1974 BMW 2002 Turbo
Sold For $145,600Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
Lot Location: Phoenix, Arizona
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 18 - 19 JANUARY 2018
- Offered on Friday
- Recent restoration by BMW specialists GC Motorsports
- Complete with reversed “2002 Turbo” script on front spoiler
- One of only 1,672 produced
Described by one journalist as “a punch in the kidneys,” BMW’s first production turbocharged car, the 2002 Turbo, quickly caught a reputation for being a troublemaker. From outraging the German press with irresponsible cosmetics to tempting fate with a turbo-lag just shy of lethal, the 2002 Turbo ultimately rose to cult status when production ceased with the rise of the ’70s oil crisis.
Part of BMW’s highly successful 02 Series, the 2002 Turbo utilized the 2002 Tii engine. Equipped with a KKK turbocharger and Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection, the Turbo produced a power output of 170 hp, a full 40 hp more than the Tii. BMW claimed a 0–60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. As seen here, the real success of the 2002 Turbo was the brutal “boy-racer” appeal. Riveted-on wheel arches were fitted to house the wider 13-in. wheels, and Motorsport stripes ran down each flank. Across the fender-less front bumper, the reversed script “2002 Turbo” warned the driver ahead of what had just raced into their rearview mirror. This script caused such a fuss with the German press that BMW was forced to abandon it. However, many owners added it after-market – and this Turbo sports that warning proudly.
Recently this 2002 Turbo has had a full restoration by GC Motorsports, with invoices totaling over CAD $49,000. The car was dismantled in preparation for paint and bodywork, and a full engine-out mechanical workup under the hood ensures that it runs better than new. Truly striking, the Turbo has been beautifully prepared for its next tenure, be it at concours events, local gatherings, or on the track, as was intended.
Offered is the opportunity to become one of those few lucky enough to own a real 2002 Turbo, and join that exclusive club of ultimate 2002 owners.