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Roll the Dice: ‘1973’ BMW 2002 Turbo

The 2002 Turbo is not the type of car that you typically ‘roll the dice’ on. With asking prices for many at or over $100,000 today, they’re one of the established royalty of the storied halls of BMW. The KKK turbocharged slapped on the M10 resulted in a Corvette-killing 170 horsepower in the mid-70s. This was cutting-edge technology as one of the first turbocharged production cars and required the efforts of BMW’s Motorsport division to pull it all off. With just 1,672 produced, they’re rare as proverbial hens’ teeth too.

Yet here is a claimed example that has been restored and is being offered at no reserve, with bids sitting at just $13,100 at time of writing. Is this the deal of the century, or is something amiss?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: ‘1973’ BMW 2002 Turbo on eBay

Year: 1974
Model: 2002 Turbo
VIN: 4290488
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 51,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

Retains its numbers-matching engine and is equipped with the highly desirable 5-spd (dogleg) manual transmission ,Entering restoration as a very solid, complete, matching and honest example, the Turbo would receive a meticulous complete nut-and-bolt restoration to concours standards over the course of a year. Aside from the gorgeous cosmetic finishes it now displays, the 2002’s mechanical and electrical components were fully addressed, including new engine internals and wiring. This 2002 fully exemplifies quality craftsmanship and panache as certainly the finest 2002 Turbo we have ever seen. The BMW comes complete with original Owner’s Manual, Turbo Supplement, BMW European Service Directory, 1974 German Service Directory and Warranty Booklet in vinyl folio, Model Repair Book, BMW Classic Certificate of Authenticity, Original German Title Copy
This particular Turbo has yet to be concours shown or vintage toured and will surely provide abundant opportunities for its next caretaker to enjoy

If you’re clever, you’ve already noted one problem – 2002 Turbos were all produced starting after 1974, making the ‘1973’ hard to claim. There were 12 pre-production ’73s, but it’s unlikely this is one of those cars. But it’s not the first time I’ve seen one claimed to be a ’73:

Roll the Dice? “1973” BMW 2002 Turbo

So, a search of the VIN revealed that this car does appear in the sequence for 2002 Turbos. The site I checked lists it as a ’74. Strange, right? But more strange is the apparently lack of detail. The description almost seems intentionally vague or written by a foreigner. There are no close-up shots of what appears to be a beautiful car, but a few things stand out – first, the reversed ‘obrut’ decal was properly only fit to early cars and that matches the side-exit exhaust, which was moved to the center on late examples. Also, the Alpina turbine wheels – while a great match – are technically not correct and it’s strange that they’re not mentioned when the optional 5-speed manual is. There are no underbody, underhood, or interior shots (or link to a gallery) provided. In true ‘Catfish’ style, I reverse searched a few of the images and while one did pop up on a few Russian sites I was reticent to click on, most were not hits.

So is it worth a roll of the dice? Well, if it’s real, it’s thoroughly a steal right now. I can’t believe anyone would put this car up for no reserve without proper documentation, though. The restoration alone should have cost a minimum of several times the current bid. This could be a winner, but before you bid read up on eBay’s buyer protection rules…



  1. Woodie Man
    Woodie Man June 7, 2019

    Just for grins I emailed the seller……got back a slew of pix. Of course the emailers Emglish is typical of Nigerians…some kid in a hut somewhere.

    Here it is :

    Thank you for your message regarding my car.
    The car is in pristine condition ,Fully restored to the highest standards, super nice!
    I bought the car in 2015 and since then i drive it only in weekends just to keep the engine in good condition .Always garaged ,and it is a great classic car example .
    Excellent condition ,Looks & drives great . Very clean interior and exterior, very Well maintained. Operationally, this car is amazing , comes with owners manual, and a clean/clear title ready for transfer to new owner .
    Totally free rust car , without any issues or damages.
    I can help or assist you with shipping to Pine Valley, CA at low prices .
    Toledo, Ohio is the car location .
    For payment I accept Bank to Bank Wire Transfer .
    Check photos attached and you can make me an offer right after .
    Thank you

  2. Woodie Man
    Woodie Man June 7, 2019

    My “Emglish” is not so good either 🙂

  3. Will
    Will June 12, 2019

    It’s a scam. I talked to the ‘owner’ who had a thick Russian accent. I put a little down on a wire to hold the car. I then was going to go to ,Toledo, supposedly where the car was, and on google street maps it was a ghetto. Karel stopped answering the phone. I called the FBI and my bank and Bank of America who got my wire. First it was on ebay then he took it off, then the nice convincing emails about how it’s a great car and he enjoyed it but needed the money – bla – bla. The FBI should string this guy up
    He even had a color fake Title from Ohio and a fake bill of sale.
    Tricky asshole.

  4. Will
    Will June 12, 2019

    This is an actual scam. I was almost taken in.
    Believe me – good call author.

  5. Carter
    Carter June 16, 2019

    @Will – Yikes! Glad that you were able to get out of the deal.

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