1974 BMW 2002 tii description:Classic BMW 2002tii (4) speed manual, factory sunroof and gold BBS wheels
Recently painted: BMW Malaga Maroon match
Condition: Very good, well maintained and beautifully restored, minimal rust blisters
Interior: New Tan Leather, new Tan Headliner, fresh Tan Carpet
Location: Crockett, CA 94525
The original numbers matching M10 four-cylinder engine retains the full factory injection system and performance is strong. The engine is backed with the standard Getrag four-speed manual transmission and a robust gearbox known for durability and a positive shift feel. Despite needing an alignment, the factory steering wheel feels great in the hands and looks great. The black vinyl dash has a couple of minor cracks, retains a working original "Tii" clock in the correct position and instrument surround. As one can expect when maintaining a Classic, there are minor electrical issues with interior climate fan, tachometer and turn lights. Overall, this gem is largely original with well kept records of restoration/upkeep.
BMW aficianados know how difficult it is to find a clean 2002tii, with rare and desirable options. As a result values are very much on the rise. This 2002tii is a driver's car...and a true classic.
HISTORY: Delivered new to the US in August 1973- June 1974, the 2002 represented much of BMW's post-war success lead by der Neue Klasse; an all new line of mid-range sedans that set BMW back on the path to prosperity. After narrowly avoiding a takeover bid by Mercedes-Benz BMW shifted its focus away from hand-built V8 powered luxury cars and toward a mid-sized sedan that could appeal to a much broader market. The massive project was headed by Fritz Fiedler with Eberhard Wolff designing the chassis. Wilhelm Hofmeister body styling and construction and the great Alex von Falkenhausen designing the engines. This marked the first time since 1933 that BMW had designed a new car and engine from the ground up. The crisp styling was fresh and modern in a practical 3-box shape. Suspension was independent at all four corners with McPherson struts up front and trailing arms out back ensuring excellent handling. The engine was a masterpiece; a four-cylinder SOHC unit with iron block alloy head and hemispherical combustion chambers that sat canted over at 30 degrees in the engine bay. These engines were imminently tunable and quickly became popular choices for tin-top racers and rallyists thanks to their incredible strength and power output. The New Class sedans evolved into the 02 -- two door sedans and coupes built on the same platform. The 2002 is the car that many feel to be the father of the modern sports sedan combining vigorous performance with practicality and style in an attainable and high quality package.The 2002 was well suited to performance tuning and the factory was quick to jump on the opportunity to market a hot version of their little sedan. Starting with the 2002 Ti (for Touring International) a twin-carburetor manifold was added to the M10 engine for a boost in power. At the same time suspension was uprated to tighten up the drive. In 1971 the Tii was created when Bosch-Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection was added boosting power to a stout 130hp -- a full 30hp more than the standard 2002. The suspension was heavily reworked with stiffer sway bars revised dampers and fully boxed rear trailing arms. Larger front discs and rear drum brakes were also fitted behind wider wheels rounding out this sporty package and giving the Tii unmatched agility in its class and setting the stage for what would become an Automobile Classic.
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