1973 BMW 2002tii S14

Back in 2020, I took a look at series of cool customized 2002s:

1970 BMW 2002

Today’s car started life as a 2002tii, and had it be restored to pristine in its original configuration, it’d be worth a pretty penny. Instead, it’s gone all Dutch with a repaint in Inka as well as a 5-speed swap, custom interior trimmings, turbo-look flares and spoilers, and to top it all off, it’s got a screaming S14 under the hood. Let’s take a closer look:

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1973 BMW 2002tii Zender Widebody

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Okay, great, because this is not only one hell of a cool 2002, I think it’s a great deal, too. What are we looking at? Well, what started life as an Inka 2002tii ‘Roundie’ has been hitting the gym and now sports a Zender body kit, SSR mesh wheels, a half-cage with Recaro cloth seats, E21 brakes, and a host of other mechanical and cosmetic refurbishments to leave one seriously sweet piece of ’02 eye candy. The asking price? Less than you’d expect!

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1973 BMW 2002tii

If you’ve not been paying attention, pundents have been claiming that the classic car market is cooling ever so slightly. Bring a Trailer and the BMW 2002tii didn’t get the message, apparently. Just the other day, a European-specification 1972 tii traded for $102,002 before fees. See what they did there?

Anyway, I’ve previously lamented that I had opportunities to get into the Quattro market before the second wave of Group B insanity. Well, I also missed out on the classic E10 market. My first car was very nearly a ’73 2002tii, and while it’s extremely unlikely it would have ever ended up as nice as today’s Turkis example, it’s a nice thought, anyway.

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Tuner Tuesday: BMW 3002tii


Part of the allure of vehicle tuning is to create something that a particular manufacturer may have glossed over. Whether it was a particular body style that wasn’t offered with a certain type of engine, or perhaps a special livery never attempted, there a number of ways towards making that bespoke machine of your dreams. This 2002 you are seeing here has been breathed on heavily. It pays homage to the 2002 turbo, but has been beefed up with a 3.0 liter, twin-turbo inline-6 mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. We’ve seen a few inline-6 swaps into 2002s before, but nothing quite as bonkers as this machine. Thanks to our friends at Classic Car Club Manhattan for the tip!

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1974 BMW 2002tii Turbo

This wide-fendered, heavily modified 1974 BMW 2002tii Turbo we featured over a year ago is back up for sale. Last time, it was on offer at $38,000. Now with a reserve, will bidding reach those heights? It may not be to everyons taste, but we are big fans of the look.

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1972 BMW 2002tii Touring

For some reason or another, hatchbacks don’t play well to the American consumer. It’s a rather baffling phenomenon. Why take a small car and put a trunk on it, thus making it less practical in terms of load hauling? Sure, people on these shores may view the hatchback as a low rent vehicle, but they are depriving themselves of some serious practicality. This 2002 Touring for sale in California is a chance at a 2002 that was never offered new to US customers but through the efforts of intrepid collectors, a few have taken up residency in the states.

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1974 BMW 2002tii

The Netherlands, for some reason, seems to be a breeding ground when it comes to great examples of classics that we love. Case in point this low-mileage BMW 2002tii that was sourced from Portugal. This one is a later model with the square taillights and has a few tasty add ons such as the Minilite style wheels and rally lamps. The vintage white on black Portuguese license plates finish off the decidedly period look. give it a decidedly period look.

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1973 BMW 2002tii

Nate featured a Taiga Green BMW 535is a little over a week ago and I have to admit, I was taken aback by this color. I had rarely seen such a bright color on a BMW from the 1980s. There were a lot of bright colors on offer in the 1970s and the 1990s saw a bit of a resurgence in this trend, not just from BMW, but other manufacturers as well. It seems these days manufacturers are a bit less adventurous towards color than in the past. After visiting my local Mercedes-Benz dealer two weeks ago, I was hard pressed to find something other than black, white, silver or gray on the lot. Fairly depressing, if you ask me. This 1973 2002tii for sale in California has undergone a frame on restoration that included a respray and engine overhaul. This is a car that will certainly stand out in the sea of gray out there today.


Year: 1973
Model: 2002tii
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 70,026 mi
Price: $32,500 Buy It Now

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I’m selling my excellent condition 1973 BMW 2002 Tii, factory Sunroof, Original Taiga Green (Color Code: 072) exterior with Black color interior. I believe I am the third owner of the car. The car lived majority of it’s live in Oregon and then Connecticut as I have stack of maintenance records from previous owners. The car is solid and rust free as was pampered by previous owners.

The previous owner did the complete engine overhaul and the car has approximately 19,000 miles since overhaul. The car had the original paint when I purchased it 15 months ago, however the metallic paint was oxidized so I did the frame on restoration. The paint was striped to bare metal and then it was repainted to original Taiga Green using PPG paint quality. I replaced all rubber seals (doors, trunk, and windows), anodized trim belt moldings& other window and rocker moldings, and re-chromed bumpers and rear tail light rings. The interior fabric, headliner, and carpet are new and German material was used. Please check the photos as it best shows the condition of the car.

The car starts fine (by the first crank) and it drives super strong. No white smoke or black smoke of any kind. Likewise, the transmission (4 speeds) shifts smooth. Everything works, with exception of the radio. The clock works, however it moves fast by the rate of an hour per 2 days. Please look at the pictures and ask questions before you bid, likewise please do your inspection before you bid. All inspection must be done before the auction ends. I do reserve the right to end auction early.

I am selling the car AS IS and have no responsibilities toward anything go wrong with it, as it is a 40 years old classic car. I might be missing some details, but please feel free to contact me if you need further photos or information.




The 2002tii, like the 911, has been one of those classics that has enjoyed a steady amount of popularity over the years. With E30 3 series prices on the rise, this is bound to put the 2002tii in an ever better light than it already was. Around $30,000 to $35,000 is what you can expect to pay for a tii in good original condition or one that has been well restored, so given this car has the sunroof option and wears its original color, we’re probably not too far off the mark in terms of the asking price. I’ve seen better examples of this car out there, but this is one you certainly wouldn’t feel shy driving. Then again, that color…


1972 BMW 2002tii

I’m not sure if you could consider a 2002tii “a bargain” as the seller did in his ad, or why you would compare it to a vintage Porsche. These are two vastly different kinds of cars. With the ever increasing cost of E30 M3s, will the level of entry for the compact sports model that started it all for BMW will become a tad cheaper? Probably not by much, but it’s nice to dream. This 1972 tii for sale in California is a two owner vehicle that has been thoroughly refurbished.

Year: 1972
Model: 2002tii
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 129,300 mi
Price: $34,990 Buy It Now

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1972 BMW 2002tii Coupe
Stock #0476

VIN # 2762020
129,300 Miles

Less than 500 on Engine Rebuild and Cosmetic Restoration
Baikal Metallic Blue (paint code 042) on Black Leatherette
4-Speed Manual Transmission

Clean and Clear California Title
2-Owner California Car
Numbers Matching

You can’t really call yourself a car guy or gal until you’ve owned a BMW 2002. These Bavarian bargains are one of the last true vintage sport car values left. Porsche 911 and 356 prices have skyrocketed. Even good Alfas are hard to find and growing in value. What makes 2002s so desirable is that they are affordable to own, a blast to drive, and very reliable…the perfect vintage touring/rallying car. The 1972 2002tii is regarded by collectors as the most desirable and the “one to have.”

This BMW was manufactured on June 14th, 1972 and delivered on June 21st, 1972 to BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. The original owner was a bit of an eccentric who purchased new cars in pairs (most likely one for him and one for his wife). He purchased this car and its sister car…a Verona red 1972 tii new from a local dealer here in Los Angeles. In the early 80’s, the original owner found they were using both cars less and less so they put their cars in their storage facility in the Los Angeles Valley area. The cars stayed in dry storage for the next two decades. Around 8-years ago, the owner lost his storage facility and took both cars out and brought them to his home. Since his health was failing, he sold both cars to the current owner. The cars were dry and very complete. The paint and interior was shot from the heat and the motors didn’t run.

So, the current owner sold the Verona Tii to a close friend and kept the Baikal Tii for himself. With the help of a mechanic friend, he got the car running but it didn’t run very well so he just stored the car until he had the time to start restoring it. Finally, a couple of years ago, the current owner began to revive this BMW. He started by having his paint guy strip the car down to the bare metal. The person doing the work was amazed at how dry and straight the car was. There was zero filler used when restoring the car. The shop said it was one of the best-untouched vintage BMW bodies that they had ever seen. The car was carefully repainted its original Baikal Metallic blue color

Next, a reputable SoCal BMW mechanic rebuilt the motor (less than 500 miles ago). The cost was nearly $10k. The top and bottom of the engine were rebuilt. The block was pristine and the crank was polished. The engine was restored to stock using as many NOS BMW parts as possible. Even the pistons were NOS BMW pistons still in their original blue and white boxes. The flywheel and clutch were also replaced. The original 4-speed transmission was checked and found to be in great condition. The radiator was upgraded using an Ireland Engineering model.

At the same time, the interior began its restoration. The front and rear seats were redone with the correct vinyl. The dash was replaced with a rare NOS early dash. The original carpet was too worn out so they replaced it with an OEM style carpet. The center console was replaced with a new BMW factory part. The Tii wheels are the correct wheels from the early 70’s (not reproduction wheels). The current owner is a big BMW enthusiast in the Southern California area. For years, he had been stock piling rare NOS (New Old Stock) BMW parts. Nearly every part replaced on this Tii got rare NOS parts.

The end result is exceptional. I would classify this BMW as a very nice high-level and complete driver. It is sorted and ready to enjoy. It’s getting harder and harder to find examples with original rust free bodies with fresh mechanicals and all NOS original parts. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com

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I’ve always been a fan of Fjord Blue on 2002s of all kinds and this particular hue, Baikal Blue, is remarkably similar. The mag wheels on this car are my favorite of all the 2002 style wheels, as they resemble the Cromodora wheels found on Italian cars of this era, such as the Fiat Dino. The asking price for this tii is right up there with the best of them, as you can still find clean, original examples for sale in the mid $20,000 range. So for this to get all the money, it had better be good. If it’s as good as it appears in the photos, the seller shouldn’t have a problem getting close to the asking price.