Wednesday, March 13, 2013

10k: Baur Targaroo; 1982 BMW 323i Baur Targa Convertible

We've all seen what Karosserie Baur did to countless defenseless BMW 2002s, but what we didn't know is that the heinous hack jobs continued into the '80s!  Okay, to be fair, Karosserie Baur has a long résumé of coach building, including manufacture of the Porsche 959 supercar and the Baur Targa design maintains most of the original chassis rigidity by keeping the vehicle's original roof frame intact...but the aesthetics take some getting used to.  Find this 1982 BMW E21 323i Baur Targa located in Australia for the asking price of $10,000 AUD (or $10,316 USD) via

According to the internet legend there were only 82 of these E21 TC1 Baur Targas exported down under, which makes this quasi-convertible as rare as a fresh fillet of kangaroo roadkill.  It is equipped with a 2.3 liter inline 6 that pumps out 147 horsepower and should make a decent driver when mated to the 5 speed manual transmission.

Another view of the 323i shows the car with the top down, but it doesn't show the rear view that includes support structure.  So we've included a image from the single source of Baur Targa information on the web, the baurspotting blogspot website.

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The automatic windshield header mounted air duct design that blows rain away from the open roof is certainly an interesting way to try to keep an open car dry, and we're somewhat curious to see if it actually works.

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Above is a clear rear view of a Baur E21 in a lighter color with its top buttoned up. Gaze upon this half-drop-top in all of its awkward glory!

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  1. It probably was not by chance that the seller only included photos from the front. I'm just sayin'....


  2. ~ it is not an entirely awful execution though the later full convertible models, particularly those with a removable hardtop are on my top shelf. there was no full convertible available in the US back then.

    1. ~ one of my 1st cars was a Singer Gazelle ('59)in the parlance of the time, 'three position drop head coupe'. that meant top-up, top-down, and/or top half-up and/or top half-down. also shared by the Hillman Minx, and Sunbeam Rapier. i've appreciated targa body styles since.


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