UPDATE OCTOBER 23, 2018: It turns out that David Alan was not the ONLY person to shoot a video of Vincent and his Baur Voll Cabrio that day in October of 2015***! Check it out below! Thank you for sharing, Vincent!
It all started out innocently enough, with a 'heads up' from our friend, and fellow Baur owner, Mike Pugh in North Carolina. A previously unknown Baur Cabrio Targa had been spotted at the Euro Auto Fest in Spartanburg, South Carolina last weekend. Some pics had been posted in the 2002FAQ, and, after doing a little follow-up work, I learned (from another friend and Baur Cabrio Targa owner, Don Bower) that this Targa had just been purchased recently by Scott and Fran Hughes from Oldenzaal Classics in The Netherlands (whom we have written about before), and that it had spent most of its life in Rome. It sounds like a great story, and we look forward to learning more about it!
But, as often happens, I took a little detour onto the Oldenzaal Classics site to see what ELSE they might have on hand, and I was not disappointed. Sure enough, Oldenzall has lots of other interesting cars for sale, including a nice silver 1600 Voll Cabrio by Baur! So, naturally, I did a little post about it for the blog and our Baurspotting Facebook page and..... that's when the coincidences..... got a little crazy! ;)
I shared the Baurspotting post on the 2002 page, and a guy named Vincent J. Gladfelter comments: "I GOT A 1968 1600 CONVERTIBLE!"
Well, that always gets my attention, but I did not recognize his name, and frankly had no idea where he might be on the planet. So I checked his Facebook page, where I found this photo of a red Voll Cabrio!
Whoa! I recognized it immediately by the wheels and the front plate! I knew this Baur! In fact, I had seen this Baur in person 7 years ago on my 'Roaming Baur' trip through Pennsylvania!*
Here is my pic of this very same Baur taken at The Bullenstall Museum, Mechanicsburg, PA, August 10, 2011! Note the wheels and the distinctive front plate! ;)
At that time it was owned by the estimable Ed Ullom, and it had been part of his Bullenstall Museum Collection in Mechanicsburg, PA! And who is Ed Ullom? He is very well-known and esteemed car dealer and collector, and the recipient of the prestigious BMW "Friend of the Marque' Award back in 2012!
(Unfortunately the photos from that post have degraded for some reason, and are no longer visible. My apologies. ----Ed.)
Ed had put this Baur, along with another E21 Baur, on the market at Carlisle about four years ago, when he was downsizing his collection. It was finally sold sometime in 2015, I believe, and we have been looking for it ever since! The buyer left an Anonymous comment on the Baurspotting post sometime after that, saying: AnonymousJune 13, 2017 at 9:10 PM
A tantalizing clue, but we had no idea who that could be, or where he was located!
The only other clue we had was thanks to our friend, David Alan, who shot a 13 second VIDEO of a red Voll Cabrio Baur when he travelled alongside it for a few miles on the highway in October of 2015! Now, really, what are the chances of THAT happening! David sent me the video and we recognized it as the same car that was previously sold by Ed Ullom! Amazing, and ... Small Baur World! ;)
Here is a screen shot from that video! Recognize those wheels? We did! ;)
You can view the whole video at this link:
Over the years, Baurspotting has done a number of different posts on this car, on several occasions when it was 'spotted' by one or another of our informal team of 'Baurspotters'! (Their numbers are Legion!) ;)
Here are three of the posts:
So anyway, to make a long story short, once again it is a Small Baur World because, as it turns out, Vincent J. Gladfelter was the buyer of Ed Ullom's Voll Cabrio, he WAS the anonymous commenter on the Baurspotting post, and he does indeed now own this 1600/2002tii Voll Cabrio Baur.
And it is by pure happenstance that we discovered all of that today!
So..... WELCOME TO BAURSPOTTING, VINCENT! And congratulations on your beauteous Baur!
Here are some photos from Vincent J. Gladfelter's Facebook page, showing the Voll Cabrio Baur during his tenure of ownership. This was originally a 1600 Voll Cabrio. Ed Ullom converted it to a 2002tii engine during his ownership.
The 2002tii engine.
From Ultimat Klasse.
From Collin Blackburn.
Another screen shot from David Alan's video.
The following photos are from the Sale Listing at Carlisle back in 2014.
"CVM" was Cumberland Valley Motors, which was the dealership owned by Ed Ullom.
Some info about Ed Ullom:
*** As it turns out, David Alan was not the only person to shoot a video of Vincent in his red Voll Cabrio by Baur that same day in October 2015! Vincent participated in the Mille for MS Rally at Pocono Raceway that day, and was on his way home when David spotted him. However earlier in the day, Vincent and his Baur were ALSO captured on a video during the Mille for MS Rally on the Pocono Raceway! Vincent shared the video with us today. Check out the 3:35-3:41 section of the video: top down BMW Baur fun on the Pocono Raceway!
Here are a couple of screen shots of the Pocono video! Photos are a little blurry because, well, that's what happens when you are doing 100+ on the speedway! He said he surprised a few Porsches that day! ;)
Link to the video: enjoy! ;)