Description by seller:
A one-family-owned car. The family business supplied pressed body panels to BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn factory and their relationship with the firm resulted in the car being bought directly from the factory – together with a BMW 745i.
The service book confirms that the purchase of the 320i Baur was done on 8 October 1985 and that servicing initially took place at the factory. When the owners moved back to Germany for a few years, the 320i Baur went along for the ride – for this reason there are things like a 160km/h max speed which remains on the dash (the tyres were only rated for this number on the autobahn).
On return to South Africa the car was used as a daily, and although the mileage wasn’t excessive, the Pretoria sun did take its toll on the dash, and the driver’s seat right-hand bolster wore from sliding in and out. The E30 has been parked up for the past few years, with usage limited to a monthly trundle around the block.
But that has all changed recently, with the car getting a thorough check-over to make it fit for many more road trips and family fun.
The original owner’s handbook/service book, radio instruction booklet, antenna cleaner, Motorplan pamphlet, cubby hole torch (not working) and spare key are still present in the car and so too are the odd bumps and bruises that an honest car of this age has picked up over life. These have been cleaned up to some extent but evidence has been left behind to pay homage to the car’s interesting family history.
The operational side is where the real focus has been and jobs done in the last month include:
- Cam belt
- Water pump
- Engine mounts
- Fuel pump
- Fuel filter
- Air filter
- Oil filter
- Exhaust manifold gasket
- New tyres (Dunlop)
- Front brake pads
- Brake fluid
- Replaced interior blower fan
- Aircon just converted to new gas system, compressor rebuilt and re-gassed (blowing ice-cold)
- Spark plugs
- Spark plug wire carrier replaced
- HT Leads replaced
- Coolant system flush
- New header tank
- New air hoses (throttle body system)
- Assortment of hose clamps (from BMW SA)
- New accelerator cable
- Speed control lever repair
- New fuse box lid
- Interior light wiring (cubby hole, ashtrays, boot)
- Seatbelt inertia reel re-tension
- Roof re-upholster (middle section)
- Windscreen chrome trim insert
- Rear bumper replaced with less tarnished second-hand item
- Tools – German BMW-sourced
- Non-working immobiliser removed
- Cubby handle replaced
- Gear selector brush replaced
- Boot lid dent repaired and resprayed
- Hand brake lever thumb button repaired
- Oil pressure sending unit switch repaired
The end result is that the car drives brilliantly. The windscreen has a small chip (filled) but keeping the original windscreen stickers seems more fitting than replacing it with a fresh one. As mentioned, the right-hand side driver’s seat bolster is worn, there are some paint scratches on the inner door frames (likely from jewellery) and both doors have nicks from keys or similar. Front wheel arches have scuff marks and the rear valence has a dent at lower left side of the number plate. Chrome work shows some age, as do the bumper rubbers.
Electric windows, interior fan, speed control, the roof-mounted ‘CHECK’ panel, dash lights and National radio/tape all work, and this rare South African-assembled early BMW 320i Baur TC is ready to make more memories.
Available to view by appointment in Johannesburg.
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