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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The BMW Baur 4 Door Cabriolet Turned 75 in 2011!!!!!

A question was asked in the E30 bimmerforums today about converting a 4 door E30 into a cabriolet.  I have had this post as a draft for a long time, and I thought this might be an opportunity to put the 4 door cabriolet in a bit of an historical perspective.  Baur was one of the companies doing this work over 75 years ago!

If you thought that the 4 door E30 Baur cabriolet pictured above was a first..... you would be wrong!   BMW's first 4 door cabriolet was actually built over 75 years ago!  The BMW 326 (1936-41) was the first 4 door made by BMW.  It came as a sedan and it also came in both a 2-door and a 4-door cabriolet version.  It was customized by Baur and Reutter, and also by a number of other coach builders.

You can just see the handle on the rear door in this picture.  This may have been a police car.

BMW 326


"Cornerstone - the 326
Fritz Fiedler and chief designer Alfred Böning started work on the 326 in late 1934, designing for it a rigid platform-type chassis with box-section elements. The existing BMW front suspension was redesigned, its transverse leaf spring mounted above instead of below the frame and with torsion-bar springs for the read axle. Four-wheel hydraulic brakes became standard for the first time on a BMW and the steering was by rack and pinion.

The 326 was BMW's first four-door saloon and Peter Schimanowski's styling gave it a remarkably modern appearance. Its most striking feature was the front end, with enveloping wings and a grille which blended smoothly into the front panel. This grille, derived from earlier BMW designs, is the true ancestor of today's famous twin-kidney grille."

------------- see:   http://www.unixnerd.demon.co.uk/history.html#326

The 326 :  the colums below refer to the build dates, engine size. # of cyl , horsepower and # built, respectively.
1936-411971650box section platform chassis, independent front suspension, rear axle with torsion-bar springs1134-door saloon, 2-door or 4-door cabriolet15,936

No comments:

Post a Comment