The BMW car The 2002 is an iconic car, giving rise to the brand’s reputation as the “Ultimate Driving Machine”. Built between 1968 and 1972, this landmark model marked the birth of Bavarian sports sedans for decades. Now an example of one of 2002’s rarest variants is coming auction In Munich.
A total of more than 420,000 BMW 2002 were produced, but 1972 BMW 2002 Cabriolet auctioned by RM Sotheby’s was one of only 200 built. Stuttgart’s Karosserie Baur is responsible for the conversion, which was originally made with the 2002’s 1.6-liter predecessor, the BMW 1600-2. Baur’s partnership with BMW dates back to the 1950s and these cars are officially sold through BMW. authorized dealer In Germany.
However, Baur has plans to build what they call the Top Cabriolet, which has a fixed frame and columns and a removable roof. In essence, it’s a top targa, except porsche owns the copyright to the name Targa. So when Baur moved on to building 2002s in 1971, production of the full convertible only continued for eight months before moving on to the Top Cabriolet. More than 2,300 of them were made. Thus, the real 2002 Cabriolet convertible is the rarest car in the 02 series produced by Baur.
Although the engine only makes 99 horsepower, the 2002 weighs a little over 2,000 pounds. The powerful engine M10 and its descendants will continue to power generations of BMW cars, including BMW Formula 1 cars and durability prototype. With fully independent suspension at all four corners at a time when most cars were still solid axles, the 2002 proved to be a fast and fun car.
Its styling is part of the Neue Klasse design that will inform everything from the E9 to the E28 to the E30. This model is also the first to incorporate Hofmeister folding C-pillars, a design feature that has appeared on BMWs for nearly 60 years. Even though the Cabriolet doesn’t have a C-pillar, the fabric upper retains a bit of that dogleg shape.
The yellow model was completed on March 31, 1971. The current seller, who owns a large BMW collection, purchased it in 2015 and it has been on display ever since. No matter how perfect, the next buyer should carefully inspect the mechanical system before driving it. The car has no reserves and is expected to sell between $51,000 and $72,000. Given the fact that the US dollar is currently trading extremely favorably against many currencies, this could be the perfect time to add this rare gem to your collection. The RM Sotheby’s Auction in Munich begins November 26.