Much loved: ’72 BMW 2002
Some of the world’s greatest cars are happy accidents. The BMW 2002 is one of them. Helmut Bönsch, BMW’s director of product planning, and Alex von Falkenhausen, designer of the M10 engine, each had a two litre engine installed in a 1600-2 for their personal use. When they realized they had both made the same modification to their own cars, they prepared a joint proposal to BMW’s board to manufacture a two litre version of the 1600-2. Max Hoffman, the US Distributor got wind of it and pushed it through. 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. Today’s offering is so sweet. It is a 55,000 mile original car in Granada Red with black interior. Just the way you want to find one. It was a much-loved sedan of a wealthy woman from Carmel, California. By the time the current owner acquired the car, it needed quite a bit of mechanical work to make it road worthy. The seller was smart enough to treat it right not leaving anything to chance by using inferior parts. The list of work is impressive. The seller states he has fallen in love with another car and must sell. We want to know what that car is because it must be something really special. If you ever wanted one, open up the checkbook and go after this one. Click here for the listing.