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, November 23, 2017

Baurspotting and David Cassidy

I only have one connection to David Cassidy, who passed away yesterday. Back around 1971-2, I was working nights for my Dad and hanging out in the daytime reading and playing chess on The Gam at Ocean Beach, a carefree, idyllic life. One afternoon on The Gam this little 5 or 6 year old boy approached me at my table, out of the blue, very shyly. He asked. "Are you David Cassidy?" I could see his parents, smiling, and looking on about 10 feet away. I apparently had the same long hair style that Cassidy was sporting.... although I never thought there was really any resemblance. So, I looked up, gave a wink to his parents, and asked him if he could keep a secret. In all the earnestness that a 5 year old could muster, he said 'yes'". So I said, "Yes, I am David Cassidy, but you mustn't tell anyone but your parents, OK? " His eyes opened wide, and he smiled. I shook his hand, and sent him back to his parents, totally elated. I waved and smiled to his folks and went back to reading my book. They were all smiles at this point, and they left, satisfied that their son had met 'David Cassidy', incognito. Was that wrong?   Apologies to David Cassidy, I never told him about this. RIP. I don't really see the resemblance, but.... whatever.   Oh, and just to be clear, I am the guy in the second pic, on my Wedding Day.   Just in case you are not sure which pic is me.  

RIP David Cassidy.  

Happy Thanksgiving From Baurspotting!

As a public service, and in the interest of keeping everyone safe, even my non-car guy-type friends, here is a Pro Tip on how to cook that Turkey safely today! Happy Thanksgiving! 😉. http://baurspotting.blogspot.com/2015/11/repost-car-guy-plan-for-safe.html?m=0

Thinking about frying a turkey for Thanksgiving?  Stay safe and remember to follow Mr. Natch's advice!

Happy Thanksgiving!  ;) 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

1982 320/6 In Ireland For Sale! Baur #4095

Thanks to our friend and fellow Baur owner, the indefatigable Barry Foley, for the heads up on the 1982 320 automatic for sale on Done Deal in ireland!  Baur #4095.  it is already listed in both International Baur Registries, btw.  

Key Info

Overview and Description
  • MakeBMW
  • Model320
  • Year1982
  • Mileage86,349 mi
  • Fuel TypePetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Body TypeCoupe
  • Engine Size2.0 litre
BMW 320 baur convertible 2.0 l 6 cylinder carburettor engine running well. Needs some welding in the boot but chassis,bulkhead,underneath of car,inner wings and shock tops are all good,interior and folding roof are pretty good.this car is 35 years old and needs some restoration work so it's not immaculate but it's a very good starting point

Good luck with the sale!

Thank you, Barry!  


Belgian TC1 Baur For Sale!

Congratulations to Jimmy Verschaeren and welcome to Baurspotting!  Jimmy contacted me today in response to our post about Andreas Therstappen's Baur #000001 appearing at a show in Brussels this weekend.  Our friend Andreas, you may recall, owns both the Alpha and the Omega of the E21 Baurs:  #000001 and #004595!  Jimmy is also located in Belgium. 

Here are the pics that Jimmy sent today:

His Baur is very similar to Baur #000001, as you can see!  

And.... it is for sale!  Contact Jimmy on Facebook for details! He posted on this page: 

More pics from the Baur Registries:  

Welcome to Baurspotting, Jimmy!  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Small Baur World: Crossing "The Pond" Department!

UPDATE:  753PM November 12, 2017:  Alexandre just responded to this post in Facebook:  "Alexandre Hohagen This is amazing. And the story about how I got the car is even better. Browsing the internet in a sleepless night. Found your website. Saw the car. Fell in love and due to time difference called the previous owner in the middle of my night. I wanted to move fast. So I reached out to a fellow Brazilian friend who works in Dublin. He went there, took pictures and a video. I bought the car and only saw it for the first time when it arrived here in Miami. Nothing like a connected world. Thank you all!!!"
It is a wonderful Small Baur World, indeed!  ;) 

Well, our friend, Baurspotter extraordinaire Bob Kaufmann, has done it again!  Earlier this week he sent me another link to a Baur that was posted in the 2002 Facebook page.  I have a had a very busy week, and I have been fighting a nasty cold, so I didn't get to look at it until today. Alexandre Hohagen posted some pics of his beautiful, recently-acquired 2002 Cabrio Targa by Baur, with the following comment:
  "This is my 1973 BMW 2002 Targa Baur RHD. Any other RHD Targa in the US?!"

I responded to his inquiry:   Yes, Alexandre, there is at least one other RHD Cabrio Targa that I know of: a green one in Southern California. Probably more, but I can't think of any off the top of my head! Welcome!   
I shared his post to Facebook Baurspotting, as always, and received the following response from Alexandre:  Alexandre Hohagen Thank you so much for the warm welcome. And also thanks to you I found this RHD in the countryside of Ireland. I'm now located in Miami!

Naturally, that comment ('thanks to you') aroused my curiosity!  So I did a little search of the Baurspotting files, and BINGO!  I found it!  it was listed in Ireland in a Baurspotting post back in April 2015, thanks to another Baurspotter Extraordinaire, Barry M. Foley! You can see the original post here*:   Small Baur World once again!  And this time it involves a Baur that started out in ireland, and has now ended up in Miami, FL USA!  It is a Small "Cross The Pond' Baur World!  I love it!  

But wait!  There is more!  Our friend and fellow Baur owner Dirk de Goen also played a role in this@**

**I mentioned above that Dirk de Groen also played a role in this.  In checking my files, I found that Dirk had given us a 'heads up' on a new Baur Cabrio Targa import,a while back although we did not have any other information at the time.... but, as it turns out.... this is the same Baur!  Here are the pics Dirk posted!  

Amazing work, Team Baur!  

Thank you, Bob Kaufmann, Barry M. Foley, Dirk de Groen and welcome to Baurspotting:  Alexandre Hohagen! 

And Congratulations to Team Baur! It is indeed a Small Baur World!  



*Original Baurspotting post on this Baur from 2015 in Ireland:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Welcome to Jason Wall, the New Owner of TC2 Baur 2989!

Congratulations and welcome to Jason Wall, the new owner of TC2 Baur #2989!  I received the following message from him tonight on the Baurspotting Facebook page:

 "Hey friends- I bought the Baur 323i that was on Bring a Trailer a few months back. Nice to discover a community for these cars. I look forward to sharing progress on the resto-mod I have planned. Nice to meet you all."

Lots more pics here:


Congratulations to Jason, and welcome to Baurspotting!  

Here are kinks to our previous posts on this Baur: