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, August 26, 2012

Baur: Twelve Cars In One!

FOUR  SIX  SEVEN EIGHT NINE  Ten  Eleven Twelve Cars In One!

UPDATE  July 4, 2020, The Fourth of July Holiday! Thanks to Bob Kauffman for the link to this Beach Baur!  Surf's Up, dudes!  ;)

UPDATE March 17, 2016 St. Patrick's Day!  Thanks to Barry Foley of Ireland for these pics showing the Baur as the PERFECT St. Patrick's Day Parade car!  I love it!  Guests of Honor can ride in the back seat of the Parade car.... standing up safely thanks to the built-in roll bar!  Fantastic!  Thanks, Barry!

UPDATE December 30, 2015:  OMG, the Hits just keep coming!  Thanks to Craig Saxon for the heads up to Cameron Wishart's TC1 Baur in Australia!  Cameron's Baur has an aftermarket sunroof installed in his removable Targa roof!  Which gives him a totally NEW roof-style option!  We love it! OK, granted that this does not come standard on the TC1 Baur.  But, the TC2 Baur Targa roof CAN be used in a partially opened tilt-top--- which we have not mentioned here yet!  So, this feature makes 'Eleven Cars In One" for the Baur!  Thank you Craig and Cameron!

UPDATE December 24, 2015:  Thanks to TC Baur in Facebook, we have another option!  Not sure how to transport that Christmas Tree home?  Here is the solution!  ;)

A Baur Christmas Tree Hauler!

UPDATE May 19, 2015:
Thanks to my friend Hans Wortelboer, we have a NEW option for the versatile Baur Cabriolet:  Baur Garden/Cold Frame!  In all honesty, we didn't see this one coming, but we love it!  ;)

Don't crush that rusted BMW Baur!  Plant it!

Come on, folks!  You don't get this stuff anywhere else! :)

 Put the glass and cabriolet cover back on.... and it is a cold frame!  

Thank you, Hans, and Kudos to Senad Grabovac for taking these pics!

UPDATE May 12, 2015:
Thanks to the Puerto Rico Classic Bimmer Group - Clasicos BMW for posting, and Harry Bonkosky for alerting me to this pic of a cyclist support team back in the day!

UPDATE May 22, 2014:  Thanks to Michal J. for posting this pic of his Baur in Facebook today, showing us ANOTHER use for the Baur that we hadn't seen before:
I love it!  :)   
Nice day for a "White Wedding"!  ;)

We already know about the Baur as Four Cars in one, namely the Coupe, Targa, Landaulette and Cabriolet, from BMW ads like this:

But that's not all!

I am building a new built-in bookcase at the house, and needed to pick up some of the lumber.  My wife had taken her station wagon with the roof rack on her errands but... no problem!  I just took the Baur to the lumberyard!

I just threw a couple of rags onto the roll bar and the windshield to protect the cloth, an then tied down those 10 foot boards with twine.  I just stuck the smaller six foot pieces in the back seat, as you can see.

If you look closely you can now see the lumberyard twine that I used to tie down the boards.

Because they were only 10 feet long, they were too short to tie to the front or rear of the car.  I simply wrapped the twine around the roll bar, and then ran a few lines to the window frames (door open) for stability.  It was a piece of cake!   

Can't do THAT with a regular convertible!  

Presenting:  My Baur as a Truck!

Although this is a valuable, if  utilitarian, use of the Baur, it occurs to me that there are other, more recreational uses also possible:


Coupe, Targa, Landaulette, Cabriolet, Truck, SURF CAR!  WEDDING CARRIAGE! SEVEN cars in ONE!

Why not?  If these guys can do it, so can the Baur!!!

We believe that this truck was converted from a TC2 Baur.... it has a removable Baur Targa roof over the cab.


And here is one of our own Baur guys.... TJ's Jetski!
(Ok, technically, on closer inspection, I think that is TJ's '87 iS, not his 86 325e Baur.  But.... it coulda been!)


(The last two pics were courtesy of my son, Brian, who helped me load his kayak onto the Baur.  Thanks, Brian!)



Surf's Up, Dudes!


(Surf Car pic is from Jeroen.)

8/27/2012 Here is another pic sent today by Jeroen of The Netherlands:
Btw, that is his E30 325iX Baur, one of only 114 ever built!!  And he has TWO of them!!!
Thanks, Jeroen!

Kayaks, canoes, bicycles, jetskis, surfboards!  Send me pics of your Baur used in a creative or unusual way, and I will post them here!

TomDC's TC2 Baur with Yakima bike rack.

OK, this one takes the cake!  

This pic is from Poland.  Wow.  ;)

Posted by HarryPR in Facebook from BMW Classic Poland site.

** The Beach Boys on the Red Skelton Show 1963:  Boat necked striped shirts, clam-digger pants, and lip-synching!  Surf's Up!
I am throwing in this extra bonus video just because it is one of my all-time favorite tunes!  Enjoy!

UPDATE:  Thanks to THEPOOLEMAN IN E30 bimmerforums, we have the perfect accesssory to make your Baur a SIX Cars in One Baur!

A Baur-specific roof rack system!

Thank you, Ed!

Here is an example of a roof rack system in use on an E21 by our friend Brian C of Washington DC!  No E21 was harmed in the making of that photo, per Brian C.

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