The BMW 2002 is one of the first attempts at a sports sedan in the modern sense and is also credited with establishing BMW as a maker of practical but enthusiast inclined cars. Also undeniable is this cars influence in setting the stage for segment defining cars like the 3 series and the 5 series.
Produced between 1968 and 1975, the single carbureted BMW 2002 was powered by a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder motor good for 101 hp. Power was put down by a 4 speed Borg Warner manual or a 3 speed ZF automatic. Notable features were dual circuit brakes with servo and a hydraulic clutch. The car was hugely popular for its combination of pace, practicality and simple design. This is attested by the fact that over 196,845 were built during its production run.
This 1972 example from the US market is one of the more desirable Model 71 variants. This added bumpers with black rubber facing, longer rear bumper wraparounds, sill panels painted in body color, and the all-important round taillights. Numerous upgrades to this extensively restored car up for sale at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction include 14-in. ATS five-spoke wheels with BF Goodrich G-Force tires, Hella driving lights, a Crane coil, Weber carburetors with velocity stacks (including covers), a three-spoke sport steering wheel, rear suspension brace, a stainless-steel exhaust and headers, among others.
Photos Courtesy: Darin Schnabel for RM Sotheby’s