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1991 BMW E30 318iS Baur Convertible - very, very rare! For Sale

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  • POA
  • 1991
  • Exeter
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Price POA
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make BMW
Model 3 Series
  318is Baur Convertible E30
Year 1991
Country UK
Region Devon
Town Exeter
Status Private
Date 18-Aug-2020
Ref C900024

This car will be a better investment than any pension!!?

A stunning, and extremely rare, genuine BMW E30 318iS Baur convertible with the absolutely superb M42 Engine.
[Right Red car in photo]
The vehicle is great, serviced and clean - a genuine BMW! It has been kept under cover for 5 years with annual servicing etc.
Vehicle H reg 1991.
Comes complete with tools, first aid box, glove torch [rare], leather tonneau cover and leather rear window cover [rare]. I also have an extremely rare matching [black] Baur rear hard-top available under separate negotiation. Only a handful of these were purchased with any E30 Baur globally!

If you're looking at this ad, you'll know this is a very rare car!
According to BMW, only 28 UK, RHD M42 engine E30 318iS' were ever ordered from Baur and (I believe), there are only 6 still registered!?

With reference to the photos - The BMW E30 318iS Baur for sale is the red car on the right as seen from the front. Note - The black E30 is now SOLD. [more photos available on request]
The other red one is a BMW E30 325i Baur. I could be talked into selling this one as well or both as a pair.
This vehicle is in fantastic mechanical condition and ready to go. It also has a factory, fully fitted AC system, a rare upgrade for any E30. These systems fetch a substantial sum standalone.

As stated, mechanically, they're great with only a few, common, bodywork sill issues and slight dash plastic split. The underside of the 318iS has been professionally treated, wax sealed + new clutch, radiator + timing chain analysis and tightening. Roofs of both Baurs are very good.

Both cars are dry stored in Devon and will come with a 12 month MoT.

So what is rare about this?
Well, Baurs are rare. They were very expensive and specific orders when made. The unit on offer here is one of the last RHD Baur versions available. When you combine this with an E30 318iS, you get one of only 28 RHD units of the 318iS ever commissioned in the UK. Only a single handful of these remain now!!

Some notes on general BMW Baur convertibles taken from the Internet below:

BMW didn't build a factory 3 series convertible until 1986. All E21 convertibles and all E30 convertibles prior to '86 were built by Baur. So, if you wanted a convertible you had to buy the two door 3 series of your choice and then pay a significant sum to Karrosserie Baur in Stuttgart, who have a long term relationship with BMW whereby BMW would guarantee Baur's work and your convertible would be as if it were delivered by the BMW factory.

The roof came off and a "targa" style affair was put in its place with a removable centre panel and a folding pram type rear section. There's even a bracket in the boot for stowing the panel.

The TC2 is really just exactly the same as the TC - as used on the E21. So, it makes the E30 look that little bit more "retro" in my view. Look at the Baur next to the factory convertible in the photos.

By the time of the E30 facelift in 1988, they were well established. The factory convertible virtually killed the Baur. Why would you spend significantly more and wait for delivery when you could buy a much better-looking factory car for much less and available from stock?

There are a couple of reasons. Despite its ground breaking and leading edge design and the praise heaped on it at the time for its saloon like driving qualities, the truth is, removing the roof, despite the strengthening undertaken, does compromise the "tightness" of the shell. While far better than any other full convertible of the time, the factory convertible still suffered from the dreaded scuttle shake. The Baur didn't. To get the folding roof mechanism completely hidden to give the pleasing aesthetics of the factory convertible with the roof down, the rear seats were compromised. Two children/small adults will be comfortable for a short time. The Baur retained its full rear seat. The factory convertible was only available in certain variants. The Baur could be ordered on any two door shell. There were a few 318iS Baurs as discussed and a number of M10 engined Baurs. There were no M10 engined factory convertibles. Nor were there any 318iS BMW factory convertibles

So, to buy a new Baur after 1986, you made a specific choice. "I want that one. I know it is more expensive and doesn't look as good, but its benefits outweigh these shortcomings. Where do I sign?" Obviously, as buying any new BMW in 1989 wasn't for the impecunious, buying a Baur tended to be reserved for wealthy people who knew what they wanted. Those people also tend to look after their cars.

Note - Black E30 318iS Baur now SOLD
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