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1976 BMW 2002 Turbo Widebody

As it goes with art and film, creating a tribute to the original doesn’t always go over well in the automotive world. Everyone values originality, but sometimes the budget dictates otherwise. Take the BMW 2002 Turbo. This was a rare piece in its day, but had a profound impact on the brand before the advent of the mainstream BMW M car. To buy one today would require one to pony up a good deal more than what a normal 2002 would cost, provided you could source one. But, what about creating your own?

I’ve come across a few 2002 Turbo recreations, some better than others, but I think this particular 2002 Turbo clone for sale in Michigan takes the cake. The 2002 Turbo was a wild enough concept to begin with that the arresting shade of Porsche Signal Green seems ideally suited to this car’s demeanor.


Year: 1976
Model: 2002 Turbo Widebody
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 100,0000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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VIN: 2375783
Before I begin I would encourage all serious buyers to contact me directly at: 517-425-0129. Although this is a 7 day auction I reserve the right to end auction early as car is for sale locally.

You are looking at probably one of the more thorough 2002 custom builds out there. This 1976 BMW 2002 combines a beautiful and aggressive appearance, and backs it up with well-done drivetrain/mechanicals front to rear. Definitely an eye catching color in Porsche Signal Green (as seen on GT3 RS), sharp interior combo of black and suede, and of course the turbocharged motor. Recently finished build, just attended its first showing at EuroHangar 2013 and was voted one of the top 15 cars in a field of almost 400. Overall we’ve been very pleased with the response to the car and it’s certainly the only one you’ll find in this desirable combination. Description as follows:

* Professionally built custom themed interior: Black and suede + green stitching / accents throughout
* Vintage Recaro Sport Seats
* Turbo embroidered headrests
* Custom console with VDO gauges
* VDO electronic tach and speedo
* Aluminum pedals
* Momo steering wheel
* Momo shift knob
* Very nice salt and pepper custom carpet, courtesy of “Esty”
* New headliner
* Interior completely sound deadened with Dynamat

* Base coat/clear coat finish in Porsche 911 GT3 signal green
* All new weather strip throughout
* Factory OEM turbo fascia and flares
* Fiberglass Euro style rear bumper
* Custom graphics inspired by BMW’s original 2002 Turbo graphics
* OEM turbo trunk spoiler
* Flush fit Euro side markers
* Rear taillights upgraded to LED

* BMW M42 engine + turbo/intercooler
* Aluminum radiator with electric fan
* 5 speed trans with short shift linkage
* 3.90 limited slip rear diff
* Wilwood big brake kit (front)
* Rear drums converted to disc-brakes
* Bilstein shocks
* H&R performance lowering springs
* Front and rear strut braces
* Front and rear sway bars
* Battery relocated to trunk
* Factory turbo stub axles
* Custom 2″ exhaust with rear center exit
* BBS RS 15×8.5 15×9.0 wheels, professionally built to our custom specs (polished lips, all new hardware, gloss black PC barrels, gorgeous charcoal gray PC faces/waffles, etc… no expense spared)
* Hancook RS3 high-performance tires, 225/45/15 all the way around

Please take the time to review all the pics. Don’t hesitate to call with further questions: 517-425-0129. I also have contact with a reasonable shipping company and would be glad to assist. Vehicle offered by Rare Rides, a licensed MI dealer.


We featured an original 2002 Turbo for sale at $51,000 back in February. Good originals or restored 2002 Turbos today are fetching in the $50,000 to $70,000. Given the build quality of this example, I’d suspect the seller is looking for a figure somewhere around that mark.

It’s not an original, but I have to say this is one of my favorite 2002s I’ve ever come across. Everything from the M42 turbo engine to the BBS wheels set this car apart. This car almost looks like Magnus Walker of restomod Porsche 911 fame could have laid his hands on it. Having an original 2002 Turbo would be awesome, but you might always have that fear of devaluing it in the back of your mind. A modern take on a classic vehicle may be the way to go, as you can enjoy the looks and performance without the preservation issues.



  1. Zlatan Skrgic
    Zlatan Skrgic July 15, 2013

    I don’t know if I said it before but I like what you guys do even though I may not agree with your opinions all the time. Of course, who’s to say that my opinion is correct one.

    About this car. Like some otherwise very nice engine builds, this builder also places air filter in the engine bay. Am I missing something here? While I understand that’s probably not easy to design custom and functional cold air intake, why go to expense and time to create such a beautiful car like this and then lose HP due to hot air intake. I can’t be the only one who’d be bothered with this.

  2. Lewis
    Lewis July 15, 2013

    I agree with Zlatan, air intake does not look optimum and one can imagine cooking the turbo or leaning out the mixture with all that hot air from the exhaust manifold. I have bought a couple of beautiful “wrenched” cars that seem to be the height of performance and are detailed to the max, and then been disappointed in day to day driving. This makes me think this is a car I might drive a few times and then re-list it on ebay because I’m not utilizing it. Driving it at 5/10th’s might be completely illegal, so it may be frustrating day to day. Give me a stock 2002 with fuel injections and let me wring it out. That may be truly more fun.

  3. Poorhouse
    Poorhouse July 16, 2013

    Great looking car.

    It’s nice to see a Turbo replica with a turbo under the hood.

  4. Dallas
    Dallas July 16, 2013

    Oh. Wow. Awesome car.

    Regarding the air intake, it’s a turbo. Intake charge is pressurised anyway. I don’t think you guys really need to worry too much about it. Besides, if anything, hot intake charge would RICHEN the mixture, not lean it out, because hot air is less dense than cold air.

  5. KevinR
    KevinR July 16, 2013

    The thing about this car, at least externally, is that it seems to be formulaic. I have seen the same body, spoiler, wheel and stripe combination on several different cars. Google “Rare Rides 2002” and click images. You’ll see the same basic exterior look in black, blue, red, orange and now green. It’s a nice look, but for this kind of money it probably shouldn’t immediately remind me of those other cars.

  6. Dallas
    Dallas July 17, 2013

    Spammers abound. Gotta moderate those comments ^^, this is getting ridiculous.

  7. Paul
    Paul July 17, 2013

    Thanks Dallas, I went through and did a clean up of all the spam this morning. Not surprising, the more we grow the more of this starts flowing in…


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