Monday, March 23, 2015

5k: Penny Loafer: 1969 BMW 2002

You might recall that a few months back (okay, it was almost a year ago...where does the time go?), CFlo's wife picked up the Schmetterling, a great running/driving BMW 2002 for a non-project car.  It isn't a perfect show car, but it starts runs and you can park it on the street without worrying the city will tow it for being abandoned.  What more can you ask for in an inexpensive classic?  Not much.  Find this 1969 BMW 2002 offered for $6,200 near Tucson, AZ.  Tip from DK.

The BMW 2002 has been called the European equivalent of the Ford Mustang or Datsun 510.  They are inexpensive, parts are plentiful/cheap and, most importantly, they are easy to understand, diagnose, and fix when things go wrong...and things always go wrong.  The trick is that with the 2002 the problems are easy to reach (checkout all that engine bay clearance) and relatively inexpensive. 

The BMW M05 (parts of the M10 series) is a 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder rated at 100 horsepower and 106 ft-lbs of torque.  It does a great job of hustling the lightweight 2002 body around the curves and it will return decent fuel economy no matter how you shove your foot into it.

Typically a 2002 at this price point would feature an original and torn up interior, but this one has been redone in some kind of orange/black prison style setup.  It actually looks nice in the pictures and if the fit is nice it would be cool feature on this little classic.

See a better deal on a copper colored classic?


  1. I just commented on the Schmetterling post, but this car gives me some doubt. Why would anyone paint a car like this in this fashion? Given the significance of this particular make and model to many collectors, wouldn't the seller actually be removing some value in the process? As you say, it's either a prison motif or they're going for the Orange 50/50 look. If it's the former, will we spot it by the side of the road collecting trash for the state?

    1. Actually reading the ad copy, it seems that the owner is very aware of this issue. Why would they change the colors from "Granada Red with black interior" to this is beyond me, unless maybe it was done by a previous owner.

    2. Some people have really poor taste.

      My brother bought a new FIAT 124 Spider in 1973 in that chartreuse-y yellow that they came in. It was a really cool early 70's color that really fit the car. He sold the car a few years ago over my objections and the purchaser recently sold it again. The current owner had it repainted dark metallic grey. He basically ruined the car. My brother showed me a picture of it yesterday at lunch, it looks awful. I think there is a little spot in a really hot place being made ready for the current owner. Perhaps the customizer of this car can join him.

  2. You people do realize that orange IS the new black, don't you?

    1. If she is mechanically and structurally sound I would be more than willing to drop the soap in this shower.

    2. Seems like if you are painting a '02 orange, you go with Inka Orange. Modern colors on classics just don't look right to me.

  3. Looks like a victim of "pimp my ride". The new owner will have a lot to undo.


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