1974 BMW 2002 Convertible by Baur
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 1960’s 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 resulting 2002 (named after the new motor's displacement) was popular in its first year on sale.
This BMW 2002 is one of only 354 examples manufactured in right hand drive format. Conversions on these outstanding vehicles were by coachbuilder Karosserie Baur in Stuttgart at a time when ‘wind in the hair’ motoring was rare. Baur retained a ‘T’ bar in the roof design helping dramatically to reduce any scuttle shake. This BMW has been owned and enjoyed by its car enthusiast vendor since 2001. This rare 2002 will require recommissioning but when done could provide plenty more miles of open top driving. Supplied to auction with a V5C registration document and various bills and receipts, this car is offered without reserve.
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