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, March 31, 2013

Project Journal Update: We Have Brakes!

Finally got around to looking at the 'no brakes' situation this week.  I had filled up the brake fluid reservoir, and sure enough, I had brakes --- momentarily!  Steady pressure on the pedal would drive it to the floor, though, so I knew I was losing it somewhere.  I couldn't see any obvious leaks at first, but then I got under the car with a good light, and I could see that the right rear wheel had a peculiar spot.  I pulled the wheel and the drum, and sure enough the wheel cylinder was bad.

Old leaky wheel cylinder passenger side rear

You can see the old cylinder above, after I replaced it.  I ordered a new one from FCP, and installed sunday without a problem.  Well..... almost no problem.  

I had taken it apart about two weeks ago--- first time I have done an old style drum brake in years!  I had released the brake shoe spring and the shoes to get a look around and clean in there.  When I went to reassemble everything two weeks later, I had it in my mind that I needed another spring to assemble it correctly.  So I looked all  over for this 'mystery' spring to no avail.  I am usually pretty careful to keep all the disassembled parts together.  Don't tell me I inadvertently scooped it up and threw it out with the trash when I was cleaning up!  Day um.  It was quitting time anyway, so I decided to look around again another day, and also break down and take a look at the Haynes manual for a visual of what it should look like re-assembled.

New wheel cylinder installed.

After reviewing the pics in the manual, I realized why it is not a good idea to wait two weeks between disassembly and re-assembly:   You forget stuff!   All the fuss about a missing spring was for naught:  I didn't misplace or lose anything!  I just forgot that there was only the one spring needed! 


So it all went back together nicely, no missing parts, and no extra parts.... which is the way I like it!  And... best of all.... I know that I now have solid brakes!  Not that I care, really, but, I gotta admit that once in awhile.... they do come in handy!


Project Journal 2002: 3/31/2013 Prepping the 2002 driver's quarter panel

Happy Easter to All!  
I got to spend a little time outside today prepping the driver's quarter panel.  Temp in the mid-50's. intermittent sun.   Nice overall.  This is an experimental piece.... I have pounded out most of the dents.  It still has some rust through as you can see behind the wheel well.  I sanded off  a lot of the chipping white paint this afternoon, along with the surface rust.  It was threatening rain, so I gave it a quick coat of primer also, before stowing it back in the garage.  Fresh primer helps to show all the problem areas.  I consider this a practice piece, btw.  The whole car is going to need this sort of attention.... and more!  So I am just starting slowly.
I did the work on those sawhorses you can see on the right.  That is my E21 Baur behind me, and my 1977 carbed 320i to the left.  The 2002 is just out of sight in the garage at the right, and my 1979 323i project car is under cover next to the garage.  ;)

Calling all Baurs: Part II of a Triple Whammy!

Then there is this:

A gathering of classic BMWs on the lawn of the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. This event will be take place October 12-14 2013.

We attended this last year, and it was the largest gathering of BMW Baurs in the US .... EVER!  Great Venue, great show!  Let's do it again!   


But that is not all!


And this:

Do yourself a favor.... put on the headphones, crank up the volume, and enjoy!

Calling All Baurs: Part III of a Triple Whammy!

Part III of the Triple Whammy!


BMW V&CCCA Holiday 2013: In October 2013 the BMW V&CCCA, in close cooperation with the Patroon Chapter of the BMW CCA, will hold its main North American event as a one week outing based in Saratoga Springs, NY. The program will start on Oct. 12, when the Patroon Chapter holds its 2013 “Vintage at Saratoga Springs” event, and will follow with day trips to Lime Rock in Connecticut, Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and an overnight trip to Lake Placid, NY.

The Club Holiday will conclude after breakfast on October 19.
Participation in this Holiday is open to all members of the BMW V&CCCA, the BMW CCA and any other BMW clubs recognized by the International Council of BMW Clubs. Participation in the Club Holiday will be limited to a maximum of35 teams.

For the 2013 Club Holiday flyer and registration form please click here >>

In case of questions or comments please contact Goetz E. Pfafflin atgoetzpfafflin@msn.com or (303) 300-9946.

BMW Vintage & Classic Car Club Holiday – October 12 to 19, 2013
Saratoga Springs, Adirondacks and Lime Rock, CT
In conjunction with the BMW CCA’s Patroon Chapter’s Vintage at Saratoga Springs
The BMW Vintage 
and Classic Car Club 
of America (BMW 
V&CCCA) is organizing a Club Holiday centered 
around beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY, famed center for 
thoroughbred racing at the Saratoga Race Course, which 
opened in 1863 and has been the oldest continuously 
operating sporting event of any kind in the United States.
More recent history of Saratoga Springs includes the 
nationally renowned Saratoga Automobile Museum, 
which will host a major BMW exhibit from May 3 
through November 3rd, 2013.
Within a stone’s throw from the Automobile Museum is 
the historic Saratoga Spa State Park, which will host the 
BMW CCA’s car show on Sunday, October 13, where 
the Club Holiday participants are encouraged to join the 
display with their cars.
Highlights of the Club Holiday are as follows:
• Saturday, Oct, 12 – Arrival of Club Holiday participants and joint “Meet and Greet” dinner with the BMW 
CCA Vintage at Saratoga Springs group. 
Sunday, Oct. 13 – Joint display of Club Holiday cars and CCA “Vintage at Saratoga Springs” cars at the Saratoga 
Spa State Park and visit to the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
Monday, Oct. 14 – Drive along secondary roads to the Lime Rock 
race track for lunch and a few track laps before heading back to 
Saratoga Springs via Olana / Hudson, NY and an optional visit of 
the home of the Hudson River School painter Frederic Church.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Drive a scenic route to Lake Placid, site of 
the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980, where we will dine and 
overnight at the four-star Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa. 
Wednesday, Oct. 16 – We will have the opportunity to ride down 
the bob-sled run at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid and 
visit the 
along a different route to Saratoga Springs. 
Thursday, Oct. 17 – We will have a beautiful drive to Lake 
George to enjoy a lunch cruise arranged by the elegant 
Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing on Lake George. After 
lunch Club Holiday participants are free to explore the area 
before returning to Saratoga Springs for a free evening, - the 
only evening during the Holiday that no group dinner has 
been planned.
Friday, October 18 – we will point our cars in a westerly 
 Please mail Registration Form with Checks to:
 BMW Vintage & Classic Car Club of America, Inc.
 Goetz E. Pfaffl in
 4862 Silver Sage Court
 Boulder, CO 80301
 U S A 
Driver: Co-driver:
Name:__________________________________________ _________________________________________________
Given Name:____________________________________ _________________________________________________
Street:__________________________________________ _________________________________________________
City-State (Prov.)-ZIP:_____________________________ _________________________________________________
Phone:__________________________________________ _________________________________________________
E-mail:_________________________________________ _________________________________________________
Size: [S] [M] [L] [XL] [XXL] [XXXL] [S] [M] [L] [XL] [XXL]
Hotel Preference:
King / Queen bed [ ] or twon-beds [ ] non-smoking [ ] or smoking [ ]
Participating Vehicle:
Model:_________________________ Year:_______________ VIN:_______________________________
Engine size (cc):______________________ License Plate:_______________________________
Registration Fee:
Double Occupancy: Number:___________x $1,800 per person Total:$_____________________
Single Occupancy: Number:___________x $2,300 per person Total:$_____________________
Registrations must be received at the BMW V&CCCA Offi ce no later than November 1, 2009.
Registrations received without checks as specifi ed on reverse page cannot be processed. 
Overnight digs for 6 of the 7 nights during the Holiday will be this 
very elegant (and totally atypical) Hampton Inn in downtown Saratoga 
Springs, with underground parking for our toys.
Display of some of the 100+ BMWs during the 2012 Vintage at Saratoga 
Springs weekend in July 2012
This former bottling plant for the healing waters of Saratoga Springs was converted 
to the Saratoga Springs Automobile Museum 10 years ago, and will host a special 
BMW exhibit from May 3 to Nov. 3, 2013.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum was the site for the CCA’s Patroons’ 2012 Vintage 
at Saratoga car show on July 14. direction to Cooperstown, NY where 
Holiday participants will have an 
opportunity to visit the Baseball Hall of 
Fame after lunch at the splendid Otesaga 
Hotel. The group will return to Saratoga 
Springs in time for our final banquet.
Saturday, October 19 – The Holiday ends 
following breakfast.
Participation in the Club Holiday 2013 is open to all 
members of the BMW V&CCCA and of the BMW 
CCA with BMW cars or BMW motorcycles (or 
BMW-engined cars such as EMWs, Bristols, Verits, 
etc.) at least 25 years old, plus Z1s, Z8s and 8-Series 
Participation will be limited to a maximum of 35 teams.
The cost per person will be $1,800 for double hotel 
room occupancy and $2,400 per person for single 
This cost includes seven overnight accommodations 
(in Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid), three lunches 
(at Lime Rock, at Lake George and in Cooperstown), 
six dinners (October 17 being the only exception), tour 
documentation and souvenirs.
Anyone interested in joining the Club Holiday 2013 
is requested to return the completed registration form 
with a deposit of $500 to Goetz E. Pfafflin at the BMW 
V&CCCA by November 1, 2012.
Any questions: Contact Goetz E. Pfafflin at (303) 300-9946 
 or [cell] (303) 808-9135 or goetzpfafflin@msn.com
Track laps at Lime Rock were a great attraction during the Labor Day 
Weekend stop-over of the 2004 BMW V&CCCA Marathon, and will be 
a part of the Club Holiday in 2013
On Thursday, October 17, we will travel to 
Lake George, where the Sagamore Resort in 
Bolton Landing will serve us lunch aboard 
the Resort’s boat, the “Morgan”, during a 
2 1/2 hour cruise on Lake George. On the 
right: Lake George with the “Morgan” at the 
bottom right. Above: the “Morgan” at the 
1. Conditions for Participation: Any 
BMW automobiles and motorcycles 
as well as BMW derived or BMWengined cars such as EMW, Veritas, 
Fraser-Nash and certain models of 
Bristol, at least 25 years old, are qualified to participate in The Club Holiday.
The driver must be a member of the 
BMW V&CCCA or of an affiliated 
Club such as the BMW CCA, or any 
other BMW club recognized by the 
International Council of BMW Clubs.
2. Registration: Because of the need 
for early hotel reservations along the 
route registrations must be received by 
the BMW V&CCCA by November 1, 
2012. Confirmed hotel reservations are 
required at the hotels The Club Holiday 
will be visiting as much as one year 
prior to our tour.
Registrations received without a downpayment of US $500 per team cannot 
be considered.
The registration fee for the Expedition 
is US $1,800.- per person for doubleoccupancy (US $2,400.- for singleoccupancy) and covers the following:
• 7 over-night accommodations, 
including secure underground hotel 
parking in Saratoga Springs
• 6 dinners 
• 3 lunches
• 7 breakfasts
• A number of sightseeing 
tours and museum tickets in Saratoga 
• Roadbook, tour decals, souvenirs
3. Payment Options: Payment can 
be made in the form of a U.S. Dollar 
check made out in favor of the BMW 
V&CCCA as indicated on the back 
page of this flyer / registration form, or 
by transfer of corresponding Euros into 
the Club’s Euro account:
IBAN: DE70260500010160037180
Bank Account Number / Kontonummer: 0160037180
Bank Routing Number / Bankleitzahl: 26050001
Account Name / Kontoname: 
Goetz-Eberhard Pfafflin
Bank / Bank: Sparkasse Göttingen
4. Roadworthiness: Each participant is personally responsible for the 
roadworthiness of his / her vehicle. 
The Club Holiday organizers will not 
be responsible or liable for any defects 
or breakdowns of a vehicle, or the 
registrant’s inability to continue The 
Holiday. - No refunds will be granted 
in the event of a registrant’s inability to 
5. Liability Waiver: The General 
Conditions published in the road book 
will apply. Please be reminded that by 
submitting an application for participation in The Club Holiday tour, each 
applicant has expressly waived his / 
her right, as well as the right of his / 
her dependents and estates, to any legal 
recourse against the organizer, against 
any other participants and co-drivers of 
third vehicles participating in the event, 
against any authorities or sponsors 
associated with the event, regarding 
any accident, injury, loss or damage in 
connection with The Holiday.
6. Technical Inspection: There will be 
no technical inspection of the vehicles; 
however the Organizer reserves the 
right to disqualify vehicles with obviously major shortcomings.
7. Service: As we will be travelling 
through well developed parts of the 
states of New York and Connecticut 
with service facilities never very far 
away, there will be no service vehicle 
following the tour participants. 
8. Daily Routes and Schedules: Your 
road books will contain details about 
the daily routes, including maps and 
suggested departure and arrival times. 
9. Point-System and Awards: As this 
Club Holiday tour is not being organized as a timed-distance rally, but 
rather a touristic undertaking, there 
will be no demerit points recorded for 
departures or arrivals outside the suggested time windows. 
10. Baggage: Participants are encouraged to plan their baggage around the 
trunk capacities of their tour vehicles. 
If anyone needs assistance with baggage, due to limited trunk space (such 
as in pre-war cars or Z1s), arrangements will be made for assistance from 
participants with larger vehicles. There 
will be no separate luggage vehicle.
11. Additional Information / Clarifications: Prior to the start of The Club 
Holiday additional information and 
answers to Registrants’ questions will 
be issued through a continuing series 
of INFO-Letters.
12. Cancellation Options: As the 
required down payment from the 
participants is going directly to nonrefundable down-payments to hotels, a 
great deal of thought has been given to 
how to best protect your interests with 
regard to your pre-payments in the 
event of a later cancellation.
12.1 Trip Cancellation 
Insurance is available to cover this 
exposure. Click on “trip cancellation insurance” on Google, and 
you’ll find a number of providers. 
(I purchased such insurance for 
a Baltic cruise I booked last year 
for August 2012 from American 
12.2 If cancellation due to 
unforeseen circumstances occurs 
prior to Dec.1, 2012 the BMW 
V&CCCA will refund everything 
but $250. If cancellation occurs 
between Dec. 1, 2012 and March 
15, 2013, the BMW V&CCCA 
will retain the $500 down payment. After March 15, 2013 no 
cancellations can be accepted.
12.3 The cancellation risks 
of initially $250 (through Dec. 1, 
2012), then $500 (from Dec. 2, 
2012 through March 15, 2013) 
and ultimately the entire fee would 
be waived in their entirety if the 
registrant who needs to cancel for 
any reason arranges for a qualified 
replacement participant.REGISTRATION FORM
BMW V&CCCA Club Holiday 2013
[also referred to as “The Club Holiday” and “The 
Please return Registration Form with deposit to:
BMW Vintage & Classic Car Club of America
c/o Goetz E. Pfafflin
4862 Silver Sage Court
Boulder, CO 80301
Fax: +1 303 757-3234 goetzpfafflin@msn.com 
Driver: Co-driver:
Name:____________________________________________ __________________________________________________
Given Name:_______________________________________ __________________________________________________
Birth Date:_________________________________________ _________________________________________________
Street:____________________________________________ __________________________________________________
City-State-ZIP:_____________________________________ __________________________________________________
Home Phone:______________________________________ __________________________________________________
Mobile Phone:______________________________________ __________________________________________________
Fax:______________________________________________ __________________________________________________
E-mail:___________________________________________ __________________________________________________
Garment Size: [S] [M] [L] [XL] [XXL] [XXXL] [S] [M] [L] [XL] [XXL] [XXXL]
Hotel Preference: King / Queen bed [ ] or twin-beds [ ] non-smoking [ ] or smoking [ ]
Registration Fee:
Per person / double occupancy: [ ] US $1,800.
Per person / single occupancy: [ ] US $2,400.
Number of participants:________________________
Total Registration Fee: US $____________
Deposit due with Registration ($500.- per team)
Balance due by March 15, 2013 US$_____________ 
Participating Vehicle:
Make & Model:_______________________ Year:_______________________ 
Displacement (cc):_________________ License Plate Number and State, Province or Country:_________________________
_______________________ _______________________ ______________
 Signature of Registrant Location Date
For alternate payment arrangements see paragraph #3 “Terms and Conditions”

Don't forget to check out Parts I and II:


Do yourself a favor.... put on the headphones, crank up the volume, and enjoy!

Calling All Baurs! Part I of a Triple Whammy!

This is big, folks!

First there is this:

BMW to be Featured at Saratoga Automotive Museum

BMW History and Heritage on four wheels and two on display from May – November, 2013

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 8, 2013… BMW’s rich heritage will be showcased at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in an exhibition called “BMW – The Ultimate Driving Machine.” The exhibition, which will feature a retrospective of BMW cars and motorcycles, will run from May 6 – November 3, 2013. The array of BMW automobiles will include road cars and race cars, both from the modern era, as well as pre-war. The exhibition will also celebrate 90 Years of BMW Motorcycles.

“This exhibition at the Saratoga Automotive Museum will provide visitors a great look at BMW’s long heritage and provide a sense of how the company has evolved to become the leading premium automobile and motorcycle manufacturer in the world,” said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America. “It will also show just how integral motorsports has been throughout the company’s history.”

“This exhibit looks to be one of the best we’ve ever had at the Museum,” said Museum Chairman Charlie Montano. “ Working with BMW to create this one of a kind auto experience in upstate New York was thrilling,” continued Exhibit Committee Chair Alan Rosenblum. Exhibit Committee member Bob Bailey added “Both BMW of North America and our local dealer, Keeler Motor Car have contributed hours of time, effort and resources to make this a reality”.

The display of BMW automobiles will feature the marque’s most renowned prewar model, the BMW 328. The 328 dominated the racing scene in the late 1930s and early 1940s and will be shown both in road form as well as a custom-bodied 328MM, prepared for the Mille Miglia, one of the most vaunted endurance races of its day. The 1950s saw BMW produce such divergent models as the Isetta “bubble” car as well as the 507 Roadster, designed by Count Albrecht Goertz. The exhibition will include the spiritual successor to the 507, the BMW Z8 which arrived in 2000 – 45 years after the 507.

For many, the car that put BMW on the map in the US was the 2002, which received wide-spread media attention, including a review in the April 1968 edition of “Car and Driver” entitled “Turn Your Hymnal to 2002”. The higher-performance 2002tii, introduced in 1972, will be featured.

On March 21, 1975 just days after BMW of North America was founded as a subsidiary of BMW, a BMW 3.0 CSL won the 12 Hours of Sebring at the hands of Brian Redman, Sam Posey, Hans Stuck and Alan Moffat. A 3.0 CSL similar to that Sebring-winning car will be included. That car was fourth of four factory FIA Group 2 CSL cars built for 1973 German Touring Car Championship. Dieter Quester and Toine Hezemans won the European Sedan Championship with this car in 1973. It is thought to be the car that won the 24 Hrs of Spa (1973) with Quester and Hezemans driving. It was sold to John Buffam (US) in December 1973 and by Hurtig Team Libra in the 1974 season. The car is currently owned and made available to the museum by Scott Hughes.

BMW’s racing success continued in the 1970s with the BMW 320 Turbo with which driver David Hobbs scored four wins in 1977-78 in the IMSA GT series. It was powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine capable of 600 horsepower. That engine was the test-bed for the 1,200 hp engine that powered Nelson Piquet to the Formula One World Championship in 1983. Many current BMW models are powered by the latest-generation of 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine that combines a unique blend of performance and efficiency.

Today, BMW M is widely recognized as the pinnacle of performance but in the 1980s, it was all new. One of the first M cars to arrive in the US was the 1988 M5. It was based on the second-generation BMW 5 Series Sedan and powered by 3.5-liter inline six similar to the engine used in the M1 super car.

The second generation BMW M5 stunned the racing world when the large four-door Sedan took to the track in the IMSA Super Car series… and won! A mate to the car that David Donohue drove to the 1994 Super Car Championship will be part of the exhibition.

The mid-1990s also saw the introduction of the second generation BMW M3, which will be featured. The BMW M3 took to the track in the US in 1995 and began an era of motorsports success that lasted for more than 15 years and spanned three generations of M3. In fact one of BMW M3 GTs, which competed in the American LeMans Series from 2009 – 2012, will also be on display.

BMW’s two-wheeled heritage will also be a key part of the exhibition. “BMW’s motorcycle heritage dates back even farther than its automotive heritage,” stated Peter Nettesheim, renowned BMW motorcycle collector, curator of the motorcycle portion of the exhibit, and operator of the Nettesheim Museum in Huntington, New York. In 2013 the company celebrates 90 years of BMW Motorcycles. In the 1920s BMW quickly earned a reputation for speed and reliability. The use of an opposing-twin “boxer” engine and shaft drive, unique in those early days, remains in use today on many models of BMW Motorcycles. The exhibit will feature three motorcycles from the 1920s including a 1925 R32, the first model, as well as a 1928 R63, featuring a 750 cc engine and a 1929 R62 Touring model which established BMW’s reputation for producing motorcycles ideally suited to long distance travel, a reputation that remains to this day. 1929 saw the first racing championships for BMW on two-wheels, a trend that continues to this day.
Also featured will be a 1931 R16 and a 1934 R11 with a stamped-steel frame. One highlight of the exhibition will be an unrestored military 1942 R12 found in a barn in France.

A 1955 R25/3 featuring a very economical single-cylinder engine is an example of a model best suited for a recovering post WWII Germany. Throughout its history BMW motorcycles have gained a solid reputation for authority use, even here in the United States. A 1969 R60/2 German "Polizei" police motorcycle will represent an earlier example.

BMW Motorcycles have been widely known for their two-cylinder engines, a legacy which continues to this day. A later example can be seen in the R100RT on display.

Innovation is every-bit a hallmark for BMW Motorcycles as it is for BMW automobiles. In the 1980s BMW gained a reputation for the performance and smoothness of its 4-cylinder motorcycle engines. In 1989, BMW became the first manufacturer to offer ABS brakes on a motorcycle. In the same year, BMW also introduced the K1, it was the most aerodynamic motorcycle on the road, which will also be seen in the exhibit. That innovation can be seen today with BMW’s first-ever super bike, the S1000RR.

About the Saratoga Automobile Museum

The Saratoga Automobile Museum is a not-for-profit education institution located in Saratoga Springs, New York and dedicated to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day and closed on Mondays after Labor Day. For additional information, visit www.saratogaautomuseum.org.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 116 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:

Journalist note: Information about BMW and its products in the USA is available to journalists on-line at www.bmwusanews.com


Then this:

Followed by this:


Do yourself a favor.... put on the headphones, crank up the volume, and enjoy!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter From Baurspotting!

Happy Easter!

posted by Scott S.;  Sarah Forrester, artist, doodle of a 1972 2002tii.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

BMW Baur Cabrio Targa on ebay!

BMW Baur Cabrio Targa on ebay!

No affiliation, etc.

US $55.00


1/43 NEO SCALE MODELS BMW 2002 (E10) BAUR - SILVER COLOR. Comes mounted on original display case with cover, and printed with the car's model name.
MIB condition.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

TC2 Baur Kingston MA for sale on EBay!

Thanks to Paul M in Kingston MA for sending me this link today

1985 E30 BMW 323i Baur TC.  Condition is poor.  It was originally owned by the son of the Prince Spaghetti founder.  It was then imported from Germany to my father.  He used it for about 10 years.  It did not pass inspection in 2001 and was left outside covered for approximately 3 years until the cover disintegrated.  The car was then left in the weather from about 2004 until now.  The rear plastic window collapsed allowing water in through the opening.  The interior needs to be completely redone.  The hood is dented in the front by the emblem and the grill is missing. Everything seems to be falling apart but the frame still seems to be in good condition.  On the positive side the engine only has 70K, the frame of the Baur top and its components seem to be in working order, the LED sensor display seems to be in a good shape, the rims are in good shape, all the headlight and tail lights look ok, it has the chrome bumpers, and it has a custom wood steering wheel and shifter.  Would make a good project car or can be salvaged for parts.  I do know it is a very rare car.  I read somewhere that only 200 of the Baur TC versions of the 323i were made in 1985.  I was offered 1k for the car but figured I would list it to see if I could get more.  Bank check or Cash accepted and will only deliver within 50 Miles of Kingston MA for $200. Otherwise will have to be picked up.


Somebody grab this!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Crazy Car Parade

Thinking of doing some custom mods to your ride to make it a little.... distinctive?  You know, something that may ...er... turn a few heads at the next Bimmerfest or Vintage show.

Here are a few ideas for your consideration.

A little over the top, perhaps?   Well, fear not.  Here are some other ideas that might be more suitable for what you had in mind.

Or not! 




Hurricane Sandy 1, VW Cabrio 0

Thanks to 1972_Targa in 2002FAQ for this link.  Thanks, Paul!  Be sure to check out the slide show at the end!

Personally, I much prefer this kind of an ending to the story, rather than what happened to this poor VW Cabrio:


Anyway, here is the story.....

Not Just a Car. A Storm Victim, Too.

Adieu to a Beloved VW: Thousands of cars were flooded with saltwater in Hurricane Sandy, including the VW Cabrio owned by Michael Winerip of the Times. He sadly follows this family treasure on its trip to the crusher.
LONG BEACH, N.Y. — My dear, fun 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio — my black convertible summer car, the car that carried the family’s surfboards and bikes, that on warm nights with the top down, I’d take for moonlight drives along Jones Beach — was pronounced dead on Feb. 21 at the Alliance Auto Parts salvage yard at 50-16 72nd Street in Woodside, Queens, one more victim of Hurricane Sandy.
Cause of death: inundation by salt water.
 The car was flooded in our driveway on the night of Oct. 29, when four feet of ocean breached the dune that had long served as our flood barrier and surged down our street.
It lingered for nearly four months. The first week after the storm, the Cabrio drove fine. I thought I’d dodged a bullet, and then one thing after another stopped working — the radio, the pump that lowered and raised the top, the heater fan ...
Not long after, the insurance company told me they were going to total it, and I decided to follow the car each step of the way to its end, wherever that took me.
I wanted to answer a question as old as the gas engine: Exactly where do flooded cars go to die?
There had been news reports of cars being taken to the Midwest for resale or turning up on eBay, and I wanted to see if mine would be given a proper send-off. That was why on Nov. 30 I rode with John Cohen, owner of Countywide Towing Enforcement, who was contracted by State Farm to tow the Cabrio from our driveway to an impound yard in Medford, on Long Island, an hour’s ride away. There it joined thousands of flooded cars — total losses as far as the eye could see, all waiting to be auctioned.
Usually, cars in these wrecking yards arrive smashed up. After Sandy, things had changed: Mr. Cohen, 49, has been towing most of his adult life and was struck by how normal the flooded cars looked.
Salt water is a hidden killer.
With the help of State Farm, I tracked the Cabrio when it was sold to the highest bidder, Sal Ingardia, general manager of Alliance. And I was there on Feb. 21, when Wilson Mora, one of Alliance’s dismantlers, removed the battery and gas tank.
“Once the battery’s out, no electrical,” Mr. Ingardia said. “Once the gas tank’s out, no gas. The car is dead.”
At 1:09 p.m., after a considerable struggle, Mr. Mora yanked out the battery and then, using a crowbar the size of Mario Andretti, pried the gas tank loose. “That’s it,” Mr. Ingardia said, and peering into the dislodged gas tank, he noted, “It was full.”
Exact time of death: 1:23 p.m.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates that 250,500 cars were lost in Sandy, and this is the story of one of no particular importance — except that it was mine. The Cabrio was a bitty thing, born with just 4 cylinders and weighing but 2,838 pounds, assembled at a factory in Puebla, Mexico, according to its window sticker, with a transmission that had been shipped from Germany. It entered this country through the Port of Boston, known only by its vehicle identification number, 3VWDC21VX2M807914, (or 807914 for short).
 The sticker price was $23,825. I bought it three years ago, with 137,526 miles, for $3,300.
It was the family’s happy times car. The best thing by far: it was a convertible. I drove it mostly around town, top down, radio up. It didn’t use a lot of gas. Even food shopping was more enjoyable in a convertible — so easy to toss grocery bags in the back seat.
I can’t say that it made me feel young, but I did feel better about being old.
I never washed it, and it still looked black.
At first my three teenage sons made fun of me. They said it was a girl’s car, but before long, they were asking to borrow it. “Please Dad, come on Dad, we love you Dad, we promise, we’ll keep it good, Dad, we swear Dad, next time we won’t throw our empty Busch Lights in the back, not a drop will be spilled Dad, we won’t even leave the surfboard wax on the hood, Dad, never again, no way.”
I figured if it survived my sons, it would live forever.
The night of the storm, it did not occur to me to park it on high ground. We’d lived on the beach for 30 years, through several hurricanes, and never had trouble.