1973 BMW 2002 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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This is the car that launched BMW into driver’s car lore

BMW’s success following The War and the European Financial Crisis of the 50s, hinged firmly on their ‘new class’ line of sedans, launched by the 1500 in 1961.

The 1500 was a major turning point and, with its success, allowed BMW to pay its shareholders a dividend for the first time in almost 20 years.

The 1500 was overshadowed in history by its smaller, more nimble counterpart, the 1600-02 coupe.

The 1600-02, later known as the 1602, launched in 1966 with a 1.6lt four-cylinder M10 with a modest 63kW. With a unibody construction, MacPherson front struts and indepedend rear suspension the car was lauded by motoring journalists as one of the time’s greatest driver’s cars.

A year later, BMW turned up the wick by adding side-draft carburettors and yielding a further 14kW out of the new and improved 1600TI.

Legend has it that the then-Director of Product Planning, and the designer of the four-cylinder M10 motor, had both separately fitted their personal 1602s with larger 2.0lt M10 units. Once they crossed paths, they joined forces, and pitched to the board what would eventually be the BMW 2002.

This BMW 2002 is a 1973 model, the last of the round taillights.

It’s been fully restored both inside and out, finished in Chamonix white over a black interior with new headliner, seat and door trims, and a re-trimmed centre console.

The car has no rust and bears its original four-speed manual, along with a major service comprising of new brakes, new transmission mounts, shifter linkage, steering drag link and timing adjusted.

The listing indicates that no expense has been spared on the 02’s maintenance and comes with full history and documentation since it was delivered new in Horsham – still has the original plates on it.

The sale will also come with three sets of period correct wheels: the original (restored) hubcaps, BWA lightweight alloy wheels, and original 2002 Turbo style wheels.

Overall, the car presents beautifully and has clearly been loved by a fastidious BMW enthusiast.

Nothing left to spend – the car is listed for $34,990 and is based in Victoria.

Check out the full listing here!


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