Lot 285 - 1973 12866 2002 Targa Convertible by Baur
|Odometer reading||35,700 miles|
|Estimate||£7,500 - £10,500|
The BMW 2002 series is important in the history of BMW for several reasons; not the least of which being that it brought the company out of near bankruptcy in the 1960s and put BMW on the map in the United States. It was the ancestral grandfather to the BMW 3 Series and was produced from 1968 to 1976. German BMW importer Max Hoffman is credited with the car's creation. He had suggested to BMW's engineering director that a 2.0 litre engine should be installed into the small two-door 1602 to improve performance and emissions. The engineering director argued that the larger motor would not fit, but Hoffman countered that it certainly would fit; if he refused to put the motor in, Hoffman would personally take a car with the new engine to Georg Meier, a famous motorcycle racer, for installation. Almost immediately this brought action - and the resulting 2002 (named after the new motor's displacement) was popular in its first year on sale stateside.
This rare righthand drive BMW 2002 with Targa top convertible by Baur was up-rated to Tii specification in the early 1980's; this included Weber carburettors and the correct five speed gearbox. Finished in the original Inca Orange with combination of black and brown cloth seats, it was the subject of a complete check through and full service in July 2013 including new petrol pipes, tuning the carburettors and checking the braking system. This BMW 2002 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires at the end of March 2014, the original handbook, invoices and old MoT test certificates which go back to 1988 and a letter dated 1984 which confirms that the gearbox was replaced with the correct five speed unit. A total of 1,963 2002 Targa's were built and out of that only a very few were manufactured in righthand drive; an ideal car for both winter and summer.
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