For around $45,000, you could buy a brand-new BMW 335i with it’s fancy twin-turbo inline-6, iDrive, and plenty of plush amenities and Bangleness. Â You could also buy a very low-mile 1974 2002 Turbo, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, some gauges, a steering wheel, and some nasty (in the good way) fender flares Â and spoilers. Â Which would you go for? Â I know my answer.
We can all agree that the 2002 is an amazing car that forever changed what a sedan could be, but the 2002 Turbo is just in a different league. Â Reasons it stands alone: 170hp; 5-speed dogleg; limited-slip diff; M Stripes. Â I also love the tall greenhouse on the squat body, the center exhaust, and the all-business yet inviting interior. Â This beautiful 2002 was originally owned by a Japanese F1 driver and painted black then later brought to the US and redone in the appropriate Polaris Silver with lots of OEM refurbishing. Â I’ve seen these in black, and it’s something special, but this original hue is gorgeous. Â Though unverified, it looks like it’s covered a scant 17,000 miles.Â Â Much time and money has gone into making this a fantastic example, just one of 1672, of the awesome Turbo. Â I don’t know the market for such a time piece and will admit that $45k is a lot, but it’s a lovely, rare BMW, one that laid the groundwork for all of BMW’s souped-up sports sedans to follow.