The BMW 2002 is an iconic automobile, an originator of the model’s fame because the “Final Driving Machine.” Constructed from 1968 to 1972, the landmark mannequin begat many years of Bavarian sports activities sedans. Now, an instance of one of many rarest 2002 variants is arising for public sale in Munich.
Over 420,000 BMW 2002s have been made in whole, however the 1972 BMW 2002 Cabriolet being auctioned by RM Sotheby’s is considered one of simply 200 constructed. Stuttgart’s Karosserie Baur was liable for the conversions, which have been initially carried out with the 2002’s 1.6-liter predecessor, the BMW 1600-2. Baur’s partnership with BMW goes again to the Nineteen Fifties, and the vehicles have been formally bought by way of BMW sellers in Germany.
Nonetheless, Baur had plans to construct what they known as a Prime Cabriolet, which had a hard and fast body and pillars and a detachable roof part. In essence, it was a targa prime, besides Porsche owned the copyright to the Targa title. So when Baur converted to constructing 2002s in 1971, manufacturing of the total droptop continued for less than eight months earlier than the change to the Prime Cabriolet. Over 2,300 of these have been made. As such, the true convertible 2002 Cabriolet is the rarest of the 02 sequence vehicles made by Baur.
Although the motor made solely 99 horsepower, the 2002 weighs only a tad over 2,000 kilos. The stout M10 engine and its descendants would go on to energy generations of BMW vehicles, together with BMW’s Components 1 vehicles and endurance prototypes. With a totally unbiased suspension in any respect 4 corners at a time when most vehicles have been nonetheless strong axle, the 2002 proved to be a nimble, enjoyable to drive runabout.
Its styling was a part of the Neue Klasse designs that will inform the whole lot from E9s to E28s to E30s. This household of vehicles was the primary to include the Hofmeister kink C-pillars as nicely, a design cue that is appeared on BMWs for almost 60 years now. Although the Cabriolet is absent a C-pillar, the material prime nonetheless retains a touch of that dogleg form.
The yellow instance was accomplished on March 31, 1971. The present vendor, who owns a big BMW assortment, purchased it in 2015 and it has been on show since. Immaculate as it might be, it might be prudent for the subsequent purchaser to test the mechanicals totally earlier than driving it. The automobile has no reserve and is predicted to promote between $51,000 and $72,000. Given the truth that the U.S. greenback is buying and selling extraordinarily favorably towards many currencies proper now, it might be the right time so as to add this uncommon gem to your assortment. RM Sotheby’s Munich public sale begins November 26.