“It’s here at long-awaited last . . . with all of the high-priced, understated functionality of a Hardy Amies hair shirt. The BMW 2002 tii, exquisite penance for the unrehabilitated car addict.” – Car and Driver, February 1972
With its lightweight body construction, four-wheel independent suspension, rear wheel drive and front disc brakes, the 2002 Tii provided lively performance along with the practicality of a spacious cabin and a large luggage area. There was no other car at that time that could match the Tii.
Power came from the reliable race-bred 2.0 litre M10 overhead cam 4 cylinder engine with Kugelfischer (Bosch) mechanical fuel injection producing 130 bhp, which powered this family car to a top speed of 185 km/h.
Finished in Chamonix White with a leather/cloth interior, this particularly solid example was delivered in Spain to a US soldier stationed in a military base. For this reason the dash controls are labelled with English text such as “wipers”, “lights”, and so on. The owner returned to the US, the car however remained in Spain until 2015.
After receiving a technical inspection in 1988 the Tii went into storage until 2015, when it was bought by a Spanish collector who restored the car. The works included a rebuild of the injection pump, cleaning the fuel tank, a new timing injection pump, starter motor, exhaust, shock absorbers, wheel bearings, brakes, and new tyres all round. The body, never welded and with very little sign of corrosion, was then treated to a full repaint in Chamonix White.
The 2002 Tii really is the definition of the “Ultimate Driving Machine”, and this example none more so. A great car to own and a good buy in the current market.