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, May 29, 2017

UPDATE: Small Baur World Department!! Some Assembly Required 1969 BMW 1600 Voll Cabriolet in San Anselmo

UPDATE May 29 2017:  Small Baur World Department!*  

This is an update to our post last night entitled:  "Some Assembly Required Department:  1969 BMW 1600 Voll Cabriolet project - $5000 (san anselmo)"

I received the following message from our friend and fellow Baur owner, John Margherita, late last night:

Pretty sure I owned that car 25 years ago. The one car I'm sorry I ever sold.

Here's is a picture from the day I sold it in 1992. I sold to a guy in San Anselmo CA and took a partial trade for a 1974 2002tii.
Really sad to see it in this condition. Wish I was still on the west coast."

"This is the buyer driving it away."  25 years ago! 

I sent John the following:
 "Amazing, John! Please let me know what you find out. I am revising the Baurspotting blog post to include this info as we speak! I will await verification.... hopefully he will respond in a timely manner."

And I awoke this morning to find this message from John:
"Verified! Here is his response:"

Hi John, 
Yes, this is the car I bought from you.
I had a great run with the car for the first 10 years I had it. It was getting pretty shaky on the bumps so I bought a car with a rust free floor pan and had an excellent body guy doing the work until he got sick.
There is a bmw guy I met last year who may undertake the rebuild that thinks someone named Misha owned this car and says it had a musical history. I don't recall anything you mentioned about that when I bought it. Thought of trying to contact you but you beat me to it. 
Wish me and the car luck. If you want to undertake the job, let me know and I'll sell it to you. No one has fully committed at this point.

Small Baur World, indeed! Thank you, John! 

And there may be more!  "Misha"..... who could this Misha be?  Well, it occurred to me that I had heard that name before.....Mikhail Baryshnikov was known as "Misha'. That might be worth looking into. Just saying'.  ;)   

We are actively seeking any info on the Provenance of this Baur Voll Convertible! 

So stay tuned, folks!  

Here is the link to our previous post on this Baur, posted yesterday.

UPDATE to the Update!  11am May 29, 2017.  John M.just posted this message in Facebook, regarding the speculation around "Misha":

"Nope. I knew the Misha he asked about. Guy named Misha Sky from San Mateo CA. He had a red Baur 1600 as well. Don't know what happened to it. I bought mine from a guy who drove it from Colorado to San Francisco.
Here's what it looked like when I got it in 1988."

Oh, well, so it isn't Baryshnikov, but still a great story!  A Small Baur World blast from the past!  Thank you, John!  I love this stuff!  ;)   

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