Thanks to our friend, the continent-trotting Andrew Wilson, for the heads-up on this California TC1 Baur on ebay! (Andrew has been all over the continent this year, traveling most recently to Monterey, CA for the 100th Anniversary of BMW. He previously attended the Vintage at the Vineyards in NC, '02 Fest in Arkansas, the Kissel Kar anniversary in Wisconsin, the Pittsburgh Grand Prix Vintage, the Vintage at Saratoga NY, and a variety of smaller local events---- and he's not done yet! I am exhausted just LISTING that itinerary! Hands down winner of the Iron Butt Award! Keep on trucking', Andrew!)
1980 BMW e21 323i Factory 6 Cylinder European Baur Coupe
We did find this Baur #1181 listed in one of the two International Baur Registries, but not yet in the other. Our friend, Uwe Hinz, is on top of the situation, as usual. :)
The cover for the rear vinyl window is rarely found on US Baurs these days. It is necessary in this case, since the seller states that the window is damaged and in need of replacement.
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Seller's ebay comments:
NO RESERVE AUCTION
Welcome. You are bidding on a rare 1980 323i Baur. This car comes with a clean California title. On original California title the DMV has made a mistake with one of the numbers in the VIN. The last 4 of the vin is 1115 the title only shows 115. Instead of dealing with the DMV and asked them to correct this issue(add an extra 1) I have decided to sell the car. This car has had the same owner since 1985. I am happy to help arrange out of state or overseas shipping. Please take a look at the pictures below and read the description. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. For additional pictures please click on then photo bucket link.
Exterior: This car still appears to have most of its original Silver paint. The paint is very worn and is in need of attention. The car appears to be very solid structurally with no signs of rust. It appears may have been an accident in then rear as it has been primered red? Please take a look at the pictures. It still retains its original European spec bumpers. The targa top is in nice shape, but the back plastic window was weathered and needs to be replace.
Engine/Transmission: This car does start and drive. It makes nice power and shifts through the gears smoothly. It is a 4speed manual transmission. I never took it on a long drive, but it sounds great with its factory dual exhaust. It has a new Catalytic converter installed. I am not sure if this car will pass smog in California. The ignition switch a couple tries to engage the starter motor.
Interior: This car still has its European gauges and Alpina shift knob. The seats are rather worn and incorrect for this car. The driver side door panel is off as a new window regulator was put in. It has not been put back on, but is included in the trunk with all of the hardware.
Overall: This is a great project. The car is a running driving early 323i that can be restored as it is driven. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
Thanks, Andrew and..... continued Happy Trails to you! ;)