Tan Tuetonic: 1975 BMW 2002 5-Speed 56K Mile Survivor – SOLD!

Aug 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

September 1st Update – We just confirmed the private seller of this BMW 2002 deleted their Craigslist ad, so we’re calling this one “Sold!”

Every time we pass our local BMW dealer these days, the vast assortment of brand new, look-alike SUVs has us lamenting for a simpler time when BMW created the Sports Sedan category with its 2002 such as this 56K original mile 1975 example just listed recently in New Canaan, Connecticut with an asking price of $17,800.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their 2002 priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $27,800 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $14,400.

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-liter 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 nice low mileage survivor featuring an older milder refresh as the example featured here.  We really like this example as the current caretaker resisted the urge to make any modifications. In particular, we love the original 14″ steel wheels remain in place. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“For sale- 75 BMW 2002. 5spd, 56,324 miles, manual, mild restoration done twelve years ago. The pictures speak for themselves.

Do you have a BMW 2002 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

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