Lot 191 - 1975 BMW 2002 Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||6,312 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
- Restored between 2017-2020
- Engine rebuilt
- One of 24 right hand drive cars built in 1974
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 and one of only 24 manufactured in 1974. Conversions on these outstanding vehicles were carried out by coachbuilder Karosserie Baur in Stuttgart. Baur retained a ‘T’ bar in the roof design helping dramatically to reduce any scuttle shake.
This 2002 cabriolet was purchased by the vendor in 2018 after the car had benefitted from a full bare metal restoration in Poland the year before, with receipts in the file for over €4,500 in parts alone. Finished in yellow with a black interior, the car was then subject to a full mechanical restoration back in the UK. Almost £5,000 was spent between renowned historic motorsport teams Macchina Motorsport and TTP Performance to get the car mechanically sorted, with TTP Performance carrying out a full engine rebuild. The car is now reported by the vendor to be ‘on the button’ and to run and drive extremely well. Supplied with a UK V5C registration document, almost all of its early MoT test certificates, invoices running back to 1980 and original sales brochures, this wonderful, fully restored BMW classic is now ready to enjoy.
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