The BMW 2002 (and 1600) was a compact sports executive car built from 1966 through 1977 on a shortened version of BMW’s “New Class” sedan platform. It used a traditional front inline-engine rear-wheel drive setup with a transmission in the middle…you know, standard stuff for 95% of the vehicles built before it. It worked well, […]
You don’t find many sub $20k BMW 2002s floating around for sale these days, at least not ones that aren’t complete rust buckets or in some sad state of disassembly. If today’s example isn’t hiding some serious rust somewhere, then it is a spanking good deal. These BMW 2002s are fun to drive, have decent […]
Remember when I was ranting about how expensive cars like the BMW 2002 have gotten? When was that? Earlier today? Oh, my bad. Anyway, time to eat my shoe because I found a reasonably priced classic European sports machine. It might be ugly, but it is cheap. Find this 1975 BMW 2002 offered for $4,500 […]
The cheapest BMW 2002s in California are always from the 1976 model year and it isn’t anything to do with the styling or features on the car…but it does have to do with California’s arcane smog laws. You see, if a car was born in or before 1975 then you can drive it around with […]
I always cringe a bit when I see someone describe a car as having “a little rust”. Just how much is “a little”? The problem is that one man’s patina is another man’s panic attack. When I saw this next car, I was immediately attracted to the low price and 10-foot appearance, but any potential […]
You don’t find many sub $10k BMW 2002s floating around for sale these days, at least not ones that aren’t complete rust buckets or in some sad state of disassembly. If today’s example isn’t hiding some serious rust somewhere, then it is a spanking good deal. Find this 1974 BMW 2002 offered for $8000 in […]
The BMW 2002 shouldn’t need much of an introduction to any car guy (or gal), but if you’ve been living under a rock — let me explain. German styling, good reliability, good handling, rugged 4-cylinder engine, daily driveable classic…all for a decent price. Today’s 2002 is on the high end of the price we’d like […]
I hate to be the crazy guy who shouts things up at your window from the street..again…but here I am. And I’ve got two important things to say. First is, if you want a BMW 2002, get one now before they become stupidly expensive and the second is that somebody should start making high-end modified 2002s in the same way that Icon restores Broncos or Singer restores 911s. Oh. Wait, I think I just figured it out. If builders start making $150k restomod 2002s, then the $5k rust buckets will become $20k rust buckets like 911s or vintage Broncos. Forget I ever said this. I was never here. Find this 1974 BMW 2002 offered for $14,500 in Upland, CA via craigslist.
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 Rramjet.
The BMW 2002 (1968-1976) was one of those hidden classics that wasn’t expensive to buy, maintain, or drive on a regular basis. Prices shot up a few years ago and now the Tii version is stupidly expensive, but you can still find the occasional basic 2002 for a reasonable chunk of cash. Today’s next example has a Gulf Racing paint scheme and some rust, but has some potential. Find this 1974 BMW 2002 offered for $8,500 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.