1975 BMW 2002 4-Speed

Now available for auction is this 1975 BMW 2002 finished in Sahara over a tan vinyl interior.  Created following Max Hoffman’s request for a sporting version of BMW’s 02 Series, the 2002 is widely regarded as the car that brought BMW to the forefront of the U.S. automotive market.  This 1975 example was sold new in South Carolina where it had spent its entire life before moving to San Diego shortly before the seller’s purchase in 2017.  It has since been relocated back to the Carolinas where the seller has carried out extensive refurbishment including suspension upgrades and a full rebuild of the engine. Accompanied by service documentation dating back to 1977, this 2002 has traveled approximately 1k miles on the rebuilt engine and is now being offered for auction by its seller out of North Carolina. 

This 2002 wears its original color of Sahara and the seller reports some minor dings and signs of road-going wear throughout the exterior, detailed images are provided in the photo gallery.  The wheel wells, fenders, radiator support, quarter panels, doors, trunk, and spare tire compartment are all reported to be free of rust, although surface corrosion is noted around some trim pieces.  The glass is believed to be original, and the windshield has a small crack on the passenger side. The battery tray and driver’s side frame rail were previously replaced following a battery leak. Some of the rocker panel trim has been secured with screws by the previous owner. The seller has added a pair of Hella 150-series driving lights under the front bumper, which are connected to a relay and switch in the center console. This 2002 rides on 14” BMW Style 13 “bottlecap” wheels which are said to have been dressed in new Ohtsu tires within the last year.

The tan vinyl interior features a black dashboard, newer floor mats, a fitted dashboard cover, and an upgraded Alpine Bluetooth stereo. The headliner, visors, and door panels are all stated to be in good condition while the dashboard exhibits some cracks. The seat adjustments work well, but the seatback release mechanisms are said to require some effort to operate. The windows open and close properly and the door stops have been recently replaced.

This 2002 is powered by a BMW M10 inline 4-cylinder engine which was completely rebuilt and upgraded in 2018.  The block was hot tanked, bored, honed, and checked for cracks. The crank, rods, and pistons were reconditioned and balanced. The cylinder head received a minor port and polish, ARP head studs, a 292-grind camshaft by Elgin, a ported intake manifold to match the head, and all new valves, retainers, and springs. Ireland Engineering exhaust headers were installed and paired with a full custom exhaust system. The factory carburetor system was replaced with a Weber 38/38 with an electronic choke. The electrical system was upgraded with an Ireland Engineering electronic distributor and a Bosch blue ignition coil. New alternator bushings, a new water pump, and rebuilt oil pump were also installed. The 4-speed manual transmission has been replaced and fitted with a new clutch and throw-out bearing.  The suspension has been upgraded with Eibach lowering springs, ST sway bars, Bilstein shocks, and polyurethane bushings in the front end. The front brakes have received upgraded discs and pads, and the rear brakes have been cleaned and adjusted. A slight oil leak has been reported when the car sits for several days and is suspected to be coming from the differential case.  This 2002 is reported by the seller to be in strong mechanical order while generating approximately 140 HP from the upgraded engine.

This sale will include a collection of records and invoices, a toolkit, an assortment of spare parts, and a clean title.  With its upgraded engine, suspension and comprehensively documented history, this BMW 2002 makes an excellent selection for any driving enthusiast in search of a classic European sports car.

Auction Results

  • Buy now purchase price: $22,000
  • Auction End: 2021-06-28 17:01:01+00:00
  • Number of Offers: 5
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Comments (35)

  • Buyer from Dundee, MI (48131) 1 month, 1 weekago

    Purchased for $22,000

  • $17,500 offer from unknown location 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Offer in the amount of $17,500

  • $16,500 offer from Lisle, IL (60532) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Offer in the amount of $16,500

  • $15,500 offer from Lisle, IL (60532) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Offer in the amount of $15,500

  • $15,000 offer from unknown location 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Offer in the amount of $15,000

  • SummerYellow (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @dbl02 I assume you can still use contact seller, let me know if you're interested.
    Underwhelming auction way below reserve...

  • dbl02 (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @SummerYellow Yes, that was the best view I saw of it. Thought a closeup would be helpful. I’m in NC but a couple hours away.

  • SummerYellow (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @dbl02 I think pic 127 shows it and looks like someone damaged it with a lift, I just noticed that.
    The last thing done before it was put on the transporter for the trip to NC was upper strut bearings replaced and that must have been when it happened. Pretty pissed now that I see that and the shop didn't mention it.

  • Edshefld (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @PCARMARKET thank you

  • Edshefld 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $13,202

  • PCARMARKET 1 month, 2 weeksago

    refresh and enter the bid

  • rsbuys 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $12,252

  • Edshefld (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    meant 13202 please fix!!!

  • dbl02 (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Can you share a closeup of the replaced frame rail? Heater fan work at all speeds? Thanks!

  • Edshefld (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $132,002

  • Falky 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $12,002

  • Edshefld 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $11,000

  • rsbuys 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $10,150

  • rsbuys 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $9,900

  • HlPlinker 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $9,650

  • rsbuys 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $8,925

  • SummerYellow (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Wow - a repainted '74 sunroof car just sold for $30K elsewhere...pretty nice similar condition not much new stuff beyond 15" wheels and tires.
    Opportunity knocks!

  • HlPlinker 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $8,675

  • rsbuys 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $8,250

  • SummerYellow (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Good morning everyone and thanks to those who have commented and bid so far, hope to see a bunch more activity in the next few hours. Please feel free to hit the "Contact Seller" button if you want specific info before bidding, I'll be watching all day.

  • santana86 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $8,000

  • HlPlinker 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $7,100

  • SummerYellow (seller) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    @FasttrackJack Thanks for your comments and hope to see you bidding! 3 BMW’s is good and 4 would be even better especially if you don’t have a 2002 already.
    While I didn’t save the broken door brake bits I do have the 35 year old Carrera shocks that you see in early pics and the invoice from installation- truly collectible right?

  • FasttrackJack (registered bidder) 1 month, 2 weeksago

    Summer Yellow you have really done right by this car... it is beautiful with all the right mechanical refresh and improvements. So tempted to bid... I already have 3 BMW's... none as nice as this though... GLWTA... I may be back to bid.

    btw... Nice pictures with Lake Norman in the background

  • SummerYellow (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Thanks for your bid Falky.
    I see almost 3,000 views and 25 saves so hoping there's more bidders out there!
    I'm confident that if you've been looking to get into a 2002 this is one of the better deals out there as it's already sorted and has no real needs to drive and show off. While every car is a candidate for restoration this has so much originality and character I couldn't go down that road.
    Here's my pitch on BMW 2002 FAQ:
    Solid original body and paint car with just the right patina to prove it.
    Owner history and extensive service records back to 1975. The car was always someone's daily driver and always cared for to keep it on the road. Fortunately never crashed or painted.
    It now has a mild street build motor, new clutch, Eibach springs, ST sway bars, Bilstiens, R1 Concept discs and pads with new calipers . Braided stainless brake lines, new bushings, motor mounts.
    Vintage Hella driving lights, H4 headlights, Nardi "Personal" steering wheel. 14" Bottlecap wheels with new OHTSU tires. Assorted spare parts and removed original parts.
    Really fun car looks box stock in and out.

  • Falky 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $5,888

  • SummerYellow (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Thanks for the bid HlPlinker.
    A few things to add to the listing; headlights are H4's, that's a fitted car cover rolled up in the trunk and is included with sale. The engine build included 2 part epoxy paint on the block and powder coat for the oil pan which has an Ireland Engineering baffle welded in to keep oil down low around the pickup. The heater/defroster and fan all work. There is a binder included with all service records dating back to 1977 and of course all receipts from work I've done since getting the car in 2017. The "vintage" key fob from Foreign Car Clinic can be negotiated! That came with my second 02 owned from '82-'85 when I lived in NY.
    Here's a link to a short drive done yesterday : https://vimeo.com/561403826

  • HlPlinker 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $5,100

  • SummerYellow (seller) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Hi PhilD - Yes I believe the paint to be original over the vast majority of the car if not all of it.
    On the battery acid situation there was some corrosion on the back side of the front valance that has a fiberglass repair maybe about a 3" area. Good catch and I suspect that is the reason for the lighter color paint along the lower edge. Almost contradicted my previous claim of original paint!
    Just part of the 45 year history of the car I guess.
    I'll be watching the auction closely for the next week and available to answer any questions.
    The car can be seen if you're interested just let me know. I've got about 250 pics and a couple of video clips from driving also.
    Looking forward to see how this shakes out, it's really a solid fun car.

  • PhilD (registered bidder) 1 month, 3 weeksago

    Hi, great looking car. I am also a member of 2002 FAQ and seen your listing letting folks know about the listing here. For clarification....on the FAQ you say the car wears its original paint. On the auction listing it says original color.
    Another question is the driverside frame rail that was replaced due to the battery issue. Was the front nose damaged at all and if it was how was it addressed?


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1975 BMW 2002 4-Speed
Purchase price: $22,000