Without question, the 2002 is the definitive small sports sedan and the car that defined BMW as the company it is today. The 2002 has its roots in the “New Class” of medium range family sedans first offered as the 1500 series in 1962-1964. Utterly conventional, the “three-box” sedan would become the first of a long line of BMWs to use a sturdy, imminently tunable, four-cylinder overhead cam engine. The engine, as installed, was canted over 30 degrees to the right side of the engine bay, allowing space for multi-choke carburetion and, eventually, fuel injection.
BMW’s crowning achievement of the sports sedan concept to-date, and the car which perhaps best justified the company motto “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” is the 2002tii. Produced from 1971-1975, BMW built 38,703 of the special 2002s dubbed “tii.” “Ti” simply denotes touring international, while the additional “i” refers to Kugelfischer fuel injection, giving the car a 30 hp boost over its carbureted stable-mate.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
130 hp, 1,990 cc inline OHC four-cylinder engine, Kugelfischer fuel injection, four-speed manual synchromesh transmission, independent front suspension, coil springs, McPherson struts, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers, independent rear suspension, coil springs, semi-trailing arms, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers. Wheelbase: 98.4".
Source: RM Auctions