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, February 13, 2012

TC2 Baur Found in Junkyard! For Sale in Houston TX

We are much indebted to robrez in the E30 bimmerforum for posting this link today.  Wow!  what a find!
Thank you robrez, Baurhunter of the Week!
Here is his post in bimmerforums.... followed by the Baur thread:
N.B.  There are a lot more pictures in the thread below than what I have posted here, btw.
Posted by flyboyx on the r3vlimited board.
very rare E30 BAUR rescue roof retrofit. almost complete

ok, so i was wandering around the jy yesterday and came across a Baur e30 that some thoughtless tool turned in. as you know this kind of place will never sell you a complete car. it really makes me upset to see such a rare vehicle wind up in the crusher. Originally i pulled off the roof panel and a few pieces of proprietary hardware. last night i started thinking about this car kind of like the way my girlfriend looks at those dog rescue shelters. kinda want to save them all. anyway, i went back today and removed the entire roof area so it can be grafted onto another e30 coupe. as you can see by my sig, I have too many projects right now. if this doesn't sell, i was thinking down the road to fabricate it onto one of my ix's. as a result, i am not willing to separate any parts. all or nothing. i just want it to go to a good home where it is going to be put on a car and adored by its owner.

i know that not everyone finds a baur aesthetically pleasing, but they are awesome and they are very rare. not as pretty as an m3, but definitely much harder to come by. i could see this sort of project as something levent's shop might do. this top came off an 84 euro, but the good thing is that it can be made to fit any e30 coupe.

the setup is mostly complete. it is just missing two items: the driver's side quarter window was broken when i got to the car. also, the passenger side quarter window trim is missing. you will be able to see these defects in the photos below. i know of two e30 parts baur's a few hours west of here. i don't know if the guy is willing to sell parts off them, but at least it would be a start.

here comes the pix:

as you can see, all of the vinyl is really in excellent condition. it is dirty in the pix, but there are no rips, tears, or abrasions that i can see.

here is the vin if anyone with a carfax subscription feels like checking the history and posting it here. last digit is a 3.

the original convertible top vinyl is actually in good condition as well. the back window is gone as you can see. i think you could get away with just replacing the window for a while. if you decide to replace the entire thing, at least there is good fabric to make a pattern from.

here is the broken window mentioned above.

here is the missing trim piece on the pax side. i had removed this window yesterday and that is why it just looks like it was placed there because it was. also the horizontal piece of chrome trim that is hanging down is also in good condition. it fits into a channel in the bottom of the rubber that goes around the window. i didn't have time to put it back together before i shot the pix.

there is very minor surface rust on the lip that holds the back of the convertible top down. it would easily come off with a wire brush on an angle grinder. the package tray is in rough shape but it is complete and will be easy to use a pattern to make a new one. it is simply made from 1/8" mdf or particle board with a thin Berber carpet glued on the top.

the headliner is complete and in good condition. just like a cabrio removable hardtop, it is loose and will need to be reglued back into place.

there are two small holes in the roof panel headliner, but they are covered up by the frame rails when the top is mounted on the car.

yes, that was a german check panel. some stupid jackass tried to remove the front plastic sheet instead of pulling the entire panel. i know this because i found the front laying in the car in pieces

even the baur seat belts and the roof panel storage brackets are there. i included trunk hinges and torsion bars to make it as easy as possible to reinstall this in another car.

proprietary baur rear interior panels. obviously in black.

these are included too.

ok, price.....this stuff is so rare and hard to find. i don't even think there are any active users on this forum with a baur. i did a search to see what others were selling parts for and was not able to find a single thing. as i said before, i really want this to go to a good home. i would be proud to see this in a build thread for one of our fellow forum member's cars. its pretty hard to put a price on this, but considering that i have two days invested in driving to the yard and the better part of the day today cutting it off. also, i feel like they screwed me a little on the price by nickel and diming every little part on the assembly. the figure i have in mind is 1200.00. since i am advertising this on a national forum, i am willing to ship, but as you can imagine, i would prefer and give preference to a local pickup.


Thank you robrez and thank you flyboyx!!

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