Spotless Driver: 1974 BMW 2002 Tii

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BMW enjoys a well-earned reputation for producing luxury cars but also has a history of building smaller models that provide an engaging driving experience. The E30 version of the M3 proved a giant killer, bringing the company significant motorsport success against potent opposition. This 1974 2002 Tii laid the foundations for cars like the M3, providing surprising performance from a relatively small engine with seemingly modest power. It carries the hallmarks of belonging to someone who enjoys spirited driving, and its presentation is extremely impressive. The only thing it needs is a new home, and it is worth a closer look if you enjoy exploiting a classic to extract the best it has to offer.

BMW released what is known as its “02 Series” in 1966. The car received ongoing updates until the company replaced it with the iconic 3-Series in 1977. The 2002 joined the range in 1968, undergoing a further upgrade to become the 2002 Tii in 1971. Our feature car rolled off the line in 1974, with its Light Graphite Pearl paint providing an understated look. The spotless bright trim offers a striking contrast on a classic with no apparent cosmetic needs. The paint shines beautifully, with a depth of color and shine that guarantees it will turn heads. There are no visible flaws or defects and no evidence of rust from a classic that has spent much of its life in dry locations. The windshield sports a minor crack in one corner, but the remaining glass is crystal clear. The spotless Silver Panasport wheels and BF Goodrich tires offer the first clue that this is a genuine driver’s car.

Lifting the hood provides a further clue that someone sought to maximize this BMW’s handling. The strut brace is a later addition that will eliminate flexing to provide a more positive feel through the wheel. It straddles the 1,990cc fuel-injected M10 four-cylinder powerplant, producing 125hp and 127 ft/lbs of torque. The driver handles shifting duties via a five-speed manual transmission, and the four-wheel independent suspension ensures the car grips tenaciously on winding roads. I describe these cars as giant killers, and the term is appropriate. The engine output figures don’t sound impressive, but this BMW’s ability to cover the ¼-mile in 16.8 seconds will surprise many. The seller describes this German survivor as a joy to drive, a term I find readily believable. It is a turnkey proposition ready to tackle twisting tarmac with a new owner behind the wheel.

The interior provides the final puzzle piece that cements this BMW’s “driver’s car” credentials. Front seat occupants sink into body-hugging Recaro buckets while the driver points this beauty wherever they want with a leather-bound Momo wheel. I typically prefer my classics unmolested, but I understand why someone decided to bolt in the Recaro seats. If you have never used one, you have missed out on one of life’s great motoring pleasures. These seats are superbly comfortable, holding occupants snuggly in their place during hard cornering. They provide excellent lower back and leg support, making them ideal for long journeys and spirited driving. There is an upholstery mismatch between the Recaros and the original back seat, but I would live with that to continue enjoying the wonderful buckets. The CD player is the only other visible addition to an interior that presents well for its age. There is no evidence of significant wear, abuse, or UV damage. The carpet is excellent, and the gauges feature clear lenses and crisp markings.

European classics enjoy a strong following in the market, and this 1974 BMW 2002 Tii graphically demonstrates that. Since the seller listed it here on eBay in Collierville, Tennessee, it has received an impressive forty-eight bids. This action has pushed the price to $24,100, although that figure falls short of the reserve. The car’s overall condition suggests it should reach $30,000 before the hammer falls, but will you be the person to submit the winning bid? I wish you luck if you join the bidding war on this little gem.

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  1. misterlouMember

    Kinda unique to find the square tail light in the US with Euro-spec bumpers.

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  2. JCAMember

    It’s listed on their website for $55k so I don’t think $30k is going to do it

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    • Jason V.

      A tii in this shape is a 50k car all day long.

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    Bought an This exact Model in 1974 3 days after being releases from REED. One of the other wounded guys recommended it. I had never owned any German car , but boy was I impressed with the git of the TII. while I drive only American, my wife drives Audi S cars. The Audi V8’s are a true gym! and beautiful to look at.

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  4. Phil G

    My Dad had one a year or two older with the round tail lights, just when I was learning to drive.
    He got rid of it a couple years later, complaining it was in the shop too often.
    But oh man, as a teenage driver, I was smitten. Sweet, smooth engine, silky std transmission, it would fly over most any any surface- quite a change from the Beetles he always favored.
    One time I was with my friend Andy, going west on Rt 117 in the Boston area. Approaching a railroad crossing that was raised up a bit, I was doing about 65, probably well over the speed limit. When I didn’t slow down for the tracks, Andy became very concerned, hollering at me to slow down…
    Then as we flew over the RR crossing with nary a flinch, his fear turned to amazement! What a car!! Too bad their prices have gone a bit crazy.

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  5. Greg G

    Having owned a 1988 BMW 325I cov. doesn’t make me an all knowing authority on such BMW legends as the 3.0 CSI or 2002Tii amongst other highly prize BMW collectibles. What I do know is this car is a very desirable BMW that’s appreciated with time and would look good in any BMW collectors garage especially one as nice as this one. Awesome BMW 2002Tii.

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  6. RallyeMember

    In the 80’s, I had 2 customers that had these. I also had a few customers with 71 Volvo 142Es. Both make/models were extraordinary for the day.
    One of the Tiis came back to visit years later with a new owner and a Weber downdraft carb. AARRGGG!

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