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, February 17, 2018

Once Beautiful TC1 Baur Spotted "Rusting in Peace" in South Africa!

Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner Ashley Naidoo in South Africa for sending us this interesting find:  TC1 Baurs are much less common in South Africa than the TC2 Baurs, partly because BMW actually built about 3,000 TC2 Baur IN South Africa!  No TC1 Baurs were ever built there to my knowledge.  So finding a TC1 in SA is always exciting!  

This one is a very sad example, as you can see.  But, when I checked the Baur number with the Baur Registries, it is already listed in both Registries ..... but looking decidedly different in the Registry pics! We assume, at least for now, that it is indeed the same car, and I am working with Ashley to try to pin down more details for confirmation.  I am also reaching out to our Baur Guru, Jeroen Janssen, to further confirm, with the specialized production information that he has access to, that this is the same Baur shown in the Registry pics!  
 Registry pic.

Baur A000643-06 this is one of Ashley's pics.

Another Registry pic.

So stay tuned for more info, as we try to unfold this little mystery!  Are all of these pics ... the same Baur?  If so, there is a sad story lurking behind these pics which show such an awful deterioration.  What happened to it?  Or has there been some sort of a mixup in the Baur numbers.... I do not see a photo of the Baur plate in the Registry pictures.... and the rusted car in the field does't seem to show any silver paint under the hood in the pic of the Baur plate!  Was it repainted?  Or are we dealing with two different Baurs?  

Stay tuned!  ;)  


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