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, May 20, 2012

Hot'lanta Baurs: Got 'Em All!

Readers of this blog and the E21 bimmerforums may recall this bimmerforums post from way back.  We had heard that there might be as many as 5 Baurs in the greater Atlanta area.   Here are two of them: Bruce H's on the left, Wil Bryant's on the right.  Beautiful!

Here is Bruce H's original post on the 'purple' Baur in south Atlanta.  You will note that he mentions that there were 5 Baurs around Atlanta GA at one point:

Originally Posted by HarryPR View Post
Yes! Will Bryant is his name. Thanks for looking it up. Can't trust my 53 year old brain cells any more.....

Don't know if he is on this board, but Bruce might chime in with more details. He has a couple of pics of both cars together, proving that they are not the same car!
Yes that would be Wil Bryant. Great guy, still has the Baur which is superb. We stay in touch.

At one time there where 5 Baurs in Atlanta. The two Kastienrots, Harry's, another white one that was for sale and a purple one that needed rescuing.

My guess is that there are more Baurs out there than you think."
-------------Bruce H, in E21 Bimmerforums

Ok, we accept the challenge!!  ;)

Well today, I am pleased to announce that we have found 5 Baurs in Atlanta!  Here they are:

The two Kastienrots:

In the pic immediately above, Bruce H's Baur is on the left, Wil Bryants's Baur is on the right.
This is HarryPR's Baur, which was at one time located in Atlanta. He is noted as one of the 5 in Bruce's postings.  HarryPR moved this Baur to Puerto Rico last year.  Interestingly enough, Harry's white Baur started out as a Kastienrot, same as the two other cars in bimmerforums.  A later owner apparently changed the color to white.  Harry's Baur "Smokey" was recently featured in BMW magazine!  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3771580164207.166488.1117837646&type=1

Here is the "purple' one that Bruce mentions (Bruce posted these pics last year but they were actually taken in 2007):


Ok that is four down and one to go!

OK, the final piece of the puzzle:  it was right under our nose the whole time!  The fifth Baur cited in Bruce's original message was:  "another white one that was for sale".

We have known about Ras Sweeney and his white  Baur (#2581) for some time.  All we knew about his location, however, was that he was 'in the South."  ???  The South is a big place, as you know.  Well, I am please to announce that I spoke to Ras Sweeney on Friday--- a very enjoyable conversation, btw----- and he informs me that he is located in Atlanta!   His Baur is Alpineweiss!  The missing white Baur!!

That is 5 for 5!!  

We still need two things to make this list fully complete:

1)  We do not have Wil Bryants's Baur plate number.  I have found him on Facebook, and sent him a message. I  haven't heard back from him yet. Any help on that would be greatly appreciated.

2)  We do not have the Baur plate nor the VIN on the 'purple' Baur in south Atlanta.  However, Ras Sweeney has confirmed it's existence.  It is actually blue.  He has spoken to the owner, who is asking $1300 for the car..... which sits outside in the weather unprotected.  He thinks that it has been stiing out there for perhaps as long as 10 years!!  Sitting outside just as you can see in the pics from 2007..... including an open/missing rear window.  It appears to have suffered from some vandalism or cannibalization over the years, because it is missing the rear window and some seats.  I will try to have Ras send us the address, or the Baur's owners name.  I would love to see him drop his price so that someone in here can grab it and save it!

Stay tuned for more!  Thanks, Ras!!

The good news is that we were told over a year ago  that there might be as many as 5 Baurs in the Atlanta area.... and we have found 5!!!  They appear to match the 5 Baurs mentioned.... and we are sure of at least 4 of them.... and it appears eminently plausible that the 5th Baur is indeed Ras's white Baur!  Wow!  Great job, Baurhunters!!!

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