2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction

1985 BMW 318i E30 TC Baur Cabriolet





Engine 1.8-litre four-cylinder
Gearbox Five-speed manual
Body Work Cabriolet
Colour Silver
Interior Beige
Wheels Alloy
Brakes Discs


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The E30 3-Series was released in 1982 to supersede the original E21 and was immediately regarded as one of the world’s best driver’s cars. Wherever production cars were raced, the 323i was there, while the four-cylinder 318i represented the entry point into BMW ownership. In Europe it was offered in wagon and convertible guise as well as the sedan and coupe versions sold in Australia. The rare fifth variant was the TC cabriolet version built by specialist coachbuilder Baur in its own factory, where it had produced special BMWs since the 1930s. The 318i TC Baur was available in Australia and very highly regarded, not just for its glamour but for the quality of the conversion and the excellent driving experience it offered – free of the scuttle shake that plagues many open cars. E30 succeeded the first E21 3-Series back in '82. It came in four body styles - sedan, coupe, wagon and convertible. But one model is almost always forgotten - the TC Baur edition.