Running Copart Project: 1972 BMW 2002

Copart continues to intrigue me as it relates to hobby or collector cars that show up for sale on the internet’s largest salvage yard. This clean 1972 BMW 2002 is a desirable “roundie” round taillight example that doesn’t appear to show any major battle scars and is already commanding a good price. Find it here on Copart with bidding at $7,400. 

The Copart page gives potential buyers relatively few details, other than runs/drives and any damage noted limited to scratches and dents. In Copart-speak, this may as well mean it’s a completely restored car, because all it’s really saying is that it isn’t a write-off from the insurance company. I think I spy some rust poking out from behind the passenger-side rear wheel arch, but that could be an optical illusion. Great to see the original hubcaps still in place.

The interior presents as honestly as the exterior, with some minor wear, noted on the driver’s seat. The dash appears to be crack-free and the original steering wheel and shift knob are strong indicators this ’02 was never someone’s modified project. It also appears to have the desirable OEM floormats and no major alterations due to a later stereo install. Things look about as good inside the car as they do around the exterior.

While not as exciting as a desirable Tii, there’s nothing wrong with a survivor-grade 2002 of any configuration. One of our in-house experts will have to confirm if this 2002 is painted in the popular color of Fjord Blue; it looks like it to me but I’m not positive. The bidding right now represents a potential bargain, and if you’re in the northeast, you can inspect this Copart find in person somewhere in their “Boston – North Region” network.


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  1. RayT Member

    I see rust too, Jeff. And mold. And more rust in the engine bay.

    I could be wrong, but I wonder if this has been flooded….

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  2. flmikey

    I agree, Ray…there must be a reason it ended up at CoPart, and not on Ebay for a much higher price…

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  3. Dolphin Member

    Not perfect, but shockingly intact, appealing, and affordable—so far—for a Copart car in the rust belt. But a look underneath and a startup would be essential.

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  4. Pat Gill

    In the UK private sellers can put cars into a copart auction, usually they are cars that are in trouble, missing a gearbox or with a blown engine etc. but you do get a few classics that people in the car trade have come across and want to offload,

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  5. Collin

    Yup, that’s Fjord. Looks like the non-patina’d version of my buddy Paul’s ’72 tii.

  6. Tedfromohio

    One plus for selling on Copart is you know you will be paid. Prices on Copart can be shockingly high and my experience is that you don’t get the flakey buyers who don’t pay like you do on eBay.

  7. Spud

    Any idea why the car would have had bidding up to $7500 yesterday – when the auction was supposed to end – and now continues to be listed with bidding only at $500? Is that a sign that a reserve price was not met? I’m not terribly familiar with Copart auctions.

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