1973 BMW 2002 Turbo [ECC-163]
Low 61K Miles (98,729 km) / Very Clean | VIN : 4291047
One of the legendary first generation Turbo “Bad Boys”, BMW’s 2002 Turbo was the marque’s first turbocharged model. Like many early turbo installations the power characteristics included a fair amount of lag followed by a sensational kick when the boost came on. It is a thrilling car to drive and makes the most of the essential rightness of the 2002 chassis.
We discovered this very clean example in Japan showing only 98,729 km (61,347 miles) on the odometer, overall condition is very good.
Largely original and correct, the body is straight and solid with no rust or evidence if prior rust repairs. Paintwork shows the good luster typical of the best period enamels. Overall the exterior is in very good condition with correct side stripes. The factory riveted on wheel flares are in excellent condition all around. Near new tires are mounted on the original BMW alloy wheels and a full size spare on a matching wheel is in the boot. A discreet spoiler tops the clamshell trunk lid.
Engine compartment is very stock, neat and tidy. The punchy turbo four is mated to a crisp shifting 5-speed dog-leg manual transmission. The exhaust system is new. The car underwent a full review from a BMW specialist who did the following:
- Replaced spark plugs
- New oil, oil filter and air filter, transmission oil and differential oil
- Adjust valves, Adjust timing, Replace points
- Replace drive belts
- Replace tie rods and center link
- Replace oil pan gasket
- Replace battery
- Replace engine and transmission mounts
- Flush out coolant
- Flush out brake fluid
Interior shows well and offers the remarkable visibility and practicality of the 2002 body style. BMW sport seats offer excellent support and present well in the original black vinyl upholstery. Instrumentation includes a turbo boost gauge and analog clock in the special binnacle unique to the 2002 Turbo. . Rear seat offers two comfortable seating positions and is in remarkable condition. The spacious trunk compartment is in great shape fitted with the original carpeted matting.
Overall utility of the design is outstanding and another reason for the general appeal of the 2002 model.
One of only 1,672 made in the short production run, this unit offers the advantages of low miles and very nice, very original condition.