Scruffy Daily: 1974 BMW 2002

A rough but drivable BMW 2002 is one of the few vintage classics that you might want to both own and drive. What do I mean by that? There are some classics cars that you really want to own, but not drive — mint condition classics come to mind (can’t let the kids get gummy snacks in the classic honey, let’s take your minivan on our coastal road trip), or something Italian that’ll leave you stranded the first chance it gets or anything with an aircooled VW engine. And then there are classic cars that you really want to drive, but don’t feel the urge to own — something with a high strung engine and 5-figure repair bills waiting to bite ya (like a Ferrari) or a Mazda Miata with super low miles on the odometer. But within the world of classic cars there is this sweetspot of cars that you want to own because of the upsides of appreciation and ease of maintenance, AND you want to drive because they are fun. This scruffy looking BMW is the thing. Find this 1974 BMW 2002 offered for $8000 in Austin, TX via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.

From the seller:

1974 Bmw 2002
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 46000
paint color: custom
title status: clean
transmission: manual
Looking to sell my 74 bmw 2002, it is an all original car with numbers matching engine and everything. It was sitting since 1986 before I acquired it and did the work necessary to make the car drive.

Here’s a list of parts replaced by me brand new

Clutch master cylinder

clutch slave cylinder

driveshaft center support bearing

driveshaft flex disc

trans mount

water pump

all new Radiator and water pump hoses

alternator bushing

fuel filter + fuel hoses

Petronix ignition system + new cap and rotor

transmission flush

differential flush

oil change

alternator belt

shifter bushings

Possibly missing stuff, the car runs and drives but is not inspected or registered. Will be working on that next. Text me to come see it.

Would be a great car to be restored. The body is straight with hardly any dents and the floor pans have almost zero rust, just one small spot in the spare tire well

See a better way to drive a fun classic?