Wednesday, April 18, 2012

1971 BMW 2002 - An Almost Modern 40 Year Old Car

The BMW 2002 is one of the few 40 year old cars I would recommend as a daily driver. It's well built, simple to work on and a lot of fun to drive.

All that said, it's still a 40 year old car. Cars have come a long way in 40 years. Unless you're a serious car geek - or coming from another 40 year old car - the noise, lack of effective air conditioning, relatively poor lighting, etc., etc., would probably start to grate on you after awhile.

That's what makes this car so impressive. Many of those issues have been addressed and it's all been done without changing the basic looks and goodness of the car.

From the ad: The goal in updating this well preserved original 2002 car was to make it an original 2002 with hidden and subtle upgrades that make the car sharper and more modern to drive but fully in spirit of a 2002 of 1972. Summary of features include 292 Cam with all new top end of engine, black headliner and black carpet to resemble M car styling, Euro vinyl in theme of original Tobacco style buckskin interior but nicer, including matching package tray. New modern AC system, all new heater blower and fan system, high end ipod stereo, bluetooth phone, black carpet and headliner, detailed trunk to match and much more.

They also added a stitched leather wrapped dash, BMW Turbine wheels with new Bridgestone radials, a larger upgraded hi-flow exhaust, Tii exhaust manifold, new brakes, sound deadening, re-did the electrics, added Hella style driving lights and more.

Essentially, this is now a 40 year old car that most likely feels like a very, very well taken care of 10 - 20 year old car. You could easily drive it everyday. Best of all, it still looks like a 40 year old, unmodified car. There's nothing wrong with that.

Located in Dallas, TX, click here to see the eBay listing.

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