We've featured a non-stock BMW 2002 in the past - but that one was a hacked up El Camino look-a-like Baur Targa -this time we found one much more pleasing to the eye. This 1976 BMW 2002 Restomod was originally a big bumpered 2002 - but has now been modified to resemble the Europe-only 2002 Turbo, for sale in Sherman Oaks, CA for $12500. Thanks to tip from DT reader Oscar!
The BMW 'Neue Klasse' was first produced in 1962 and ended production in 1976 when it was replaced with the e21 3-series. The cars we named and badged with numbers indicating the engine displacement in cubic centimeters - such as the 1500, 1600, 1800 and 2000 - but the 2002 received a unique suffix identifier to show that it was a 2-door car. This predated BMWs currently practice of whoring out its numerical naming system to the whims of a marketing department - such that in the past 10 years BMW has had 3.0 liter equipped vehicles with suffix -28, -30, -35 and -40.
This 2002 is powered by its original 2.0 liter SOHC inline 4 M05 engine that puts out 108 horsepower. The power is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and limited slip differential in the back- and should be enough to have fun in the 2000 lb coupe. This car also has headers and a single weber carb - so it should be good for a few more ponies.
Inside this 2002 has received stock Recaro seats from a e21 320i coupe, an aftermarket Momo steering wheel and shifter knob. It also has a few aftermarket gauges mounted in the center console, the carpets are new and the door cars look to be in good shape.
Outside this 2002 has received a full turbo look transformation - complete with turbo wheels, fender flares, rear bumper lip wing and front bumper/air dam. It looks the part of the turbo even though they were only sold in white or silver from BMW. Personally we'd remove the ///M badge, but not replace it with a turbo badge - unless we turbocharged the car...which would be easier in California if this car was pre -1975 and smog test exempt. As is - it probably needs to stay stock to keep it easy to smog, unless the new owner lives in a state with smog laws based on logic and reason.
We refer to this car as a restomod - a combination of restored and modified , because this car has a bit of both. BMW 2002s are still relatively cheap to obtain and maintain - but don't count on them being cheap runners for long, snap one up before they start getting sold at Barrett-Hackson auctions.
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