1971 BMW 2002: No Reserve

BMW 2002

I’m more than a little tempted by this 1971 BMW 2002 here on eBay with no reserve and bidding up to $3,500. The seller portrays this as a very honest car, with a total repaint and a full engine rebuild included in some of the recent maintenance. This seems like a lot of hassle already addressed for the next owner of this highly-original roundie light example. After spotting a formerly-orange 2002 in a junkyard this weekend (it had been brush-painted blue – very sad to see!), I can say this is one of the best colors on any neue klasse BMW. I don’t know where this example will end up bidding-wise, but right now it’s looking like a deal in a condition that you can simply get in and enjoy, and the full album of pictures here show a sorted interior and clean rear shock towers in the trunk. Is it just me, or does this ’71 look way too clean for a no-reserve auction?


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  1. RayT Member

    Sweet! The only thing better than looking at these cars is driving them! Fast enough, responsive handling and — at least for me — everyday-driver comfort levels. People tell me they’re pretty reliable when well-maintained, too.

    I’d be tempted, but would prefer a “before” car so I could either do the necessary work or have it done by someone I trust. But that’s just me.

    I’d also like to know why the owner is selling it after dropping what must have been a fair amount of loot on it. Do they need money? A bigger car? Have a tii or something rarer waiting to take their garage space?

    Gotta love it, though. And I’m better the numbers climb some more before the auction’s over….

  2. James

    I do have a soft spot for a 2002 and orange is just the best color for them. here is my mates 2002tii this was taken when we were on the ferry back from the isle of Bute from buying it.

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  3. Rex Kahrs Member

    I’d like to see the underside photos, as these cars can rust like all the other cars of the 60s and 70s. I have just “finished” my ’75 2002, and yes they are a blast to drive.

    This car will probably reach the high teens with the re-built engine and all the other stuff. I love the steelies and hub caps, and the chrome bumpers, and especially the color. It’s awesome.

  4. Jason

    Already past six thousand dollars!

  5. kenzo

    The picture of the passenger side rocker looks like bubbles are coming through.
    Drivers side rocker looks like some suspect areas as well.
    Back seat looks like a poorly fitted aftermarket upholstery kit and the drivers seat is better but still a mediocre fit.
    For the amount of work gone into it I would hope he has the receipts to back up his claims. Then again it could be like some guys who build hot rods and have receipts for 30 or 40 grand and are asking 20 or 25. Get it all done, drive for a while, novelty is gone as it was more fun building and time for something new.
    You never know.

  6. jim s

    this is going to get costly, it has been up for less then a day and has a lot of interest/bids. if it is rust free and claimed work can verified new owner is going to have a lot of fun. great find.

  7. Another Bob

    That car has got rust. You can see that the spare tire area was painted over rust. My 72’s 2002 is cleaner than this and looked dead solid but I found out that using the factory jack points can make solid disappear fast.

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    • Steven Ligac

      I worked in a VW shop in the air-cooled days. I cannot tell you how many Beetles I saw where the factory jackpoints had been used and the running board had collapsed, leaving the jack to fold over into the door. Ugh!

  8. Jeff Staff

    $7700 and 3 days left – somebody wants it!

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