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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The First Baur: A Restoration Project Pictorial, Part IV

The Debut of the Restored Baur #000001

Welcome to Part IV of The First Baur: A Restoration Project Pictorial!  We ended the last part with this pic, showing Baur #000001 mostly, but not completely, restored.

Although the restoration was not yet completed, Andreas (the owner) had the opportunity to take it to a car event in Stuttgart, as a kind of "Come As You Are" show.  These pictures are from that show, I believe, and you can see that the new roof has not yet been installed.
You can see the Baur in the Baur display area.
We have a very historic moment approaching.  Since I am not sure of the translation, here again are Andreas' words about the picture above:  on the last day is also the daughter of minheer Baur in our region to visit.

Andreas:  "Dat is een moment van die iedere Autoliefhebber droomt De Linkse minheer is de Konstrukteur van deze Baur en de rechte de Garnierder van toen die mij nog een originele dak als muster kont bezorgen."

Again, I am not sure of the translation, but I believe Andreas thought this was a very special moment, in that those two men worked on this car at Baur when it was being built, and they were quite affected to see it restored to such beauty.  Perhaps someone can help with an accurate translation.... "Google translate" leaves much to be desired.

 We now continue with these pictures of the new roof and rear window.
Here is the installation of the roof. These are the words of Andreas himself, commenting in another forum on the new roof:   "Here the roof and now it's there for the spezial hand made because it is different from the Series Baur I think that's the most expensive item was the Restoration. Here is a photo of the roof Specialist who made it. "

In 2008, the now completed Baur #000001 returns to Stuttgart.

And he is accompanied by another very special Baur that Andreas also owns:  #4595, the very last Baur built!  The first Baur and the last Baur together!
The car on the left is #4595 (notice the trunk lip), the car on the right is #000001.

Andreas: "Here is the Konstrukteur and still stop by "
He autographs Baur #000001!!!
Wow.  A signed original!!!  What a wonderful and historic moment!  Congratulations Andreas!!!

Do NOT wash that car!!  :)

Andreas also brought the car to the "Techno Classica" show in Essen a short time later.

Notice the signature of the Konstrukteur is still on the hood!

This brings us to the end of Part IV.  But we are not done yet!  I am pleased to announce that I have made email contact with Andreas himself, and he has very graciously sent me some more pics of both of these historic Baurs.  Those pics include some very interesting, and surprising, information about the early Baurs that I was unaware of.  I look forward to sharing that info in our next installment, along with some pics of some of Andreas' other cars.   

Stay tuned!!

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