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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Baur iX Spotted in Greece!

Thanks to Baur Guru Jeroen Janssen for posting this Baur iX in the Baur IX Facebook page*.  One of only 118 built, this Baur is among the rarest of the uber-rare! 

None exist in the entire Western Hemisphere, as far as we know! Not a single one!   I would love to change that!  ;)

B48748- 13, located in Greece.

Jdroen's comment with his post:  "He has no climate, at least not from work. The first time I heard about this car was 2011, and the owner lacked the targa roof and the papers. This picture I've just found on Facebook and is from 2014. If he has changed van owner by now, I'm not clear yet."


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Voll Cabrio by Baur Spotted Again in Wells, Maine!

Thanks to Joe Goldsberry for spotting this Baur in Wells Maine today, and thanks to David Combs for  alerting me to it! 
Here are Joe's comments about it in Facebook today:
"Saw this beautiful 1600 in Wells Maine today. All original except for the roof. No rust!" 

Seems like we spotted a similar one recently up in that area.  Could this be the same one?

Answer, YES! 

On July 7, 2017 our friend Wink Cleary posted this message:  "Spotted in Wells, Maine.."  It was accompanied by this pic:
We asked about the license plate.  Wink Cleary replied, July 7 2017: "I couldn't read it no matter how much I enlarged the photo. It's at a service station so it may be a repair type plate.. Interestingly enough, the google street view shows a VW thing convertible (Bing shows and e46 vert) in his lot so I suspect the place is known for its classic car work."

Joe Goldsberry, 4 minutes ago: "That's the car. Brown's service station on Rt 1 across from the police station."

The license plate, even from a distance seems to match.  Bingo!  Now we just need to track down the owner!  Pine Tree Chapter Represent!  ;)  

UPDATE 11:40pm July 18, 2017:  Well, that didn't take long!  

Joe Goldsberry "The owner of the garage owns it. He said he also owns several Austin Healey's too."

Thank you, Joe!  Great job!   ;)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Baurspotter Extraordinaire Spots Another E21 Baur In South Florida: Thank you, Eric B.!

Thanks once again to our friend and fellow Baur owner, All Star Baurspotter Eric B. out in LA for spotting this Baur in South Florida!  Eric doesn't miss a trick!  Sheesh!  The guy is incredible! I have lost count of how many beers I owe him for his contributions! ;)    Thank you again, Eric! 

Seller's comments:
Color: White

Interior: Navy Blue

Baur Edition - Cabriolet body style - manufactured by Baur - was available from 1978 to 1981.

This 1981 BMW E21 is well kept over the years, with no rust and mechanically sound.

Need nothing and can be enjoyed as-is immediately.

The super-straight and sanitary looking exterior recently painted, in the original white color and was properly done.

Rubber, plastics, chrome, and other bright work all looks original, as the OEM rims.

The soft top is in fair condition for its age.

Inside the navy blue interior, is very well maintained and original with the original Recaro Seats.

The dash has a new dash cap, and the transmission has the original 5-speed. 

Very curious to know the Baur number on this one!  We will try to track it down, so stay tuned!  ;)

Thank you, Eric B.!  Baurspotter Extraordinaire! !  

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Mystery Baur Spotted In LA! Do you Know This Baur?

    Thanks to Valya Robinson for posting these pics in R3VLimited Facebook page of an E21 Baur that he spotted in Cheviot Hills, near Los Angeles, CA.  He posted with the comment:  "Found a unicorn".  :)  Indeed, you have, Valya, and thank you for sharing it! 

    It looks familiar to us, but I don't have all my files available, so I can't check for certain.  We have a number of white E21s in that area, but no definite match yet.

    Does anyone recognize this Baur? 
    UPDATE:  "Valya Robinson Hey I found this one by national and motor, I think beverlywill and cateragaues (sp) to be exact. Just on the east/south corner off cheviot hills."

    Thanks for posting, Valya!  


    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Brisbane Baur: E21 323i Baur Spotted In Lance Jurgeleit's Workshop!

    UPDATE July 6, 2017:  We received a message from the owner, Adrian Anderson, along with an additional pic:  Welcome Adrian!
    Adrian Anderson:  "Thank you all, it was great to see our car featured on this page. We have owned the car for around 25 years and are really looking forward to getting her back on the road with the help of Lance and the team at Brisbane Motor Works."

    Thank you and best wishes, Adrian! 

    Thanks to Mario Lamont for tagging me in this thread for this Polaris 323i E21 Baur.   This was posted in the BMWCQ E30 Register on Facebook, an Australian site.  The Baur was spotted in Lance Jurgeleit's workshop in Brisbane.  Baur number is 1734. This Baur is NOT yet listed in the International Baur Registries* so it qualifies as a NEW FIND!  Congrats to all, and welcome to Baurspotting! 
    Here is Mario's tag:

    E21 Baur and quite rare these days at Lance Jurgeleit's workshop.
    Spent 15 years inactive in a garage.
    Whether you like the Baur's or not, respect to the owner for spending good money to bring this classic back to life and keeping it on the road.
    One for you Tom Schuch.

    Thank you for the tag, Mario! Best wishes to the unknown owner and to Lance Jurgeleit and his Brisbane workshop, and we join with Mario in applauding your efforts to keep this Baur on the road!! 

    And, again, Welcome to Baurspotting!


    *International Baur Registries:


    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    VIDEO: E30 Baur Drifting!

    Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Ed poole for the link to this drifting video! Looks like fun!  ;)


    Thanks, Ed!  

    1984 Baur BMW 318i convertible - $2500 Chicago

    Thanks to Brandon Simonson for sending me this link to a Baur in the Chicago area.

    1984 Baur BMW 318i convertible - $2500

    1984 bmw 318 i 
    condition: good
    cylinders: 6 cylinders
    fuel: gas
    odometer: 96000
    paint color: silver
    size: compact
    title status: clean
    transmission: manual
    type: convertible
    Rare car 1984 Baur BMW 318i convertible 
    96k miles. Car runs very well no mechanical problems. Body needs a little work but is in good shape. No radio and soft top rear window is torn. Clean title $2500 firm


    Thank you, Brandon!

    1984 TC2 Project in Milwaukee, WI: $1500! And we DO mean PROJECT!

    Thanks to Layne Wylie for the heads up on this TC2 project car in Milwaukee, WI.  This one is not for the faint of heart, folks!   We don't have the Baur number yet.  I am also curious:  we had a report about a black Baur that was spotted in Minnesota many years ago (like 2008, if memory serves), and we haven't been able to find it.  I wonder if this could be it!  I will do some checking, so stay tuned!

    1984 BMW 325 TC2 Baur - $1500

    1984 BMW 325i 
    condition: fair
    cylinders: 6 cylinders
    drive: rwd
    fuel: gas
    paint color: black
    size: compact
    title status: clean
    transmission: manual 
    type: convertible 

    Seller's comments:
    Super rare Baur e30. There were fewer of these made than e30 M3s, and certainly less than 100 in the US. The TC2 Baur was made in advance of BMWs release of the e30 convertible. It has a removable targa roof panel, and a fold down section at the rear windows.  
    This is a grey market car that has been in the US since the 80s. It has EURO BUMPERS, that aren't rusty but have some dings. Also has euro/german language check panel and OBC.
    This is a full-on project. It basically needs EVERYTHING done. 
    It doesn't run
    It doesn't drive
    It doesn't have an interior in it
    It needs paint/body work and a new top.
    But, it also comes with almost everything that is needed to put it back together.
    I bought this car a few years back as a "barnfind", there was no engine with it and the interior had been inhabited by rodents. It was nasty. I stripped the interior and dropped in a known good 325i engine and 5 speed transmission. The engine is bolted up, but nothing else is hooked up as far as electrical connections, hoses, etc.
    The body is surprisingly rust free, it has a little rust started by the trunk/battery area. The paint (Diamond Schwartz/black metallic) is in horrible shape, and the car has a lot of dings and scratches. It seems the car was in a hail storm at some point. I do have a decent hood and rear decklid to go with the car.
    The floor pans need complete replacement. The top isn't watertight and the PO didn't keep it dry, so the floor pans are swiss cheese. The tops are still available from various sources.
    As I said, the interior was pulled and tossed. I do have blue carpet and rear seat to go with it. Sorry no front seats.
    Arguably the 5 speed swap, Euro bumpers and interior parts are worth close to the asking price.
    I'd like to sell it, but also don't need to give it away. I've had it for years and I know it isn't going down in value. 

      Thank you, Layne! 

      Sunday, June 25, 2017

      BMW 2002 CABRIO BAUR 1973 For Sale in Italy....Again!

      BMW 2002 CABRIO BAUR 1973 For Sale in Italy!  We saw this same Baur listed a year ago on this same site*.  The price has increased since last year, btw!  It was originally £29900 last year, but it is now listed at £34900.  ;)

      It is hard to know what condition it is in, since the seller has only supplied one photo.  That might raise some flags for some folks.  Why not more pics?

      Text of the Listing;

      This is a very rare Bmw 2002 TopCabrio built by BAUR coachbilder.
      Converted in 1973, this 2002 has a rear soft top and a center Targa hard top.
      The car has been recently fully restored to as new conditions keeping the original colour and the interior details.
      It absolutelly hard to find this model on the market today and it is alrady a collector car.

      I can export it Worldwide with our shipping agents support.

      Price:£34900 As stated
      Advert Type:For Sale
      Category:Classic Cars
      Model (alt):2002 CABRIO BAUR
      E-mail:Contact Advertiser via Email
      Listing Date:21-Jun-2017


      * Here is our post from May 2016 about this very same Baur:

      Thursday, June 22, 2017

      TC1 Baur Brings $15250 on Bring A Trailer Auction Today!

      Boom! Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Eric B. out in LA for alerting me to the final gavel price on Baur #2175 on Bring a Trailer: $15,250! Woo hoo! ;)

      Text in red is from Bring a Trailer :
      This 1981 BMW 323i is a Baur-converted car with a two-component top featuring a folding rear section and a removable targa center top. The 323i was never sold in the United States, and this car was imported in the mid 1980s. The previous owner had the car for about nine years and swapped the automatic for a 4-speed manual transmission. He also converted the tan interior to grey and added Bilstein shocks, H&R springs, polyurethane bushings, upgraded swaybars, and an aluminum radiator. This E21 is offered with a clean Georgia title in the seller’s name.
      Per a conversation with the previous owner, this E21 wears original paint apart from the rear valence and filler panel. A few minor scratches and defects are shown. The distinctive Baur top comes in two pieces. The removable targa panel is original, though the folding rear portion has been replaced. The latter is well fitted and has a clear plastic rear window, and the former is in good condition, though the inner liner is said to be somewhat threadbare at the edges.
      The suspension has been modified with numerous new parts including Bilstein HD shocks and H&R springs, which lower the car about half an inch. The car also features upgraded swaybars and new polyurethane bushings, which the seller has pictured in the gallery during the installation process with the subframes and other components out of the car.
      The battery has been relocated to the trunk, and the tool kit is nearly complete.

      The seller swapped out the original dash and center console for uncracked examples from a donor car. The donor center stack is from a non-A/C car, and this car is no longer equipped with A/C. An aftermarket stereo is fitted in the stock location. An Alpina steering wheel is shown in some of the interior photos, though the stock E21 steering wheel pictured above will be sold with the car. All of the instrumentation is working, though the end of the speedometer needle has broken off and is resting inside the bottom of the cluster. The 62,500 miles indicated are not believed accurate.

      The previous owner had the driver’s seat professionally widened by an upholstery shop. The seller notes a slight twist to the driver’s seatback, though the seat is said to remain comfortable.

      The drivetrain is said to be close to standard for a manual gearbox car, and includes a 2.3L straight-six backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. The 323i produced the most horsepower and torque of the E21 family, with 141 horsepower and 140 ft-lb of torque. An aluminum radiator and a strut tower bar have been fitted.

      Numerous photos of the underside of the car are provided in the gallery link below, along with photos of the suspension components removed to add the polyurethane bushings.

      Lots more pics here:


      Congratulations to both the buyer and seller!  And thank you to Eric B. for alerting us to the Finale!  

      All's Well That Ends Well!