Rotisserie Restoration: 1974 BMW 2002 – Sold!
When you look at BMW’s bloated and SUV-heavy product line today, it’s hard to believe the company once made great handling yet practical 2002 sports sedan such as the restored 1974 example recently listed for sale on Craigslist in Panton, Vermont with an asking price of $27,000. While the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his BMW priced $3,000 above the current #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $24,000, when you see all of the undercarriage pictures taken during the rotisserie restoration, you’ll appreciate all of the work and cost that has gone into this car.
BMW produced its o2 Series of compact two-door sedans from 1966 through 1977 when it was replaced by the first generation three-series. Known as compact executive cars in Europe, the 2002 became better known stateside as a sports sedan. Helmut Werner Bönsch, BMW’s director of product planning, and Alex von Falkenhausen, designer of the M10 engine, each had a two-liter engine installed in a 1600-2 for their respective personal use. When they realized they had both made the same modification to their own cars, they prepared a joint proposal to BMW’s board to manufacture a two-litre version of the 1600-2. At the same time, American importer Max Hoffman was asking BMW for a sporting version of the 02 series that could be sold in the United States.
As per the larger coupe and 4-door sedan models, the 2.0 engine was sold in two states of tune: the base single-carburetor 2002 producing 101 horsepower and the dual-carburetor high compression 2002 ti producing 119 horsepower. The YouTube Channel Everyday Driver conducted a review several years ago of a similar 1976 2002 that provides some great clips of the car at speed through turns:
Its hard to come by a BMW 2002, let alone a nicely restored example such as the example featured here. We like this car not because it was restored to concours-level original standards but rather with a number of tasteful upgrades that all work to make this a great country road carver on your days off. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“BMW Oxford Green Metallic
Complete Ansa Exhaust
Momo Steering Wheel
Extra bottlecap wheels included
Extra Running Gear/Engine
M/W Wheels shown in photos
New Headliner just installed
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