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 27, 2012

Vintage Motorsports Buys the Beaufort Baur!

OK, Baur fans everywhere,  we have some exciting news!  The Beaufort Baur, which we have written about several times here, following it from Beaufort, SC, to LA, has just been purchased by a renowned BMW restoration company in Duarte, CA:  Vintage Motorsport Group.  I have attached a blurb below that briefly describes who they are. 
But that doesn't tell 1/2 of the story!
Here are some pics of some earlier work..... and there is much much more!

Ron P owned the beautiful Baur above, but sold it several years ago.

The E21 above, and the trhee pics below, are all of Ron's 333i.  This is NOT a misprint!   :)  Yes, Baur fans, this is psrt of the reason we are so excited!  We can't wait to see what he will do with the Beaufort Baur!!!  

Stay tuned!

 Ron P in his own words, talking about the car above: Here is the bio on the car:

"A rare opportunity to own a great piece of history! This is a “one off” car produced by Dinan in 1980 and has just gone through a sympathetic restoration. It has just over 50k miles on it and is completely sorted out. It is one of the fastest cars that I have ever driven and will surely put a smile on your face.
Dinan started out with a Sapphire Blue 1978 US spec 320i and completely gutted it. They then sent it out to have the entire car painted and changed the color to Ferrari Red. The job was so good that it still retains it’s original paint. Once the car was back from paint, they added a 3.3 M30 big six and a turbocharger. Prior to paint, they grafted the same vintage wheel arches to form a steel fender flare all the way around and they did a fantastic job.
Prior to my ownership, the original air flow meter was replaced by a split second MAF which modernized the fuel delivery.
They also added oil temp, rear diff temp, and water temp gauges and a 5 speed gearbox. It is also fitted with an Alpina finned diff cooler.
I have changed a few things around since I have owned the car. Originally the car was fitted with period correct Recaro seats with black cloth outers and a tan cord insert with a custom tan set of carpet. I have gone to all black with leather outers and a synthetic suede and a set of factory black carpet, a Momo wheel and matching shift knob. They had also had an elaborate sound system that had been removed but all the wires were still there! I found a new in box, period correct am/fm cassette stereo so I can play my ipod. One really rare option was a Blaupunkt stereo speaker carrier on the rear parcel shelf, which I have also rebuilt.
The car will be featured in an upcoming issue of Bimmer Magazine.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v454/ronperry/Dinan%20333i/   "



Bimmer Magazine November 2011:  "E21 Dinan 333i: Six into Three...and Charge!                                        "We drive another fabulous Ron Perry restoration, this one a six-cylinder turbocharged E21 widebody built by Steve Dinan in 1980."

BaT (Bring a Trailer):

Check them out on Facebook:
The following was posted on their Facebook page. I am just passing it along to our readers so they canshare our excitement!
Well, it was bound to happen some time.
You play with cars, and more cars, and more, and one day you have to make a decision.


... Ron Perry and I [John Barlow] have teamed up to build what we hope to be the most comprehensive "GoTo" for all Vintage BMW fans. Vintage Motorsport Group, consists of three different and unique companies:

Vintage BMW Source:
Will shortly become the one stop shopping for vintage parts, New, Old, Modified, and OEM

Motorsport Legends:
a company built around the preservation of Germany's finest Vintage cars. Specializing in the restoration, sales and consignment of CSL's, Alpina's, Hartge's and the rest.

GROMA Race Fabrication:
Known across the world in Vintage BMW circles as the builders of some of the meanest BMWs on the street and track. Custom fabrication of all types, engine conversions, track preparation etc.

Feel free to come out to see us, and keep your eyes peeled for features in some of BMWs finest magazines!

We look forward to working with you.
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