Long before “Clownshoe” mania, BMW had another slightly off-beat hatchback in its lineup. The company recently spent a fairly sizable sum advertising the lineage between the 2 series and the original 2002, but as generally impressive as the new 2 is, the one thing lacking is a model similar to the E10 Touring model. Okay, the F45 and F46 tall hatchback models channel a bit of that, but let’s be honest – they’re not exactly what enthusiasts love. And similarly polarizing is the Touring model in the E10 lineup. The Michelotti design channeled some of the GT feel from the Glas acquisition, but while the fluid lines of the 1600GT worked well in a low slung sports car, moving to the taller and more upright E10 platform gave the Touring slightly odd dimensions. Shortened by about 6 inches and with additional glass, the Touring had modern conveniences like split-folding rear seats and was available in five different engine configurations over its short three year model life. From 1600 to 2002, the model designations referred to the engine capacity – imagine that! While today’s car isn’t an ultra-rare tii Touring, it’s nonetheless a neat and rare 2002 to check out, since only a few thousand were produced:
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When the 2002 rolled onto the scene, the 2002tii was relatively expensive. At nearly $4,500, it was 50% more expensive than a Mustang with a 351 V8. Under the hood of the 2002 was not some huge V8 or even BMW’s signature inline-6, of course, but a 2.0-liter inline-4. The revelation was fuel injection, and though it was a complicated system, the results were undeniable. The 2002tii churned out 140 horsepower, while the Mustang’s 5.8-liter V8 made 177 horsepower. Given that the 2002 was also quite a bit lighter than the Mustang, it could also turn and stop pretty well – something the Pony wasn’t really great at. It signaled a way forward while the Mustang clung to the dregs of the past.
Today, tiis that have been gone through are quite valuable, and today’s car is a prime example. It’s got all the stuff you wouldn’t mind having in a classic car – air conditioning, a sunroof, a modern stereo, comfy Recaro seats, a Nardi steering wheel, Coco mats…while it’s not fully original, all the work is done. Of course, this means that it won’t be cheap. How not cheap?
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As with Andrew’s R107, purists will want to look away from today’s car.
This 2002 is a mix of eras, to say the least. Representing the 70s is, of course, the base car – here augmented by Turbo-esque bodywork. Representing the 80s, the fantastic but oddly placed Centra Type 7 wheels and a 5-speed manual transmission from an E21, along with some Recaro front seats and E24-sourced rear seats. for good measure, there’s what appears to be a Volvo Turbo badge thrown on the rear. The 90s? This thing is rockin’ an Alpine stereo, of course. And from the Naughts comes one of BMW’s best shades, Laguna Seca Blue. The combination of all these things would perhaps lead you to believe that it should be this car that has the 1JZ under the hood, but no – a recently rebuilt M10 is still lingering. So does this car pull it all off?
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Having just looked at a few modded fails, I think it’s relevant to remind ourselves that not all modified cars are in bad taste! And where better to start than one of the most popular classics that people like to customize; the BMW 2002.
A few months back I took a look at a wild Zender-bodied example that pulled it all together rather well, if a bit extreme:
Today’s example is one year newer and a lot more tame, but no less shouty. This example has undergone the knife and come out sporting Turbo-style flares, an M42 DOHC inline-4, and a host of other mods all draped in Porsche’s Miami Blue. Does it pull it off?