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1987 BMW 318i Baur TC2 Convertible (E30)


  • Genuine Baur conversion, one of 1,806 supplied to the UK
  • Benefitted from recent mechanical re-commissioning
  • Comes with a large folder of service history
  • Factory fitted "M Technic" bodykit and M Sport Seats
  • Valid MOT until December 2024

The Appeal

The BMW 318i Baur TC2 is a unique and rare find, especially in the UK - with 1,806 supplied to the British market. When the E30 was originally launched, it came in two styles - a two-door and a four-door saloon shell. While BMW had no plans to make one themselves, they were well aware that the market wanted a cabriolet. As a result, they reached out to long-time collaborators Korsserie Baur, who offered a folding, two-stage canvas roof - much as they had with the earlier E21 TC or Top Cabriolet. The Baur E30, as a result, became the TC2.

This 318i has been kept in dry storage in recent years and has recently undergone a mechanical re-commissioning. It comes with a large folder of service history, including a fully stamped service book, invoices, and MOT certificates. The car also features a factory-fitted "M Technic" bodykit and M Sport Seats.

History and Paperwork

  • Manufactured in 1987 and supplied new through SMB of Exeter on 1st August 1987
  • Five former registered keepers, with the current owner having the car since May 2023
  • Underwent thorough recommissioning upon purchase
  • Comes with a decent amount of paperwork including the current V5 and the original service book
  • The service book features 23 service stamps all from SMB of Exeter
  • The most recent service stamp is from 1999 at 86,928 miles
  • Valid MOT until December 2024

The Condition

  • Exterior presented in Alpine White paintwork with a mid-blue, double coach line
  • Fitted with an official BMW M-Technic body kit
  • This comprises ribbed side skirts, a boot lip spoiler and a deeper chin spoiler
  • Sits on original 14-inch “Euroweave” BBS alloy wheels
  • Roof parts in blue fabric and in good condition with no rips or tears
  • Underside is solid 
  • Interior features the less common Uberkaro plaid fabric upholstery in good condition
  • Small hole noted in the passenger seat bolster
  • Door cards and rear panels finished in panelled blue vinyl
  • Dashboard in black vinyl appears to be in fine condition
  • Original four spoke BMW steering wheel fitted

The Mechanics

  • Based on the 318i version of the E30 and fitted with the 1,766cc M40 engine
  • Power fed to the rear wheels via a five-speed Getrag 240 gearbox
  • Under-bonnet condition is in fine fettle with light age-commensurate wear
  • Battery looks to be quite a recent fitment
  • No visible rust and the suspension turrets look very solid
  • Around £2,000-£3,000 spent on getting the car roadworthy
  • It's now ready and waiting to be driven away


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1987
  • Make BMW
  • Model 3 Series 318i
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 138,453 Miles
  • Engine size 1766
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Romford
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom

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