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SOLD Teutonic Terror: 1972 BMW 2002tii

German / Preferred / 32 Comments

David E. Davis’s seminal BMW 2002 review brought the brand to the attention of American enthusiasts. In it he states unequivocally that the BMW 2002 is “most certainly the best $2850 sedan in the whole cotton-picking world.” The German newspaper Auto Bild called it “the whispering bomb”. And that referred to the 2002 back in 1969. This California Bimmer is a 2002tii. I fear what Auto Bild might have called this one. Okay, I like the color although the interior may be a little too much blue for my taste. But I wouldn’t turn down this one for monochromatic-ness if that is a word. Its got everything including a sunroof (mine didn’t and I missed it) and A/C (a Cali necessity). And if it all works, as it should, this could be the one to catch.

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And this is a fully documented California car with a good amount of paperwork to support continued attention to maintenance and subtle upgrades. The seller states it is a 5-speed and although nice to have on highway cruises, it didn’t come that way. But that, like the blue interior wouldn’t turn me away.IMG_0384

The engine compartment like the rest of the car look tidy. The engine is original to the car with working Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection. I prefer this set-up to the common Weber replacements but that’s just me. An electronic ignition is a smart upgrade even though the red box in the sea of blue and aluminum is a bit jarring. No biggie. In a good state of tune we’re talking 130 H.P on tap.IMG_0366

The interior is original and in good nick. I like the exclusive to tii analog clock to the right of the gauge pod. We have a nice upgrade in a wood Nardi wheel and I think it an appropriate period correct upgrade. The big, chunky factory wheel wasn’t a thing of beauty IMHO. And the seats look great and that’s a good thing for a California car; although the sun did cause a small crack on the otherwise perfect dash.IMG_0350

The seller made note with this picture of a trunk detail. What that says to me is the seller has an eye for quality in places not often seen; to me a good sign and enough to put me over the edge. Blue interior and all.

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