Lot 225 - 1973 BMW 2002 Touring *NO RESERVE*
|Odometer reading||69,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £4,928|
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.
Very rarely does such an original example of a motorcar provide such a unique opportunity; this 2002 Touring, presented in maroon with tan interior, has had a genuine one owner from new and has covered a mere 69,000 miles since 1973. Purchased new through NAAFI British forces in Germany, this coupé was collected from the Munich factory in the spring of 1973 and used during the vendor's military service until returning to England in 1975; hence the 'N' registration number. Other than the two front wings and valance replaced by Jaymic of Norfolk in 1997, every panel and all paintwork are as original as the rest of the car which has been untouched apart from the seatbelts which had to be changed to meet MoT requirements. The car has been garaged throughout its life and the vendor states she has had no accidents or damages; indeed 14 other cars have come and gone in the family since the 2002 was first purchased. Within the history file are all bills, receipts and MoT test certificates from purchase to the present day with the current MoT valid until May 2017. These BMW's are very practical classics and it is rare to have the opportunity to purchase such a car which although in need of some cosmetic work, will represent a fantastic example when this has been completed.
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