This rare BMW has been ‘brand new’ three times

Renovated classic BMWs are common, but what about a rare BMW 2002 Baur Cabriolet that’s had two restorations in 30 years? It could be yours for £16k

In the care of the same owner for the past 27 years, this rare BMW 2002 Baur Cabriolet has just landed on the open market – and it’s worth your attention.

Fully restored in 1988 and barely used since, the Baur Cabriolet can lay claim as one of the rarest BMWs to have bolted the Bavarian stables. Originally owned by a village GP, the current vendor caught sight of the German cruiser around his local area and ‘decided to indulge himself’ when it came up for sale.

The purchase was a wise move, with the restoration work extensive in its scope; stripped to a bare shell and then rebuilt with all-new OE panels. What the good doctor had commissioned here was a brand-new older model – preserving a now scarcely seen derivative from out-and-out extinction.

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That said, 1988 was some years ago, and Father Time takes his toll on all things metal. Especially an old German tank. So why bother? Well, it’s just fresh out of another restoration – involving a full respray and complete mechanical rebuild. Again.

As it was in 1972, then again in 1988, this NMW 2002 Bauer Cabriolet is essentially brand new. Did it really need a second renovation? We doubt it, yet the owner was so fastidious that the BMW was rolled in for a bare-shell restoration anyway.

The targa top was stripped down at the same time, a new mohair roof installed for a total of £500, alongside all five Alpina-style alloys receiving the refurbished treatment before fitting new tyres.

The chromework was inspected item-by-item and either polished, re-chromed or replaced as appropriate. It, like the paintwork, wheels, interior and roof, now appears factory fresh.

Underneath looks similarly good too - probably down to the tri-annual professional waxoyling of the box sections. The owner has stated that the only piece of work to be undertaken for a full concours example is the rubber seal on the folding roof. In the grand scheme of things, that’s small fry.

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