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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Small Baur World: Crossing "The Pond" Department!

UPDATE:  753PM November 12, 2017:  Alexandre just responded to this post in Facebook:  "Alexandre Hohagen This is amazing. And the story about how I got the car is even better. Browsing the internet in a sleepless night. Found your website. Saw the car. Fell in love and due to time difference called the previous owner in the middle of my night. I wanted to move fast. So I reached out to a fellow Brazilian friend who works in Dublin. He went there, took pictures and a video. I bought the car and only saw it for the first time when it arrived here in Miami. Nothing like a connected world. Thank you all!!!"
It is a wonderful Small Baur World, indeed!  ;) 

Well, our friend, Baurspotter extraordinaire Bob Kaufmann, has done it again!  Earlier this week he sent me another link to a Baur that was posted in the 2002 Facebook page.  I have a had a very busy week, and I have been fighting a nasty cold, so I didn't get to look at it until today. Alexandre Hohagen posted some pics of his beautiful, recently-acquired 2002 Cabrio Targa by Baur, with the following comment:
  "This is my 1973 BMW 2002 Targa Baur RHD. Any other RHD Targa in the US?!"

I responded to his inquiry:   Yes, Alexandre, there is at least one other RHD Cabrio Targa that I know of: a green one in Southern California. Probably more, but I can't think of any off the top of my head! Welcome!   
I shared his post to Facebook Baurspotting, as always, and received the following response from Alexandre:  Alexandre Hohagen Thank you so much for the warm welcome. And also thanks to you I found this RHD in the countryside of Ireland. I'm now located in Miami!

Naturally, that comment ('thanks to you') aroused my curiosity!  So I did a little search of the Baurspotting files, and BINGO!  I found it!  it was listed in Ireland in a Baurspotting post back in April 2015, thanks to another Baurspotter Extraordinaire, Barry M. Foley! You can see the original post here*:   Small Baur World once again!  And this time it involves a Baur that started out in ireland, and has now ended up in Miami, FL USA!  It is a Small "Cross The Pond' Baur World!  I love it!  

But wait!  There is more!  Our friend and fellow Baur owner Dirk de Goen also played a role in this@**

**I mentioned above that Dirk de Groen also played a role in this.  In checking my files, I found that Dirk had given us a 'heads up' on a new Baur Cabrio Targa import,a while back although we did not have any other information at the time.... but, as it turns out.... this is the same Baur!  Here are the pics Dirk posted!  

Amazing work, Team Baur!  

Thank you, Bob Kaufmann, Barry M. Foley, Dirk de Groen and welcome to Baurspotting:  Alexandre Hohagen! 

And Congratulations to Team Baur! It is indeed a Small Baur World!  



*Original Baurspotting post on this Baur from 2015 in Ireland:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Welcome to Jason Wall, the New Owner of TC2 Baur 2989!

Congratulations and welcome to Jason Wall, the new owner of TC2 Baur #2989!  I received the following message from him tonight on the Baurspotting Facebook page:

 "Hey friends- I bought the Baur 323i that was on Bring a Trailer a few months back. Nice to discover a community for these cars. I look forward to sharing progress on the resto-mod I have planned. Nice to meet you all."

Lots more pics here:


Congratulations to Jason, and welcome to Baurspotting!  

Here are kinks to our previous posts on this Baur: 



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Small Baur World: TC2 Beauty For Sale in Charleston,SC!

Thanks to Jeff Dreibus via Danny Baker, we have discovered a beautiful white TC2 Baur for sale near Charleston, SC.   Jeff asked me if this could be Ed Poole's old Baur, so I went directly to the source:  our friend, Ed Poole in NH.

Yes!  It is indeed Ed's old Baur.  This Baur* has appeared here in Baurspotting several times already, and we are pleased to catch up to it once again.  I am trying to contact the seller as we speak!

As of now, this is the only info that we have.... but it is a start!

Thanks, Jeff and Dan!  Stay tuned!  

*Previous appearance in Baurspotting:

Friday, October 13, 2017

1957 Isetta Project For Sale in California!

OK, slightly off-topic today but.... it's an Isetta!  We always make exceptions for Isettas! Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Eric B. in LA for the heads up on this one! I know we have Isetta fans out there..... you know who you are!  ;) 

1957 isetta deluxe - $4500 (Riverside)

Seller comments:

S"elling a unique car. 1957 isetta deluxe model. It's a project car. Production numbers for these are cars are very low. I don't wanna sell. Because my opportunity to come across another one won't happen unless I'm spending 30-45k"

1957 BMW isetta 
condition: fair
cylinders: 4 cylinders
fuel: gas
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: manual 

Thank you, Eric! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cabrios in Holland from Roul van den Heuvel!

Congratulations to Roul van den Heuvel and welcome to Baurspotting.  Roul posted these pics in Facebook today.  I have no further info on them!  

Kudos, Roul!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sergio's TC2 Baur Drawings and His White TC2 320i in Bogota!

Congratulations and welcome to Baurspotting:  Sergio Andres Ortiz of Colombia!  Sergio is a Designer and he sent me some of his TC2 Baur drawings tonight, along with some pics of his white TC2 320i Baur! Great stuff, Sergio!  

His Baur number is B41962_13. Since it is not yet listed in the International Baur Registry, this qualifies as NEW FIND!

Congratulations, Sergio! 

Sergio has also told me that: "It is my first car, my family has many classic cars."  

Sergio believes that this is the only 320 in Colombia!

Some of you may already know that I love the Baurs in white!  ;)  

Here are the TC2 Baur drawings that he sent me!  
(Used with permission.) 

Very cool, Sergio! We love them!   ;)

And thank you for sharing them with us! 

Congratulations again, and welcome to Baurspotting!  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Merrick Baur Is For Sale: 1981 BMW 318i Baur Convertible/Targa TC1 - $9995 (Centerport)

1981 BMW 318i Baur Convertible/Targa TC1 - $9995 (Centerport)

Thanks to our friend Layne Wylie in Texas for the heads up on this Baur for sale in NY!  Our friend Ingo. P. has decided to sell his 1981 318i Baur.  You may recall that we have written about this Baur several times over the years because it had been spotted on Long island, but we could not locate the car or the owner.  Here are links to a couple of our previous posts on this Baur*.  This is a beauty, folks!  

I love this color. This car is very tempting to me.... except that I want to STAY married, if you know what I mean!  ;)  

Baur #3136

1981 BMW 
fuel: gas
odometer: 74000
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
Text of Craigslist ad: 
Up for sale is an extremely rare European model 1981 BMW E 21 318i Baur TC1 convertible/targa.

BMW did not produce their own convertibles for the E 21 line and commissioned the German Baur coach building company to produce these vehicles (only 4595 ever made, built in Stuttgart Germany) which were then sold in the BMW dealership show room. This car is an original European model with European bumpers, certainly more beautiful than the big 5 mph US mandated bumpers. Factory BBS rims, BBS front air dam and rear Zender spoiler. The roof consists of a fiberglass panel that can be removed separately from the rear convertible section. The fiberglass panel fits neatly in the trunk. The system works extremely well and is weather tight. 

This is an original 74,000 mile vehicle with documentation going back to 1981 and a Carfax report showing no accidents. Extremely dry with minimal rust and very straight (apart from a couple of grocery store door dings). The original "Zypressengrun Metalic" paint is in good condition, although it appears it was reclear-coated at some point. 

This car runs and drives beautifully with its original fuel-injected 105 hp strong M 10 engine mated to the original four-speed transmission that shifts tightly and smoothly. A reliable daily driver. The rear brakes were just replaced with all German ATE parts and are strong and straight. The steering is tight and direct as well.

I just finished most of the upholstery in the original color, although not the original fabric ($1150). The dash has some cracks in it and a couple of items have to be sorted out on the instrument panel such as the LED clock, the original lighter and radio. The original carpet and door panels are in place and presentable. The interior is complete and nice but needs a bit of attention here and there. 

The original owners manual as well as German literature is in the glove box. I bought this car from the second owner who drove it less than 200 miles per year, the Carfax report shows this. This car has always lived underneath a car cover in a garage since it was brought here from Germany in 1987. A clean New York title is in my hand as well and the car just passed the safety inspection and is registered.

I'm not in a hurry to sell this car and don't need to. I'm also not too flexible on the price. This car is absolutely wonderful to drive and always get a "thumbs-up" every time we take her out. As an extremely rare unmolested car, I am only looking to have it go to a serious classic car/BMW enthusiast. And, as a sidenote, the last e21 Baur convertible/targa that sold on the website "Bring A Trailer" was a non original US-model that sold for $5000 more than the asking price in this ad.


Thank you Layne and .... Best wishes on your sale, Ingo!  

*Post from 2011, when we first learned about it!

Post from April, 2017, when ---- at long last--- we finally located and identified this elusive Baur!    ;)  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

"NEW FIND' in South Carolina!

Congratulations Christian Macias of South Carolina on his recent acquisition of this TC2 Baur!

Here are Christian's comments:
Just bought a 1985 e30 TC2 in Columbia, SC. Just wondering if it was already registered with you.

Baur number is  B43272.  Since it is not yet listed in the International Baur Registry, it qualifies as a NEW FIND!  Congratulations and welcome to Baurspotting, Christian!  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tedster Spots Baur #70 in Hungary!


Our friend Ted Kalman (host of Tedfest in Ontario, Canada) is visiting relatives in Hungary this month, and he just sent us these pics of a Baur he spotted in the neighborhood.  Nice find, Tedster:  looks like a very good example with a very low Baur number:  #70! 

Here are Ted's comments:
Driving to a cousin's house and I came across this 1978 BMW 318 4 speed with 150,000KM. An old Hungarian gentleman came out to talk to me about the car that originally came from a german owner and he did not want to sell it to me. It's #70 and in very good condition. The interior was redone in black and red old Recaro's. I loved it! Tedster

Here are a couple of pics of Baur #70 from the International Baur Registry, apparently when it was still registered in Germany:

Thanks again, Ted, and enjoy your trip! 

*Small Baur World Update:  we know this Baur!  Our friends spotted this Baur two years ago..... but we didn't know the owner! You nailed it, Ted!  Baurspotter of the Week: The Tedster,  Ted Kalman!  Here is the post from 2015: