The BMW 2002 series is important in the history of BMW for several reasons; not the least of which being that it brought the company out of near bankruptcy in the 1960’s and put BMW on the map in the United States. It was the ancestral grandfather to the BMW 3 Series and was produced from 1968 to 1976. German BMW importer Max Hoffman is credited with the car’s creation. He had suggested to BMW’s engineering director that a 2.0 litre engine should be installed into the small two-door 1602 to improve performance and emissions. The engineering director argued that the larger motor would not fit, but Hoffman countered that it certainly would fit; if he refused to put the motor in, Hoffman would personally take a car with the new engine to George Meier, a famous motorcycle racer, for installation. Almost immediately this brought action – and the resulting 2002 (named after the new motor’s displacement) was popular in its first year on sale.
Only 354 examples were manufactured to Right-Hand drive specification and only 260 of these were early ‘round rear tail-light’ examples. The ‘square tail’ example on offer today was first registered in 1974 in Holland, and is a matching numbers vehicle- showing just 18,249 km at the time of printing. The paintwork is the original and sought-after colour of Chamonix Weiss in combination with the blue fabric combination interior. The vendor describes the car as being in good condition throughout, and the MOT is valid to 25/04/2021 which goes some way in supporting this statement. In addition, rust treatment inside and out has been applied to preserve this desirable classic for years to come. This is a fantastic opportunity to buy a highly sought after classic, which is ready for enjoyment immediately.