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.

Monday, January 7, 2013

South African TC2 Baur Pics!

I received an email today from Adrian C. of New Zealand.  He stated that "I have a 1990 TC2 Baur, an ex South Africa one.. Its a 325 with about 120000 miles on it..  A really nice car."

As you may recall, Baurspotting has been looking for some pics of the South African-built Baurs, to show the different color Baur frame they use, compared to the Stuttgart-built Baurs.  The South African Baurs, built under license to Baur use a body-colored frame for the cabrio top.  There were approximately 3500 Baurs built in South Africa, all of which were TC2s (E30s).  The Stuttgart built Baurs use a black frame.

Adrian has very graciously responded to my request with the following pics of his SA Baur (below).

First of all, as you can readily see on the plate above, this car was manufactured in South Africa by BMW SA.

Although everything looks kind of monochromatic here, you can see that the frame where the Baur Cabrio top fits when closed is the same color as the rest of the body.  

Compare that to the following 3 pics taken of Stuttgart Baurs, all with black Baur frames:
Vahik's Baur in California
This blue one was spotted for sale in Riverside, CA, owner unknown.

This Baur was for sale in San Mateo, CA last year.  Note the black Baur frame.  The Baurs above were deliberately chosen so that you can easily see the contrast between the body color and the black Baur frame. 

The photo above was posted on 2/6/2012 by bimmerforums member FrOzEnSoLiD, who is from the northern VA area.  According to TomDC, it appears to have Maryland plates.  

N.B.  1) Right hand drive.
                                                   2) No Baur TC badge on the B pillar (roll bar).
       3) Unusual Color
                                                                   4) The color of the Baur frame is matched to the body color.

All of those items noted above serve to help us identify this unusual find as one of the 3500 TC2 Baurs built in South Africa under license to Baur Stuttgart.  This is the only SA Baur that we have spotted in the US so far! 

More on that here:

Here are two more pics of Adrian's SA-built Baur:   a view of the interior;  note the right hand drive orientation.

Here is a full view of the car parked in Adrian's garage.

Thank you to Adrian for helping us give a pictorial representation of the differences between the Stuttgart-built and the South African-built Baurs!

And btw, if there are any Kiwis out there looking for a Baur.... Adrian also sent us this link to a TC1 (E21) Baur currently for sale on the "Trademe" website.  
Buy online and sell with Trade Me

We have posted it here:

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