Lot 135 - 1973 BMW 2002
|Odometer reading||327 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,424|
BMW's director of product planning, Helmut Werner Bönsch and Alex von Falkenhausen, the designer of the BMW M10 engine, had both been owners of a 1600-2 (1602) and subsequently had both installed a two litre engine in their respective cars. Following the realisation that they had both made the same modification, they prepared a joint proposal to BMW's board to manufacture a two litre version of the 1602. 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. The 1990cc engine was made available in 1968 in two states of tune: the base single-carburettor 2002, producing 100bhp as in the 2000 and 2000C and the dual-carburettor high compression 2002Ti, producing 120bhp as in the 2000Ti and 2000CS.
This 1973 BMW 2002 was the subject to a complete rebuild five years ago which included restoring the bodywork, rebuilding the engine and gearbox and rebuilding the suspension and brakes. Over the last two years the vendor has carried on the improving the car and has fitted new Koni shock absorbers and springs, he also fitted a new stainless steel exhaust system and manifolds, new Weber carburettors, aluminium radiator, new water hoses, Kenlowe cooling fans and brake hoses. The owner has described the underneath of the car as spotless and to make sure it is in the best condition throughout the front and rear bumpers have been re-chromed. Finished in white with grey interior, this is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2016, old registration documents and old MoT test certificates. These BMW's are very practical classics and it is rare to have the opportunity to purchase a car which is so well prepared.
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