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.

Monday, July 26, 2021

New Find! 1981 320i in Northern California! Baur #2598! One of the 25 US Spec Baurs Officially Imported by BMW to North America!

Thanks to James Dougherty for sending me what appears to be a NEW FIND in Northern California: Baur #2598!  Thank you, James!  

This is a very special Baur:  it is one of only 25 imported by BMW to North America, 22 of which went to Canada!  This is one of the Canadian Baurs!  See attached chart from Baur Guru Jeroen Janssen!

According to the Baur TC1 registry, 960 of the 4595 BAUR TC 1s have been found. That is 20.89%, 3635 are still missing.

Scroll down this list to find Baur 72598:  that is this Baur!  

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Current BMW 2002 Prices on Bring a Trailer

Thanks to Peter Beren for posting this to the BMW 2002 Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/38681969075/?hoisted_section_header_type=recently_seen&multi_permalinks=10159275877559076 Momentum continues in the collector/muscle car market, and 2002s are not exception. Sedans are up 5% in 2021, while Tiis are up a whopping 30% over 2020 prices. 24 sedans traded hands on bringatrailer.com (out of 31 offered); prices ranged from $8500 for a project/runner on the low end, up to $53,500 for a fully restored 68 1600-2. The average price for a car sold this year was $24,259. On the Tii side, 12 out of 15 cars sold, with prices running from $9900 for a project all the way up to $84,502 for a fully restored, box-stock 72 Tii. The average price for a Tii this year is $47,944, but nice daily drivers can still be had in the upper $30s to lower $40s. The really big number cars are the ones that are largely stock, albeit restored. In the six years that I have been tracking prices on BAT, sedans have increased in value an average of 28% annually. Tiis have increased an average of 39.5% annually. But 2002s are really a tale of two different cars, the Roundies, 1973s and earlier, and 74 thru 76 models, the square tail light models. Among sedans, Roundies carry a $4,723 premium over the later models. Among Tiis, this the premium between Roundies and square tails jumps to $9,523. Transmissions are another factor in pricing; 2002s came standard with 4 speed transmissions. A relative few cars came with a 3-speed automatic. Cars with automatics can expect their price to decrease by $2,400. On the other hand, cars that have had 5 speeds command a $5,400 premium (makes the $1500 asking price for a 5 speed, well worth the investment). Out of 241 sedans tracked over the past 6 years, only two are noted to have dogleg 5-speeds; but hold on to your hat’s boys & girls, those dogleg 5-speeds add $8100 to the value of a 2002 over the average price of a 4-speed car (however, with only two samples in the lot, it may not be statistically significant. Or is it?). Out of my own curiosity, I have been tracking whether or not cars have AC or not. AC adds about $1100 to the value of the car. But that is more driven by local climate (change) and your significant other’s preference. People will ask about the values of the Touring hatchbacks, Cabriolets, and Turbos. There have been only four 2002 and three Tii’s sold. 2002 Touring brings $3375 over the average price of a 2002 sedan; while a tii Touring shows a drop in value of $1300? Again, the available sample is not large enough to fairly judge the market values. More transactions have been recorded for Cabriolets. Over this period, they have traded hands for an average price of $56,000. Proving the old auction adage, if the top goes down, the price goes up. Lastly, Turbos. If you want one of these, you’re going to have to pay up, and pay up big. Average price for a Turbo is $132,575. But really nice ones are now pressing $200k. If you want to do the work, runners can be had for under $100k (if the actually sold for that, that is). Disclaimer: I think I have captured most of the BAT prices, but there are probably a few misses, especially early on. I’m sorry if I missed your car. BAT does not make it easy to consistently check back for particular ones. Oh well, the trends exist. BAT buyer premium of 5% on the first $100,000 is not included. However, those cars that are listed from other auction houses, do include the Buyer’s Premium (some approach 20% now). To those who poo-poo BAT, keep in mind that they hammer approx. 70 cars a day during the week, and another 35 per day on Saturday & Sundays. I estimate that their total thru put is approx. 20,000 cars annually. They have an 85% sell rate. You can see my spreadsheet in the files section of this group. If you use this work elsewhere, please give me credit

Monday, January 18, 2021

Baur Parts For Sale in Europe!

I got a message the other day from our friend, Michael Compensis, in Europe. He has some Baur parts for sale. Here is his message and one link to his sale. Part 1 of 2. "Dear Tom,
as I sold my TC1 after 7 years of ownership last week I put up some parts on ebay this week!
May be could send the links to all our fellow Baur Friends?


Sunday, November 29, 2020

1984 BMW 318i Baur TC2 e30 - $7,000; Burbank CA Craigslist

1984 BMW 318i Baur TC2 e30 - $7,000; Burbank CA Craigslist
Baur #40428.
Seller's comments:
"Up for sale is my 1984 BMW 318i Baur TC2. Very rare car. Interior is very clean besides the cracked dash. Engine runs well, although very underpowered being 100hp. AC works great, recently replaced compressor and converted to R134a.
Paint needs some love. Car was vandalized with paint stripper during previous ownership. Clean title in hand with no accident history. Rare wheels, and a Zender front spoiler. Not too many Baur e30s made, especially in America. This car is for the e30 enthusiast. This is not your regular 318i e30, so don’t try lowballing me. Asking $7000. Smog is good for another month, and tags are paid until 2021. No trades accepted."

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    • text:

      (818) 747-6060

Chrysler LeBaron Convertible: First American Convertible To Appear After the 'Ban the Convertible' Crisis!

"In early 1982, it was released in a convertible version, bringing to the market the first factory-built open-topped domestic vehicle since the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado."


Convertible Woodie: 1983 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country

Remember the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles? One of these cars was in it. Also, one was part of a George Costanza running gag on Seinfeld. The 1980s Chrysler LeBaron was a K-car derivative, and not only did they make a “Woodie” station wagon, but Lee Iacocca’s boys also came up with a Woodie convertible. This 1983 LeBaron is one of them, saw only 1,520 copies made that year, and has the upscale Mark Cross trim package. Located in Poquoson, Virginia, this car is available here on craigslist for $8,800 or best serious offer. Kudos to our guy Ikey Heyman for sending this tip our way!

The FWD K-Car is credited with being the first automobile that saved Chrysler Corp. in the 1980s (the other was the minivan). While it’s not as fondly remembered as Lee’s first sales bonanza (the Ford Mustang), it resulted in 3.5 million reproductions between 1981-89. They came in several varieties and body styles and would even be used in the taxicab trade. Dodge had the Aries, Plymouth had the Reliant and Chrysler had the LeBaron, the fanciest of the species. In 1983, Chrysler built 77,000 LeBaron’s as coupes, sedans, station wagons and convertibles. Of these, 11,000 were Town & Country (Woodie) wagons and just 1,500 were Town & Country convertibles (also Woodie), so the seller’s car falls into limited production territory. Thanks, Chrysler K Car, for the K-Car history lesson.

This 1983 LeBaron is a two-owner car that is said to have traveled just 23,500 miles in its 37 years.  Until 2014, it was a Texas car, then it went to South Carolina where it acquired the South Carolina license plates it currently wears and is now for sale in Virginia. The body looks straight and solid with no signs of rust, and the fake woodgrain siding looks up to par. That’s a key statement because rehabbing or replacing that material can’t be easy or inexpensive. The dark brown paint is nice and shiny and matches well with the leather interior colors. The convertible top boot is beautiful, but somehow the color is off compared to the seats, so I’m guessing this is a replacement and not the one that came with the car.

The seller’s car was decked out with the optional “Mark Cross” two-tone leather interior with the leather maker’s logos prominently affixed. It also features unique door panel inserts with those same badges. The car was well equipped from the factory with just about every convenience you can imagine. Everything is power this and that, including the top. The wire wheel covers add an additional touch of class to a car that already has tons of it. It even has a trunk rack just like the one where Del Griffith mounted his shower curtain rings travel case to in the movie with Steve Martin (one of my personal favorites). Best line of the movie? “oh, that’ll buff right out.”

Mechanically, the car has Mitsubishi’s 2.6-liter “Silent Shaft” engine, paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission. As a sign of the 1983’s version of the future, the car is equipped with Chrysler’s Electronic Voice Alert System, a computerized voice that warned drivers about various conditions and used phrases like “a door is ajar” or “your engine oil pressure is low”. I wonder if its nickname is Alexa. This clearly is a head-turning kind of car given all the excesses that were built into the styling. You’re not likely to run into another one of these at Cars & Coffee. They don’t turn up for sale that often. Of the small handful currently advertised on the web, none of the Woodies are offered for more than $10,000. So, the seller’s asking price seems to be about right.


Norfolk Craigs list ad:

Classic 1983Chrysler Lebaron "Woody" convertible - $8,800 (Poquoson)

Beautiful 2-owner Chrysler LeBaron convertible “Woody” that is a head turning affordable classic with the top of the line Mark Cross trim level and just 23,500 miles!

This car has AT, power brakes, power steering, AC and power top in beautiful condition! It has all of the available options of the day including power seats, windows, locks, cruise control, tilt wire wheel covers and trunk rack. The Mark Cross package is the top of the line model with upgraded Mitsubishi 2.6 Liter "Silent Shaft" engine, mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission. Other options included cornering lamps, automatic speed control, and an AM/FM stereo radio with electronic tuning and cassette player and Voice Command warning system that talks to you – ahead of its time for 1983!

The power convertible top is virtually in new condition, no broken stitching and the Plexiglas rear window is bright and clear. The car has no cracking or stitching problems. The optional "Mark Cross" two tone leather interior is adorned with the leather maker's logos. Featuring unique door panel inserts with "Mark Cross" badges. The leather padded top boot snaps in place when the top is down to enhance the overall beauty of the car.

This is a two owner creampuff car (with Carfax) from TX (original owner had it for 31yrs) and SC with just 23,500 original miles. Every time I drive the car I get thumbs ups and shouts "I love your car," it is a true head turner. This edition is hard to come by and is becoming desirable by collectors. This is your chance to own an inexpensive fun collector convertible that is a pleasure to drive.
$8800 or reasonable offer. Text 757-232-09TWOFIVE. Legacy info available.

1983 chrysler lebaron convertible

condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 23500
paint color: brown
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: convertible


BMW E21 Baur euro back seat head rests - $150 (Pasadena)


BMW E21 Baur euro back seat head rests - $150 (Pasadena)

Seller's Comments:

I have a pair of rear seat head rest off a Euro BMW E21 Baur. They are Tan vinyl ready to install in your car.

Call or text only please no emails or spam BS. three10-89six-5seven28


    Vintage BMW Parts Source: BTS Autoteile

    Here is a parts source that you may want to keep on file: https://www.bts-autoteile.de/index.php/de/