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.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Another Non-BMW Baur or Baur-Type Top Cabriolet

  I didn't see THIS one coming!  ;)

1959 Nash Rambler Convertible Landau!


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BMW Instant Windshield Messaging: What Will They Think of Next Department?

Another Brilliant Bavarian Innovation!

From the wonderful folks who brought you BMW Magnetic Tow Technology*.

Picture of April Fool's day advert - BMW Instant Messaging

*BMW Magnetic Tow Technology


BMW April Fool Ad 2007


Thursday, November 29, 2012

BMW Shape-Shifter Video.... What??? The BMW Gina

This is a few years old (2008 or so), but still an interesting conceptual idea.

"The body changes its shape according to exterior conditions and speeds, and it also allows the driver to change its shape at will."

Check out this Video!




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BMW Gina, BMW Museum, Munich, Germany.
The GINA Light Visionary Model is a fabric-skinned shape-shifting sports car concept built by BMW. GINA stands for "Geometry and functions In 'N' Adaptations".[1][2][3] It was designed by a team led by BMW’s head of design, Chris Bangle, who says GINA allowed his team to "challenge existing principles and conventional processes."[1] Other designers include Anders Warming.[4]
The construction began in 2001.[5]

Fabric body

BMW said the flexible, stretchable water resistant translucent man-made fabric skin – polyurethane-coated Spandex, is resilient and durable. It resists high or low temperatures, does not swell or shrink and the movement does not slacken or damage the fabric.[6] The body changes its shape according to exterior conditions and speeds, and it also allows the driver to change its shape at will. The fabric is stretched over a moveable frame;[1] essential shapes are formed beneath the skin by an aluminium wire structure, though at points where movement is needed (ducts, door openings, spoiler) flexible carbon struts are used.[1] The shape of the frame is controlled by many electric and hydraulic actuators, for example, the headlights are revealed when small motors pull the fabric back in an eyelid like fashion. As the fabric is translucent the taillights shine through it.

[edit] Exterior

GINA has just four panels — the bonnet, the two side panels and the boot.[1] Its skin appears seamless, but it can "grow" a higher rear spoiler for stability at high speed.[6] Its doors open in a butterfly style, and are each covered by a fabric piece reaching all the way from the nose of the car to their trailing edge which when closed leaves a perfectly smooth surface. Access to the engine can be gained through a slit that can open in the middle of the bonnet.[1]

[edit] Interior

When the car is parked, the car's steering wheel and instruments sit in an "idle" position on the centre console to allow the driver easy entry.[6] The steering wheel and instruments assume their correct positions when the driver presses the start button and the headrest rises from the seat once the driver is seated, making it easier to get in and out of the car.[1][3]

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g [1], GINA on Wired.
  2. ^ [2] BMW GINA — Design Feature.
  3. ^ a b [3], GINA on Autoweek.
  4. ^ BMW Car Designers throughout history
  5. ^ BMW GINA concept - German giant reveals GINA concept with moving bodywork.
  6. ^ a b c [4] GINA on AOL.

[edit] External links

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BMW 2002 Baur Targa (1971) Wallpaper Anyone?

I stumbled across this today....

BMW 2002 Baur Targa (1971)
Image Credit - Copyright S├ębastien MORLIERE

Lots more pics here:


Sunday, November 25, 2012

1973 2002 Project Journal Part II: Car Jockeying

A beautiful day today in SE Conn, if a little cool.   Temp was about 41, but a bright sunny day.  A good day to do a little prep work for the upcoming projects.  Here is a summary of the situation:  I have a 1989 325ix (AWD) in the garage, with the tranny partly disassembled.   I have a replacement tranny scheduled to go in.... but that has been on a long delay.  This bimmer is up on high blocks (steel ramps and homemade wood blocks), probably high enough to do the tranny replacement.  But I haven't gotten around to doing it.   C'est la vie.  The good news is..... I've got a guy.  I will have him do the tranny swap.... just need to get it to his shop.  That should happen in the next week or so.  
In the meantime, I need to button up that tranny, get it down off the blocks (no mean feat, btw), and pull it out of the garage to make indoor space for the 2002.  This is complicated by the fact that the 325ix cannot be driven.... the tranny is bad, and has been completely drained of fluid, the pan and filter have been removed, (it is an auto tranny, btw).... and the exhaust has been completely removed.  

The thing that is driving today's efforts:  bad weather is forecast for Tuesday.  The new-to-me 1973 2002 has no seals at all around the driver's door and driver's side passenger windows.  Any precipitation will enter the car unobstructed... which it has probably already been doing for God knows how long at the previous owner's place!  No more!  This car needs to be inside,and..... it WILL be inside today, come hell or high water!!  ;)

The problem, of course, is that neither the 1989 325ix, nor the 1973 2002 are running cars!  So all the jockeying around of cars is going to have to be done..... ingeniously!  My backup plan is..... I know that my son, Brian, who lives in town, has a few friends visiting this weekend.  And I know these guys:   they are all muscle guys who would love to help out the Old Man by pushing a few cars around.  If I get stuck, I know they would love nothing better that to pitch in.  But I think I can do it myself.    ;)

Well, me and Mr. Natural, that is.  "Get the right tool for the job!"

First things first:  I make myself a cup of coffee to have at hand as I contemplate the work to be done.  Very important.  ;)   Did I mention that I am a coffee fiend?  I redesigned my kitchen a couple of years ago, and the focal point is my coffee bar, with its own sink, etc.  I have several espresso machines (real espresso machines, not those little toys), and I make all varieties of espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, etc.  But I digress.

So, the first thing I need to do is to button  up that tranny, and then figure out a way to safely lower the ix from its high perch.  I have it way up in the air on car ramps (front)) and homemade wood blocks (rear).  It is very solid and very safe (I am a safety nut, as you may know), but it is so high that it requires some thought to bring it down safely.  Jack stands, for example, cant reach it.  It is that high!

So, after a bit of maneuvering, and bit of sweating it out..... the 325ix is down on the ground safely.  Whew.    This is a pic of the block that one of the rear wheels sat on.  I don't mess around.  ;)
Ok, so the 325ix is now on the ground.... let the jockeying begin!  ;0

Here is the set up: the 2002 that is seen under cover needs to go inside the garage, which is currently occupied by a non running 1989 325ix.  A GREAT car, btw.   But, since the 2002 is not running, I am going to have to pull it out of the way, so that I can then pull the non-running 325ix out of the garage, and out of the way of the non-running 2002, so that I can then push the non-running 2002 into the garage!  And then push the non-running 325ix back up to the door of the garage, to await a tow truck to take it for its tranny transplant.  Simple, right?  ;)
Here is how I did it.  I attached a tow cable from my 1977 320i to the non-running 2002.  Both cars had built-in tow hooks, so I just ran the tow cable between them.  The 320i easily pulled the 2002 back up the driveway about 50-75 feet so that it was out of the way.  

Here is a pic of the 325ix still up on the ramps/blocks, but the 2002 is now out of the way.  

I screwed the tow hook into its assigned place.

Here you can see that I have attached my poly engine strap from the tow hook on my 1991 325ix to the tow hook on the 1989 325ix.  That 1991 325 5 speed AWD ix is a BEAST!  Amazing how easily it pulled the other 325!

As you can see, the 91ix easily pulled the 89 ix out of the garage and off to the side of the driveway, allowing space for the 2002 to head to safety inside the garage.  

I have started to push the 2002 down the driveway toward the garage, going slowly to ensure clearance between the rear end of the 1989 325ix on the left and the white fence on the right.  Surprisingly close quarters.

I have pushed the two ix'es up against each other to maximize the clearance for the 2002.

The 2002 easily clears the rear of the 1989 325ix.  Lucky for me, the driveway here is a just a slight downward incline.  Pushing the 2002 by myself was a piece of cake.

Success!  The 2002 is safely ensconced in its new digs, safe from the vagaries of wind and weather!  Now I can take my time to do whatever needs to be done, with no worries!  Well..... no worries about the weather, anyway!  ;)

The 325ix is now pushed back in front of the garage, where it can be easily accessed by AAA for its trip to the tranny shop.  A perfect resolution of the dilemma!  

Overall, a very successful day today!  I was able to get the 2002 inside out of the weather for the duration, and also able to get the 1989 325ix buttoned up and in position for its journey to the tranny shop for its transplant.   Perfect!

Once that 325ix has the tranny transplant completed, it becomes expendable.  I need to downsize my fleet, although I love them all!  

My plan is to either give this 325ix to one of my sons, or, if they decline it, to sell it outright.   Cosmetically, it is certainly not perfect but.... it is just an incredible car in the snow!  Ask me how I know!  Unstoppable!  The Ultimate Snowmobile.  

Stay tuned!

See full project journal here:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

NEW PAGE: 1973 2002 Project Journal

I recently purchased a 1973 2002 project. I have begun to do an assessment, and some preliminary planning for it, and I plan to record my progress in a journal on my blog. 

This is a long road, so I beg your patience. I made my first entry tonight. 

Enjoy, and stay tuned. 

Check it out!

See full project journal here:

Baur Stuff on Ebay

There is frequently an abundance of Baur-related stuff on eBay.  I am posting this just to let everyone know this stuff is out there!  I did a search on Search Tempest, and this was the result.  Also, don't forget to check out the German eBay, and other Euro ebay sites (UK eBay, for example.  Tons of Baurs in the UK.).  You will be surprised what turns up from time to time!


PictureItem Details

BMW : 3-Series 323i 1985 BMW 323i Baur Convertable - 97,000 Miles

1994 BMW Magazine 3-Series 318is 325is Baur TC MCLaren

Autoart BMW 2002 Baur Cabriolet White 1/18 RARE

1982 BMW Baur Topcabriolet Factory Photo

1979 1980 1981 1982 BMW 320 323 Baur Cabrio Photo

1984 BMW 318i & 323i Brochure with Baur Convertible

1979 1980 1981 1982 BMW 320 323 Baur Cabrio Automobile Photo Poster

1982 BMW Baur Topcabriolet Automobile Photo Poster


1994 BMW Magazine Brochure Baur 3 Series Cabriolet E36 325i 325is M3 MacLaren

1987 86 BMW 325i Convertible & Baur German Brochure E30 325 3er Cabrio Prospekt

BMW 2002 TI TII Baur Script Emblem Badge

wonderful modelcar BMW 320 BAUR CONVERTIBLE 1979

wonderful modelcar BMW 320 BAUR CONVERTIBLE 1979

wonderful modelcar BMW 320 E30 BAUR CONVERTIBLE 1985

wonderful modelcar BMW 320 E30 BAUR CONVERTIBLE 1985

wonderful modelcar BMW 320 (E30) BAUR CONVERTIBLE 1985 - grey metallic - 1/43

1987 BAUR COUPE TC 3 BMW German Car 8.5x11" Print Sheet

1/43 NEO Resin Model-BMW 2002 (E10) Baur Silver 1974 #.43281

BMW Karosserie Baur Folder 1600 Cabriolet 1968

BMW BAUR Top Cabriolet 3 Series Car Sales Brochure 1979 GERMAN

BMW BAUR HARDTOP Cabriolet 3 Series Sales Brochure c1979 GERMAN

1983 BMW 3 SERIES Brochure (E30) inc BAUR CONVERTIBLE

Auxiliary Fuel Petrol Tank Carburettor DIY Tool BMW 320 / 325 Baur Cabrio

BMW E21 Baur Targa Top Blue

BMW 3 Series E30 Convertible Brochure 318I 325I Baur 90

BMW 2002 Baur Cabrio By Autoart MILLENNIUM Edition 1:18 Diecast Cabriolet Blue

BMW 323i Baur Cabriolet Unbranded Rare 1/64 Diecast

BMW 323i Baur Cabriolet 1/64 Unbranded Diecast

BMW 323i Baur Cabriolet Unbranded Rare 1/64 Diecast Red