Most Wanted Classic Cars: BMW 2002 (Part 1)

Posted by Steve White on Jun 18, 2012

Introduced in the year 1968, the BMW 2002 was a truly revolutionary car. As the first sports sedan ever built, it proved that a car could be both practical and fun to drive. Throughout its production life, which ended in 1976, the car sold more than 800,000 units. It was finally replaced by the immensely popular 3-Series, which was based on its sports sedan platform. More than four decades later, these sports sedans are still highly sought after, and they have attained a cult following throughout the world.

The BMW 2002 was based on the 1602 platform, and it had a 4-seat layout and a large trunk. Equipped with a powerful engine and excellent suspension, it was capable of remarkable performance. It featured a 2-liter inline-4 engine that could deliver 105 hp, and fully independent front and rear suspension for exceptional handling. A more powerful version of the 2002 was available in the European markets. The 2002ti, with the “ti” meaning “touring international”, came with twin solex carburetors, which increased engine output to about 120 hp. A 300 degree duration camshaft was available as an option to those who wanted even more power.

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