1971 BMW 2002


While BMW’s Neue Klasse sedans turned the company’s fortunes around and introduced the world to the concept of a sports sedan, it was the little, entry-level 1600-2 coupe that would start a legacy of exceptional two-door cars and cement BMW’s popularity in the US. Paired with an upgraded 2.0L M10 engine, the resulting 2002 delivered driving thrills in a compact, attractive package and made its mark in the racing world as well. Today, these coupes are desirable classics that reward their owners with excellent handling and immense charm. 



A January ’71 build, this 2002 was purchased at Continental Motors in Stamford, CT the following May by a Lawrence Tucker, as detailed on the original title. It remained with him until 2011, when the current owner managed to buy it after cycling past the car numerous times over the years. Well-preserved but not running at the time, the BMW underwent a comprehensive mechanical overhaul at Dominick’s European Car Repair in White Plains, NY, with receipts totaling over $11,000. It then received an invitation to the 2016 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and arrived on the show field after painstaking paint preservation work and a refreshed interior. 


The car’s body is remarkably solid and straight, with a warm patina throughout that speaks to years of continuous, loving ownership. Resplendent in Riviera Blue, the car recently underwent extensive improvements at the bodyshop, including a partial front-end respray that matches the rest of the body perfectly. Brightwork and trim were mostly redone during the car’s previous refurbishment and present extremely well. The chrome bumpers boast an excellent finish, and look great with the two large Hella driving lamps mounted above. Correct, restored steel wheels with chrome hubcaps are equally enticing, and a set of 21-spoke alloys are available too. Underneath, the floors, rockers, and spare wheel well are all intact with only minor surface rust here and there.


Inside, this 2002 features fresh carpets along with its stunning original black vinyl seats. A working, period Becker radio takes center stage, while the thin steering wheel and triple gauge dash complete the time capsule effect. A tight, immaculate headliner and lovely door cards are welcome sights, as is the correct, early dash, albeit with a few small splits from sun exposure.


The matching-numbers engine received a full servicing and tune-up at Dominick’s and runs very smoothly with good power. Rebuilt brakes and suspension make the car an absolute joy in the bends, and the four-speed delivers crisp shifts with no synchro issues. Fully-sorted and dependable, the car is ready for a long driving season of backroads wandering, just as it was 47 years ago. 


For sale via a NY transferrable registration, this 2002 is available immediately and located in our showroom. Call (914) 402 5799 or email info@midcenturymotoring.com for more information.