SOLD – 1973 BMW 2002 Cabriolet by Baur

  • Only one former keeper since registration in the UK in 1973.
  • One of just 94 RHD examples, and one of 50 Baur Cabriolets remaining in the UK.
  • Beautiful half-leather interior in original ‘dog tooth’ pattern.
  • Very extensive history file from new.
  • Manual gearbox

The BMW 2002 series represents an important step in BMW’s history for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was the car that saved the company from near bankruptcy in the 1960’s, and secondly made great waves across the pond, putting BMW firmly on the map in the United States.

It was produced from 1968 to 1976 and laid foundations for its ancestral grandfather: the BMW 3 Series. German BMW importer Max Hoffman suggested to BMW’s engineering director that a 2.0 litre engine should be installed into the small two-door 1602 to improve performance and emissions. The director argued that a larger motor would not fit, but Hoffman was sure that it would, saying that if he refused to put the motor in, Hoffman would personally take a car and the new engine to George Meier (a famous motorcycle racer) for installation. Almost immediately this brought action – and the resulting 2002 (named after the new motor’s displacement) proved very popular in its first year on sale.

This particular ‘Turkis Green’ BMW 2002 has a manual gearbox and is one of just 354 right-hand drive examples, with just 260 being the earlier models with round tail lights such as this. With just 94 built for the UK, only around 50 Baur Cabriolets remain in the UK, and this one is an excellent specimen of the conversions by coachbuilder Karosserie Baur at a time when open-top motoring was rare.

Having covered around 130,000 miles since new, this BMW 2002 Baur Cabriolet has only had one former keeper since the vehicle was registered in the UK in 1973. It has done relatively few miles for a 45 year-old and has had very stringent regular servicing throughout its life, proven by yearly servicing paperwork in the history file from 1976 onwards.

The extensive paperwork also shows that this BMW 2002 has had some light restoration work done in the late eighties and mid-nineties by the then-owner’s local independent garage, with OEM parts supplied by the local BMW dealership. The bodywork and chrome still look impressive, with straight panels and good paint finish (some panels were re-sprayed to a high standard in the mid / late 80s). The hood is in excellent order and the engine bay presents as very original and could be detailed and taken to a high standard.

The 2-litre engine runs superbly, delivering impressive performance and a sharp gear change. The car also handles well, with sharp brakes and a well-maintained setup.

The interior is also very original, with half-leather seats in the original ‘dog tooth’ patterned material.  The original owner’s wallet with service book (with stamps up to 116,000 miles) is included in the file, along with the original sale brochure, early Vehicle Registration Document and many MOT certificates.

This is a rare model, has had substantial work carried out making it perfect for regular use, general classic car driving and can be taken to show, rallies and events with pride.

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