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, July 20, 2014

Baur-Type Jaguar Targa Cabriolet

Thanks to my friend, Mike E., up in the Puget Sound Region for the heads up on this little beauty!

OK, ready?

Fixed windows, check!

Removable targa top, check!

Soft fold down rear top, check!

Built-in roll bar, check!

A Baur by any other name, would still smell as sweet!

Try to find a 1985 jaguar full Cabriolet.  You won't find one.  Why?  For the same reason you wont find any other factory cabriolets!  This Jaguar's design is the Jaguar response to the same exact problem that BMW responded to with the Baurs:  there was a perception that convertibles were going to be banned for safety reasons in those days.  "Unsafe in a rollover"  And what do you see as the most prominent feature in the pic above..... just as you see it as a prominent feature in the BMW Baur Top cabriolets:  fixed windows and a built in roll bar..... it is actually  more  of a cage..... in response to the 'unsafe in a rollover'  issue.  The BMW Baurs, and this Jag also, are historical artifacts of that period in automotive history when there was widespread concern that many governments, including the US Govt, were going to ban convertibles!  That is the 'raison d'etre' of the Baur Top Cabriolet design, and this jaguar cabriolet, as well!

This is the  "1985 Rare Jaguar XJ SC 3.6 5-Speed Cabriolet Targa Top XJS ". Check it out!

Here is the text from the ad:
"Beautiful Sage Green 1985 Jaguar XJ-SC 3.6 5-Speed Cabriolet Targa Top in very good condition. Showing just 63,700 documented miles from new .

The car is an absolute pleasure to drive and with the factory Getrag 5 speed manual gearbox makes it a very rare car with very few others like it in the USA (maybe 5 or 6). Try and find another. The 3.6 engine is an excellent performer and the lighter motor results in much better handling than the heavy V12 models. It is also a great long distance cruiser and is light on fuel too! The car is in original condition. Clean clear California title.

Complete history, owners manuals and original tools go with the car.
I believe these 5- speed models will grow tremendously in value. Rarity of any car always results in great value, especially if its a Jag!

A great looking, rare low milage example, sheer driving pleasure. This car will not disappoint and you will have purchased an investment at the same time!

Interested parties please e-mail all inquires with valid local phone number & e-mail address for a prompt response.


Wow!  Great find, Mike!  Thank you!

Mike, btw, is also associated with the LeMay Family Collection in Tacoma, WA, which has just added an E30 TC2 Baur to their collection!

For Sale in Carlsbad, CA!

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