9k Mile Red Beauty: 1972 BMW 2002

BMW’s 02 Series was available in a variety of exterior paint colors, with the company offering various bright and eye-catching colors for the sporty coupe. This past September, I wrote about an Inka Orange 2002 that was a major project, but this Granada Red 1972 BMW 2002 that’s available here on eBay is on the opposite end of the condition spectrum – it is a beautiful example that needs no work to hit the road.

GR Auto Gallery of Grand Rapids, Michigan offers this BMW for sale. While there isn’t an abundance of information about the vehicle’s history, the seller does mention that this car is mostly original and was well-kept throughout its lifetime.

The Granada Red exterior color suits the car well, and the color-matched hubcaps are also a nice touch. This example did receive an exterior paint respray at some point, but the seller mentions that it was never completely disassembled and that it retains the factory panel fitment. It’s also worth noting that this 2002 features a factory sunroof which operates without issue.

Meanwhile, the interior is very clean and it has the only noticeable change on the vehicle – an aftermarket steering wheel. The seller also believes that the carpet might not be original, but the cabin still features the original seats, dashboard, gauges, headliner, and more. While the seats are original, they have covers, and the seat material has some minor blemishes.

Under the hood, you’ll find BMW’s M10 engine, which is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that pairs to a 4-speed manual transmission to drive the rear wheels. The advertisement mentions that the car has 9,060 miles on its 5-digit odometer, so the vehicle could have 109,060 miles on it. In any case, the seller notes that it “starts with no issue and is wonderful to drive.”

GR Auto Gallery is asking $19,900 for this 2002, though they will consider other offers. Do you think you would buy this 2002, or would you prefer this iconic car in a different exterior hue?

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Comments

  1. CCFisher

    I can understand a repaint or new carpet on a low-mileage car that wasn’t stored properly, but this one appears to have been carefully stored and maintained. 9K or 109K, either way, it’s a lovely example.

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  2. Rex Kahrs Member

    Nice 2002, I really enjoyed mine. But lose that goofy steering wheel, air dam, and luggage rack!

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  3. Mountainwoodie

    Man………..me and dealers…….I know I’m unfair…………..but I can’t stand the hyperbole or um…………….bs.

    I’ve had 2 ’72(3) 2002 WITH factory sunroofs. Sunroofs cannot be said to be ‘rare;…..maybe he/she meant in Michigan. If this has 9k miles with a respray I’m a monkey’s uncle……..well….. my nephew…………….

    Valve cover in black is wrong wrong wrong. As Rex said,,,,,,,,…..steering wheel needs to be trashed……..

    Being an internet know it all I’d say the seat and the one piece carpet pad with inset vinyl under the pedals looks more like an armor all’d 109 k miles carpet.

    All that said, an upfront inspection and a thorough certified mechanical inspection and history are certainly required when anyone much less a dealer wants 20 large for a normally aspirated 02.

    I dont know what it is but I love these models, 72 and 73 with the longer front and rear side bumpers.

    One of mine certainly benefited from the 5 speed getrag I dumped into it. I always felt as if it was lugging a mite with the 4 speed at freeway speeds.

    But then again German engineers with the autobahn in mind built it with a 4 speed…so there’s that, Me vs the Engineers. Any votes for me? I didn’t think so.

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  4. CJinSD

    Are those full wheel covers that have been painted to look like hubcaps and trim rings? Has anyone else ever seen a 2002 with such a wheel treatment?

  5. dougie Member

    damn Woodie. You did kind of burst my bubble. So many of these “originals “ are different shades of gray. I’m kind of an outsider on bimmers, but for a daily driver, I may be down. Did they make a “ti” in ‘02? So is this M10 engine original?
    If you’ve seen my comments before, my pet peeve is quoting 5 digit odometers. If you don’t have provenance, there otta be a law. Good luck to the future owner. I hope it makes you happy!

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