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1986 BMW 320i Baur (E30)


  • Stunning Baur ‘Top Cabriolet’ shape
  • Good overall condition
  • Some light cosmetic work done recently

The Appeal

Upon its initial release, the E30 BMW 3-Series was not available in a convertible form. With customers crying out for a drop-top version, German coachbuilder Baur designed a ‘Top Cabriolet’ conversion kit that became part of the official BMW range for many years.

Replacing the body’s sheet metal with fabric, this ‘TC2’ version of the E30 retains the coupe’s roof line in a very classy way. In fact, this version of the car distinguishes itself greatly from the later true cabriolet model.

This particular car, featuring the 320i powertrain was first produced in 1986 and was purchased by its current owner in 2020. Since then, it has received some light cosmetic work including a front end respray and reportedly runs well.

A brilliant piece of BMW history, this E30 Baur is ready to find a new home and provide plenty of excellent hair-in-the-wind miles to its new owners.

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History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1986
  • Odometer reads 235,000km
  • Purchase by the current owner in 2020
  • Front end resprayed by the current owner
  • Little service history with the car
  • Some invoices with the car
  • Classic car registration

The Condition

  • Front end resprayed by the current owner
  • Paint presents in a very nice condition
  • Bodywork appears to be straight
  • Excellent three-door shape
  • Baur ‘Top Cabriolet’ body style
  • Fabric roof in great condition
  • Rubber bumpers look perfectly presentable
  • Light covers are clear and tidy
  • Wheels all look to be in good condition – no major damage
  • Windscreen and rubber seals replaced in 2020
  • Nice overall interior condition
  • Heated front seats
  • Seat upholstery presents well
  • Door cards look to be in great shape
  • Wood gear knob
  • Original Blaupunkt stereo
  • Underside looks clean for the most part
  • There are some patches of corrosion in places
  • Partial toolkit
  • Some signs of wear and tear throughout the centre console
  • Light corrosion to the pedal box
  • Dashboard is cracked in places

The Mechanics

  • 2-litre straight-six
  • Engine bay looks very presentable
  • Light patina in places
  • The car starts and runs as it should
  • Gear changes are reportedly smooth
  • The car does not consume oil or coolant
  • The vendor informs us that the brakes are working fine

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1986
  • Make BMW
  • Model 3 Series 320i
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 234,611 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2000
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town La Frénaye
  • Location International
  • Country France

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