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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Paul Walker's AHG M1 on eBay!

Thanks to Andrew W. for the heads up on this listing!!

Here is your chance to get that M1 that you have always wanted!  ;)  Paul Walker's M! is on eBay!  And don't forget:
This is a Baur!   "1978 - 1981 Final assembly and completion of the BMW M1" ----Baur Chronology*

VIN: WBS00000094301090
Mileage: 6,760Engine: V8 GasDrive: Rear Wheel Driv

About this vehicle:

Very rare opportunity to own a piece of motorsports history. This is one of only 10 examples of the AHG version of the BMW M1. It features M1 Procar-style body work, upgraded horsepower at 350 and tri-color livery. This vehicle is all original and unrestored with no aftermarket parts or upgrades. Specs and features include a 350 bhp, 3,453 cc M88 DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear dual A-arm independent suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel disc brakes. BMW Motorsport initially planned to build enough M1s to meet the regulation for Group 5; however, rule changes by Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) required a minimum of 400 examples be built to meet Group 4 regulations before the car could be homologated for Group 5. Rather than delay their racing program, BMW decided to create a one-make series while they continued further development. The Procar Championship was announced in the spring of 1978, along with the official unveiling of the M1 road car.  While the Procar series only lasted two seasons, from 1979 to 1980, its popularity was undeniable. With their flared fenders, imposing front spoiler, massive rear wing, and incredible power, the M1’s presence on the race track left a lasting impression.
In 1982, after the series ended and production for the M1 was completed, Peter Gartemann, the president and owner of the German BMW dealer AHG, had the brilliant idea of creating a limited-design study that was based on the look of the Procar M1s but was intended for the street. This option, which was open to well-to-do BMW customers, involved having the AHG Motorsport division take an owner’s standard road going M1 and transform it into the ultimate Procar-style street fighter. From the outside, the changes are clearly apparent, but the modifications didn’t simply end with the race-inspired body.

The AHG M1 Studie cars received adjustable racing suspension and three-piece 16-inch BBS wheels, which were 8-inches wide up front and 9-inches wide at the rear. The engine was duly uprated to 350 horsepower and mated to a special racing clutch and a new exhaust system, to fall in line with the M1’s new looks. The car was still very much intended for the street, as its interior was swathed in leather and the stereo system was enhanced with additional speakers. However, it wasn’t the menacing body or the upgraded trim that made these cars truly unique. AHG commissioned the renowned German paint shop of Hermann Altmiks to finish each M1 in a unique scheme per the customer’s request. This particular M1 started life much like any other standard version. According to BMW Classic, chassis 4301090 was built in 1979 and delivered on August 30 of that year to BMW dealer Schneider in Bielefeld, Germany. The M1 Studie package was added to the car, even though the cost was prohibitively expensive, and as the modifications were TÜV-certified in Germany, they required extensive testing and approvals, which only added to the cost of development. Allegedly, it was the rear spoiler that was the costliest part to get approved. Due to the limited nature of the AHG package, it is believed that only 10 such examples were created, with each one unique in their own right. Please call 1-800-730-MOTOR for more details and pricing. 


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**Although the M1 was formally announced soon after (January 1978), Lamborghini’s imminent bankruptcy finally forced BMW to cancel its contract on April 20, 1978. Under a new plan, Marchese would build the car's tube frame, TIR would mold the fiberglass, and then Ital Design would mate the two and install the interior. The cars would then be shipped from Italy to Stuttgart, where Baur, long a builder of BMW production prototypes, would in­stall the BMW hardware. BMW Motor­sports would do the final preparation in Munich—in fact, the car would carry a BMW Motorsports manufacturing plate.

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Thank you, Andrew!  

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