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.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Last Seen Wearing: 1981 323i Chicken Saw Oregon 2007

Ok, Baurhunters.  I was surfing through r3vlimited today and I came across this Baur from September 2007.

Your Mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find this Baur!  :)  I have attached some clues below.... it bears a remarkable resemblance to conkitchen's white Baur, which he transformed into the car that is now docjohn's in Arizona!

Stay tuned!

posted by funkmast in r3vlimited

Look at what is parked in the background!

RARE RARE - 81 323i baur - full zender kit and recaros

Feel free to cross-post to an E21 board... I dont know of any...


1981 323i Baur convertible --PROJECT CAR--

This is a very VERY rare car. It is rare to find E21 323i's, and it is rare to find E21 Baur's. To find an E21 323i Baur, is nearly unheard of.

This is a project car, and deserves to be put back on the road.
Clear title.
Will part out if no takers (would be a shame)

*Full authentic zender kit (airdam, side skirts, rear skirt)
*euro bumpers in good condition
*2.7L M20 (not hooked up)
*5 speed trans
*150k on chassis
*no diff
*15" fittipaldi reps available, comes with bottlecap wheels
*dash is cracked, recaros have been recovered (and need it again)
*top has some tears

$2000 obo
Attached Images

That can't be this car, can it?  Look at those wheels!  The quarter panel has a marker on it, and I believe conkitchen's car had square headlights, at some point.   Two white baurs in Oregon with similar wheels?   Hmmm.  :)   Quite a coincidence, at the very least!!   ;)
this car was also in Oregon, purchased by conkitchen and brought to CA, now owned by docjohn Arizona.  Here is a comment by conkitchen:
 " It came with no BAUR identification due in part to the front end having been completely replaced. The only remaining evidence of ever having been a real TC1 (non 323) was some of the euro parts, roof assembly, plus the two rivet holes for the euro spec ID tag (not baur tag) on the passenger side were evident. Otherwise, the VIN comes up as a 1979 US model. "
Further: "For all I know perhaps the roof and parts were adapted from a totaled baur onto a 320i. But when and by whom for what reason, and why not keep the BAUR tag etc...?  It is a real baur top."
Here is some other info:

Preliminary theory:  Two different white E21s were in Oregon; one was the 1981 Baur with Fittipaldi wheels.  The second car was a 1979 US Spec E21.  The first car is listed as a 1981 323i, with a 2.7L stroker (not hooked up??) and no diff.

The 1981 Baur was perhaps wrecked, and salvaged with parts from the white 1979 non-Baur US model, and the 1979 VIN was used to register it.  Look closely:  The paint on the driver's front quarter panel and driver's door does not match the paint on the rear quarter panel. 

The car has been transformed again since the above pics were taken.  Front panels were again replaced with red panels, and the rear quarter panel was repainted.  Confused yet?  :)

I want to emphasize that the above is just a theory.  It is pure speculation on my part that may have no relation to the reality of the car whatsoever.  Kind of an interesting theory, though.

Stay tuned!

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