311 built--- none of which crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Western Hemisphere!  Until this year!  

And now it is FOR SALE!

And Baurspotting gets referenced in the sale ad!  :)  Check it out! 

This is the ONLY one!  And you read that right:  it is a 4 door convertible!  Count the doors, folks!  When was the last time you saw a 4 door convertible?  :)

BTW, this Baur was formerly owned by our friend John van der Wal in Hungary, and we have posted it about it here* before, including a wonderful video that John made with his son, Ruben last year.

Gotta love this shot!  ;)   

Item specifics

Condition:UsedYear: 1993
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 00000000000000000Mileage: 113,223
Number of Cylinders: 4Make: BMW
Transmission: 5-Speed ManualModel: 


Body Type: ConvertibleEngine: 4 Cyl
Vehicle Title: ClearDrive Type: RWD
Options: ConvertibleSafety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes
Sub Model: Baur TC4Power Options: Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows
Exterior Color: BlackFuel Type: Gasoline
Interior Color: GrayFor Sale By: Dealer
Seller's Comments:

1993 BMW 318i TC4 Baur e36 Convertible Sedan

"Be the owner of the very first TC4 Baur to come to the United States"

It has finally arrived! Calling all BMW/Baur enthusiasts, car collectors, and lovers of rarities!

Check out "Stunning News for Baur Lovers!" on Baurspotting for Toms (that's me, folks!  :)  this is a link to that post here*. ----Ed.) enthusiastic write up of this rare BMW

Karosserie Baur built in Stuttgart Germany. Only 311 units made worldwide

113,223 Miles (Odometer in car in is Kilometers)

5 Speed Manual

Style 39 BMW wheels

Vin is listed as all zeroes due to ebay not being able to decode. The actual VIN is WBACA31040FB68988 (Baur C20126)

Worldwide and Domestic Shipping Available

Test Drives and Inspections are always welcome

Courtesy Transportation from Tampa International Airport

New ebay accounts with low or no feedback need to contact us before bidding as a courtesy to our clients

Don't miss this one. Beautiful, Rare, and Unique. Too much fun!



John's TC4 video can be found in this post:

Oh hell, here is the direct link to the video!  Enjoy!  ;)  Copy and paste it in your browser: 

Huge thank you to Afonso for spotting this today!  Best Wishes to Gordon et al at Auto Gallery of Tampa (FL) on their sale!  
And congratulations to whoever wins this auction and becomes the owner of the ONLY BMW TC4 Baur 
....in the Western Hemisphere! 

A Rare Bird, indeed!