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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

1985 Baur with S50 swap on eBay!

As you loyal readers may be aware, my computer died a couple of weeks ago.  I am now back up and running on a new iMac, and I am gradually learning how to use it.  I love it, btw, but it is a bit of an adjustment from the old PC format that I am familiar with.  So I am trying to do a little 'catch-up' with some information that I have not had the chance to get to since the demise of my old Dell computer.

Thank you for your patience and indulgence!

OK this one came up back in July on ebay, and it looks like it was sold.  Who bought it?  :)

1985 BMW Baur TC2 convertible with S50 M3 engine conversion

You read that right:  S50 M3 conversion!  ;)

Here are the sellers comments:

1985 BMW Baur TC2 convertible with S50 M3 engine conversion
The car is being listed on behalf of a private collector who is scaling down a collection of rare automobiles.  The vehicle is located in Los Angeles California and carries a clean and clear California title. The vehicle was not first sold in the US being a personal import from Germany, hence ebay is not able to access the VIN vehicle history. 
An original European specification 318 convertible built by Baur Coachworks of Stuttgart for BMW in 1985. The car has been professionally converted to a full S50 M3 ( E36 ) drivetrain.
Triple black with clean black bodywork and matching mohair top. The body work appears to have been repainted in the original color at some time; it is very presentable but does have minor flaws in the paint and body.  The top is undamaged and shows very little wear, the rear window appears to be new. Exterior details such as the bumpers and trim are naturally European specification. A new set of aftermarket alloy wheels with new tires were recently fitted to further enhance the appearance.  All glass and exterior trim are in good condition, there appear to be no items missing.
The interior is very clean and is finished in factory sports trim. Power windows and door locks, There is an updated Kenwood stereo installed with a new headunit and speakers along with a comprehensive security system.  Short throw shifter and M Sport steering wheel.
The engine and transmission are the M3 S50 and 5 speed ZF. There is also an M3 spec exhaust system fitted. The suspension is uprated with Eibach springs and gas shocks.
Overall the vehicle is cleaner than would be expected for a car of this age, the engine conversion is very well engineered and executed, it drives very well and as you might expect is extremely quick.
Given the extremely low production numbers for the Baur TC and the engine conversion, this car is believed to be unique.     
The auction is a seven day NO RESERVE sale, please have funds in place before you bid. Please feel free to ask any questions. Any inspection is welcomed.

On Jul-23-14 at 17:23:19 PDT, seller added the following information:

To address a few questions I have had concerning the vehicle,
The car is for sale locally and can be viewed by appointment, it will be sold to the first reasonable offer.
The car is a genuine Baur convertible made in Germany by Baur specifically for BMW. These cars were sold new through BMW dealerships in Europe. ( Please feel free to research the history of Baur Coachworks )    
The owner is willing to work with buyers from outside the USA. delivery to the port of Long Beach for export can be arranged if need be.    


It looks like it sold for $7600.  Does anyone know any of the details of the sale?  

Stay tuned!   

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