In short, this 1972 BMW 2002tii that’s currently on auction at Bring a Trailer with just 450 miles on the odo is the best combination of classic and modern BMW parts. While the body is kept original to retain its classic looks, almost everything underneath has been modernised to a level where it is better, yet retains the old-school charm. With the level of detailing and the careful selection of parts and materials to rebuild the BMW 2002tii, it isn’t a surprise that it took the owner almost five years to complete the machine. But one look at the beautiful Inka Orange bodywork driving down the road is good enough to tell you that it’s been well-worth the wait.
To complete the build, Vintage Sports & Restoration in Bow, New Hampshire used parts from two BMW 2002tii cars. On the outside, the retro-sedan gets flared wheel arches that ape the beautiful BMW 2002tii Turbo. On the inside, the Ricaro seats at the front come from a BMW 320i while the rear seats come from a BMW 625CSi. Not just that but almost all of the underpinnings of the 2002tii have been upgraded to modern parts, for which the entire build history along with more photos is on the seller website (mentioned above).
The beauty of the restoration goes beyond its looks though. While the brakes have been upgraded to discs, and there’s a new carbon fibre airbox along with a new exhaust system, the main entertainer comes in as an upgraded engine from a E30 BMW M3, which has been further worked upon by the German tuner AC Schnitzer. Where the stock 2.0-litre unit in the 2002tii made about 128bhp, the AC Schnitzer – tuned engine now produces 200bhp. In plain sight, that might not sound a lot but when you compared it to a modern day BMW M3, but then you quickly realise that the power to weight ratio of both the modern and this retro-modern machine is quite similar. Now imagine the fun in this retro rocket.
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