2020 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
1982 BMW 323i 'Baur' Convertible
|Engine||2.3 litre six-cylinder|
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Produced between 1975 and 1983, the E21-model BMW 3 Series was a breakthrough for the German marque, and established a model lineage that continues to this day. Replacing the highly-regarded (and now much sought after) 2002, the E21 was initially produced only as a two-door sedan with four-cylinder petrol engines. However, as its global popularity grew so too did the variants, with fuel-injected engines introduced in late 1975 and 6-cylinder engines added two years later. The E21’s crisp, clean lines, driver-oriented ‘cockpit’ interior and high standards of engineering and build quality were much admired in period, and continue to be today. Four door sedan and wagon bodies would have to wait until the E30 model of 1982, however a cabriolet body style – manufactured by Baur— was produced in limited numbers. The Baur was both well designed and well-engineered, its cabriolet design with central T-bar roof offering good rollover protection whilst delivering that all-important wind-in-the-hair experience. The E21 3 Series TC1 was built with full factory authorization, and covered under the factory warranty. Appreciation for these coach-built BMWs has increased significantly in recent years and the Baurs have now become both desirable and collectible.