Produced for the 1973/74 season only, the legendary BMW 2002 Turbo was Europe’s first turbocharged production car. Demands for increased power for its medium-sized saloon had prompted BMW to introduce the original 2002 in 1968, and it was the fuel-injected 2002tii that provided the basis for the model’s ultimate expression – the Turbo – which was readily distinguishable by its deep front air dam, wheelarch extensions and boot-mounted spoiler. This top-of-the-range model had been introduced following a successful racing programme that saw a works entered, turbocharger equipped 2002 win the 1969 European Touring Car Championship in the hands of Dieter Quester. Faced with having to compete against the Porsche 911 (subsequently banned from touring car racing) BMW opted for ‘bolt on’ horsepower courtesy of a turbocharger, the result being a hike from 210 to around 270bhp in race trim. The road version made do with ‘only’ 170bhp, which in a compact package resulted in outstanding performance; the Turbo’s top speed was 130mph, making it the fastest and most exciting medium-sized sports saloon of its day. Today this rare model (only 1,672 were made) is rightly regarded as a modern classic and much sought after.
This rare silver 2002 Turbo enjoyed a restoration in the UK, with a complete repaint of the exterior, engine bay and luggage space. Additionally the seats were re-trimmed but otherwise the interior is original. The engine had been rebuilt before but was excellent, the 5 speed gearbox was rebuilt with a new clutch, and the fuel system has been set up correctly (very important for mechanical injection like this). The car was Italian delivered from new but was acquired by our client in Belgium, with Dutch registration plates. We understand around £30,000+ has been invested in the car in our client’s ownership.
All in this is a very well presented example of an super rare and desirable BMW model.