BMW 2002 Generations:

1972 - 1974 BMW 2002tii

1972 - 1974 BMW 2002tii Exterior
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  • BMW 2002tii
  • Year:
    1972- 1974
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    4-Speed Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    130 @ 5700
  • MPG(Cty):
    18
  • MPG(Hwy):
    25
  • Torque @ RPM:
    130 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9.8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    118 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front-engine, Rear-drive
  • car segment:
  • body style:

The BMW 2002tii is one of the most fun-to-drive and affordable classic cars available. Most classic cars have a distinctly fragile and wooly way of handling and accelerating down the road, causing drivers to think... ‘Don’t floor the throttle because something might break!’

Not in the BMW 2002tii. This car is plugged into the tarmac and every pebble is felt through the giant unassisted steering wheel, pedals and shift knob.

The seating position and performance sensations are far more modern than the VIN number stamp would have you believe. It was this light and nimble attitude that brought BMW back from the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1960s, when Germany was reeling from a prolonged recession even as the rest of the world danced in tie-dye shirts and went to Woodstock.

BMW had big problems at the time, most critically being a lack of cash to invest in the business. Their primary 1500 sedan was well-regarded in Germany as a more agile and cheaper Mercedes alternative, but the small sedan was a fish out of water on U.S. roads clogged with millions of Ford Mustangs. Sedans and BMW’s U.S. sales were out of gas as two-door coupes became all the rage.

As with some other TopSpeed Hall of Fame models like the NART Ferrari Spider from last weekend, the beginnings of the BMW 2002 legend start with a strong-arm tactic from a U.S. importer.

Against BMW’s protests, he cajoled them into adding their largest engine under the 1500’s hood and chopping the rear doors. Instant sports coupe and American success meant nothing less than salvation for this historic engine manufacturer.

And for a clue about the origin of the 4 Series coupe names, a quick look at the (odd) 1500 sedan becoming the (even) 2002 two-door explains BMW’s logic.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 1972 - 1974 BMW 2002tii, with special highlights on this sport model’s extra performance and style.

 

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Petrolicious Explores A “Tastefully Modified” '73 BMW 2002: Video

Petrolicious Explores A “Tastefully Modified” ’73 BMW 2002: Video

Sleek and oh so chic

First introduced in the mid ‘60s, the BMW 02 Series was a compact, three-box sedan that blessed the Bavarians with the sporty, driver’s brand perception it enjoys today. As the forerunner to the perennial 3 Series, the 02 Series mixed small dimensions, tossable handling characteristics, and by the ‘70s, decent power output as well, making it a favorite among enthusiasts. These days, you can find the 2002 drawing attention at car shows and historic racing events across the country, and sometimes, you run across some real gems. Take for example the 2002 featured in this video from Petrolicious.

Dubbed “Tesoro” by its owner, Bay Area resident Lisa, this classic two-door has all kinds of lovely little details. “Tesoro in Latin means sweetheart, or treasure, and I felt like with all the different, unique items that are on Tesoro, like the Hirschmann antenna, the Neue Klasse steering wheel with the old BMW lettering on it, the different parts I’ve sourced and have customized, I felt like this was my treasure.”

All told, this machine is definitely a looker, and absolutely worthy of the name given it. It’s clean and tasteful down to the smallest of details, and certainly a fine example of one of BMW’s most-famous models.

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Jay Leno Explores Classic Cool In A Tastefully Modded BMW 2002: Video

Jay Leno Explores Classic Cool In A Tastefully Modded BMW 2002: Video

Three-box design, too cool style

BMW introduced the 02 Series back in 1966, offering up classic Bimmer style and excitement, but in a small, relatively affordable package. When BMW decided to replace the old 1.6-liter engine with a more powerful 2.0-liter, the 2002 was born, giving rise to a whole generation of iconic compact Bavarian fun boxes. Mounting the engine in front and sending power to the rear with very little weight in between made the 2002 an absolute riot to drive, and modern iterations still offer that same zest to anyone lucky enough to find him or herself in the hot seat. Jay Leno recently got a chance to experience just that in the above-featured example from 1976.

The car’s owner, Marc Norris, also owns Bavarian Workshop, an automotive service center based in Southern California that specializes in BMW’s. As such, this particular 2002 is in exceptional condition, with “just the right amount” of modifications, as Jay puts it. It’s a real looker, that much is for sure, and Jay and Marc go over every detail geeking out over the various specs and features. Afterwards, the 2002 gets to stretch its legs out on the road, and Jay puts his foot down to let the exhaust sing for a bit. If you’re a fan of BMW’s, the 2002, or just old-school-cool compacts, this is the video for you.

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2016 BMW 2002 Hommage

2016 BMW 2002 Hommage

The 2002 Hommage got a new look for the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach

If you look back on this history of the Villa d’Este Concours event, you will find a lot of hype about models like the BMW CSL Hommage from last year and the 328 Hommage from before that. Needless to say, BMW likes to bring the past to present with some interesting concepts that pay tribute to older models from years past. This year, BMW is bringing another “very special model,” called the BMW 2002 Hommage, a model that is based on the BMW 2002 Turbo.

Underneath all the fancy body lines and the little pieces that trigger memories from way back when, the BMW 2002 Hommage is probably just an M2. Be that as it may, it’s still a pretty nice place to start. Adrian van Hooydonk, the Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, said, “Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles which made the brand what it is today. The 2002 sat at the top of the range and was the first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology. That set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car. At the same time, the 2002 turbo was at the technological vanguard of engine development at BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to all these achievements.”

Karim Habib, the Head of Design for BMW Automobiles, believes that the BMW 2002 Hommage “encapsulates BMW’s major motorsport triumphs” and is a “confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.” So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at BMW’s latest concept for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and what it’s all about.

Update 08-24-2016: We’ve created a new video that covers the highlights of the BMW 2002 Hommage. Click on play to see it for yourself.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 2002 Hommage.

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BMW 2002 Hommage Gets Racing Livery And New Wheels At Pebble Beach

BMW 2002 Hommage Gets Racing Livery And New Wheels At Pebble Beach

Pays tribute to the race-spec 2002 Turbo of the 1970s

At the 2016 Villa d’Este, BMW stunned the automotive world by unveiling the 2002 Hommage concept, an M2 coupe that was extensively modified into a modern interpretation of the classic 2002, the range-topping version of the "02 Series," built between 1966 to 1977. Three months later and the German company brought a new version of the concept car at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Having celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, BMW has released quite a few concept cars paying tribute to its iconic, classic models. And Munich is apparently enjoying all the publicity, which is probably why the 2002 Hommage got a minor makeover for Pebble Beach. That’s not a bad thing though, as BMW built many spectacular cars in the 1960s and 1970s.

So what makes this new 2002 Hommage concept special, you ask? Well, even though it’s basically identical to the first show car inside and out, it was modified to pay tribute to the race-spec version of the original 2002 Turbo. You see, the 2002 wasn’t just a successful road car. It also spawned various race versions, being racing in anything from rally events to track series such as the Trans Am, and the German Racing Championships, the predecessor of the current DTM.

To turn the 2002 Hommage into a modern interpretation of the 2002 Turbo, BMW painted in a two-tone livery that echoes one of the most iconic paint schemes of the 1960s and 1970s. Finished in bright orange with black accents on the upper side panels, engine hood, and trunk lid, the concept from Pebble Beach reminds us of the Jagermeister-liveried 2002s raced in both rally and track championships. BMW even went as far as to use a logo that’s very similar to that of the German liquor company, while the "Turbomeister" decals on the doors, fenders, and hood have the same font as "Jagermeister."

What’s more, BMW added bi-color 20-inch wheels in gold, another feature seen on the classic 2002 Turbo, as well as gold brake calipers, and gold headlamp detailing to recreate the yellow hue commonly found in the headlamps of racing cars back in the day. Everything else remained unchanged compared to the first 2002 Hommage concept, but I must say that this new version is a lot more spectacular to look at.

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This Gorgeous BMW 2002 Was Built From A Wreck: Video

This Gorgeous BMW 2002 Was Built From A Wreck: Video

Buying yourself the car of your dreams can be a complicated matter. Since most of us dream of owning ludicrous machines such as the Ferrari F40, Porsche 959, McLaren P1 or the LaFerrari, getting one is next to impossible unless you’re filthy rich. Or, you could win the lottery.

Very few enthusiasts can actually brag about having built their dream cars on the their front lawns. One such gearhead is Carter Kelly Kramer, who drives a bespoke BMW 2002 he bought when he was only 16 years old.

Kramer purchased the German coupe off eBay only to realize that it was far worse than described. Soon after he took delivery of the car, he crashed it through a fence. Because the insurance company wouldn’t cover the damage, he decided to fix the car himself.

"I had a pair of garden shears, I had a hack saw, I had a crowbar, and a sledgehammer..." Kramer says, adding that he had very little knowledge as to what it takes to repair a 2002. "I slowly learned by taking the car apart how the car goes together."

Although he fixed it, he decided to get rid of the 2002 as he went to college, buying a newer BMW. However, he soon began to suffer from seller’s remorse and got the car back, removed its chrome, repainted it, and tweaked the engine. It’s been four years since he took it apart, and the 2002 is arguably one of the most beautiful restomods out there. Check out the video for the full story and the insane engine note of this classic Bimmer.

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1970 BMW Alpina 2002ti

1970 BMW Alpina 2002ti

The BMW 2002 was a bit of an oddball when it came to American shores. The compact, boxy two-door clashed with the sizable American iron that prowled the roadways, and it’s low-displacement inline-four had a hard time keeping up with the big V-8 engines. However, what it lacked in power, the 2002 more than made up for in the corners. Its low weight and dynamic handling characteristics made the 2002 ideal for just about any motoring event involving turns.

One such event was SCCA Trans Am racing. The first few years of the 70s are typically referred to as the latter half of the “golden years” for SCCA Trans Am, with classes that featured production cars you could actually walk into a showroom and buy.

This particular 2002ti was built to compete in that series with the help of legendary BMW performance specialist company Alpina. The car features several Alpina upgrades, including a Weber side-draft carburetor setup and three-piece alloy wheels. The fenders are stuffed with extra rubber, and the engine has been tinkered with to give the Bimmer a little more speed down the straights.

The car ran in the ’71 and ’72 seasons before reaching retirement. It was then put into storage for nearly a quarter century before BMW resurrected it with new livery for the 1996 Monterey Historic Races.

In August 2014, the Bimmer was back at Laguna Seca, this time with Road&Track Executive Editor Sam Smith at the wheel and its original Alpina orange-and-black paint on the sheet metal. It’s a real treat seeing this old-school racer on full attack, slipping around its competitors and charging the corkscrew. You can check out the video of Smith in action here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1970 BMW Alpina 2002ti.

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1972 - 1974 BMW 2002tii

1972 - 1974 BMW 2002tii

The BMW 2002tii is one of the most fun-to-drive and affordable classic cars available. Most classic cars have a distinctly fragile and wooly way of handling and accelerating down the road, causing drivers to think... ‘Don’t floor the throttle because something might break!’

Not in the BMW 2002tii. This car is plugged into the tarmac and every pebble is felt through the giant unassisted steering wheel, pedals and shift knob.

The seating position and performance sensations are far more modern than the VIN number stamp would have you believe. It was this light and nimble attitude that brought BMW back from the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1960s, when Germany was reeling from a prolonged recession even as the rest of the world danced in tie-dye shirts and went to Woodstock.

BMW had big problems at the time, most critically being a lack of cash to invest in the business. Their primary 1500 sedan was well-regarded in Germany as a more agile and cheaper Mercedes alternative, but the small sedan was a fish out of water on U.S. roads clogged with millions of Ford Mustangs. Sedans and BMW’s U.S. sales were out of gas as two-door coupes became all the rage.

As with some other TopSpeed Hall of Fame models like the NART Ferrari Spider from last weekend, the beginnings of the BMW 2002 legend start with a strong-arm tactic from a U.S. importer.

Against BMW’s protests, he cajoled them into adding their largest engine under the 1500’s hood and chopping the rear doors. Instant sports coupe and American success meant nothing less than salvation for this historic engine manufacturer.

And for a clue about the origin of the 4 Series coupe names, a quick look at the (odd) 1500 sedan becoming the (even) 2002 two-door explains BMW’s logic.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 1972 - 1974 BMW 2002tii, with special highlights on this sport model’s extra performance and style.

Read more