April 5, 2006
BMW finishes “brand new” 2002
Munich, Germany – A classic 1973 BMW 2002 tii brought “back to life” using available spare parts has been finished after eleven months of work at the company’s museum.
Built in public view in a specially-constructed “Glass Workshop” on the site of the BMW Museum Exhibit, the project was completed with the help of Mobile Tradition, BMW Group’s heritage division, which was able to provide some 90 per cent of the car’s components. The restoration began in May 2005 and was watched by thousands of visitors.
The 2002 is finished in “Inka”, an orange shade popular in the 1970s, and uses a 130 hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as it would have originally been equipped. The 2002 had a top speed of 190 km/h and could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds, while returning fuel mileage of 9.0 L/100 km.
The 2002 will move to the company’s Techno Classica automotive show, and its place in the Glass Workshop will be taken by a BMW 528 which will also undergo a complete restoration.