Thursday, March 9, 2017

Electric Yellow: 1976 BMW 2002

The BMW 2002 was the spiritual predecessor to BMW's super successful 3-series, but today it is probably better compared to a 1-series or 2-series...although I'm not entirely sure of the difference these days, BMW seems to have subscribed to the "more is better" school of car models. Anyway, a classic BMW 2002 is a cool ride, but does it get better with electricity? Find this 1976 BMW 2002 here on eBay offered for $10.500 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Seattle, WA.  Tip from Frank.

1976 was the final year of production for BMWs little New Class (1600/2000/2002) and it featured square tail lamps and large bumpers (for the US Market).  I'm conflicted about the electrification of such a classic...but BMW did make a boat load of these things, so it isn't like you are doing an electric conversion to a Ferrari Dino or something.

Under the rear trunk and up front are a bunch of lead acid batteries all wired together to give this old gal some range with 120 volts.  The seller claims a range of 30 miles, which doesn't seem that good in the world of 100 mile Nissan Leafs (Leaves?) but isn't bad for a homebrew electric. 

See another classic with a downgraded powertrain swap?


  1. How much does this thing weigh?

  2. I'll just leave this here: Geo Metro.

  3. It's no Geo, so the "purists" will quickly climb atop their soap boxes, but how about this Beck replica.

  4. I will pay 11 if he removes the $12.99 front lights

  5. I'm wondering. Does the conversion add or subtract value? I guess it depends on the person. For me it subtracts.

    1. In my estimation, the conversion turned a $12K car into a $1.2K car. Unless he still has the original drive train, I think this thing will be sitting in his driveway for quite some time. Or at least within a 15 mile radius of his driveway.

    2. One suspects it is probably good you don't work for Haggerty.

  6. I love 2002s. I have one myself. This offering is all kinds of wrong. 10K for 30 mile range? PFFFT. This is definitely one of those "Mess under the Dress" scenarios.... What a shame...

    - Average Bear

  7. No back trunk...batteries held down with a tie down strap....FAIL in sooo many ways.


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