Fantasy Friday is for cars that you might want to add to your dream garage, featuring a car that’s actually for sale right now. This week: the BMW 2002.
BMW’s Neue Klasse started with the 1500, a compact 4-door sedan, in the early 1960’s. The range gathered steam quickly, changed its name from -00 to -02 and the BMW 2002 was the range-topping variation of the coupe released in 1968.
The standard version had a single-carb, two-litre four cylinder engine producing around 100hp. A hotter ‘ti’ version had twin carbs and 120hp and was replaced by the ‘tii’ version with fuel injection and 130hp. BMW released their first turbocharged car with the 2002 Turbo in 1973. It put out 170hp but only a small number were made. Owners who wanted more power but no turbo could take their car to Alpina, who offered tuning variations all the way up to 200hp.
I remember 10 or so years ago there was an ad that said something akin to “Inside every 2002 BMW is the BMW 2002”. The 2002 really is regarded as the genesis of the BMW sport sedan setup, a formula that propelled the company to stratospheric heights in the last decade. Solid build quality. Rorty engine. Great weight distribution resulting in superb handling.
The 2002 is still highly regarded for its driving experience today, even if it’s not as pretty as the Italians from the era.
Extra reading: BMW 2002 at Petrolicious.
Here’s a short video showing the 2002 being driven in the manner the manufacturer intended. Outstanding driving on a wonderful piece of road – and get an earful of the sound! Fast forward to the 1:00 mark where the action begins.
This 2002 is currently for sale in Blairgowrie, a town on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. In what you’d call “cosmetically honest” condition, the 2002 has undergone some mechanical restoration but could do with some paint and some finishing touches.
The seller has given a very forthright description of the car listing both its strong points and the bits that need work. I should mention at this point that the seller is actually my cousin, Kelvin. I haven’t seen or driven the car myself but Kel’s a straight-up guy and if there’s something about that car that needs mentioning, he’ll mention it.
If you’re reading this in Australia and have any inclination towards a 2002, this would be a great starting point and it’s well priced, too.
And if it’s still available at the end of this month, I hope to take it for a spin myself when PJ and I drop in for a visit. Who knows, I might just get 2002 fever!!