Wishlist Wednesday: 1974 BMW 2002 on Bring a Trailer

We all have an ever-growing list of dream cars. The internet is undoubtedly public enemy No. 1 for those who don’t need any more help with finding stuff to want that we can’t afford. The internet can be a never-ending hole of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. But this week, the eternal fall into the pit of dreams is slowing down briefly to take a look at a 1974 BMW 2002 on Bring a Trailer

First impressions

1974 bmw 2002
1974 BMW 2002 | Bring a Trailer

Bring a Trailer’s carousel of wonders has stopped for me today on this little Bavarian. While I wouldn’t argue that a ‘74 is the coolest year for a BMW 2002, there was something about this one that caught my eye. It appears to be extremely clean and well kept, and that counts for something. More than its cleanliness, it exudes class and charisma. 

1974 BMW 2002 

BMW 2002s are nimble two-door coupes that have a long history in motorsport, including both road racing and Rally. BaT says its clean exterior is due to a repaint in silver over black interior from the original Safari Beige. Along with the paint refresh, the current owner reports its 2.0-liter M10 inline-four was rebuilt and paired back with the original four-speed manual transmission. 


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The current owner reports that modifications include replacement front seats, tinted windows, an auxiliary cooling fan, added gauges, and BBS wheels. The seller has replaced the clutch, brakes, exhaust system, weatherstripping, and windshield. The seller says there is some corrosion in the truck and the driver’s side door lock and trunk lock need repairing. 

This 2002 is sitting on 14-inch BBS wheels and rolling on recently installed Hankook Ventus V2 tires. When the current owner repainted it, they also refurbished the interior by reupholstering the seats and dash. He also installed a CD player and start button ignition. 

Repairs and maintenance

As is quite common with vintage cars, the actual mileage is unknown. The current owner says he has put at least 4,000 miles on it. The rebuilt 2.0-liter has a single Weber carburetor. It has been given regular oil changes as needed, and the battery has been replaced. Other under-bonnet work includes replacing the clutch, clutch master and slave cylinders, and exhaust system. He also reports a PerTronix distributor and radiator refurb. 

There aren’t any crazy modifications or otherwise distasteful choices made on this car that I can see from where I’m standing. Check out the listing, and if you feel so inspired, throw in a bid. As of this writing, the bid is at $2,600 with six days to go.