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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

1973 BMW 2002 TOURING - BRIGHTWELLS AUCTIONEERS Wednesday 29th November 2017 Leominster Classic Motoring Auction Centre Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE

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Wednesday 29th November 2017
Leominster Classic Motoring Auction Centre
Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE 

1973 BMW 2002 TOURING

Registration No - REC 171L
Chassis No - 3441315
Engine No - 3441315

BMW launched its ‘Neue Klasse’ range of compact saloons and coupes in 1962 and it is no exaggeration to say that they were the cars that saved the company.
Up to that point BMW had been best known for making beautifully engineered but incredibly complex and expensive machines that no-one outside Germany could either afford or understand. With its crisp, modernist styling, brilliant chassis dynamics and superb engineering, the Neue Klasse changed all that at a stroke and established BMW as a truly international brand.
In 1968, following on from the success of the 1502/1602 range, BMW added a new model, the 2002. The 2002 looked visually similar to the smaller engined models, although it gained extra bright-work and ornamentation. The new car came with a choice of either a two-door saloon or three-door ‘Touring’ hatch body, although a limited number of cabriolet models were also built by BMW affiliate company Bauer.
Powered by a 1,990cc 120bhp overhead cam engine with independent front suspension and disc brakes, the 2002 offered excellent performance and established BMW’s reputation for building small sporting saloons.
This Chamonix White 2002 Touring was delivered new in July 1973 to Mr F Smith of Grange Over Sands, with a recorded delivery mileage of 951 miles – the delivery driver obviously took the long way round, and who can blame him? Mr Smith must have enjoyed driving the car too, as by 1979 it had covered 38,639 miles and had been serviced annually by the supplying dealer, Bateman Motor Works.
The following year the car was attended to by James Brown (no, not the hardest working man in show business) of Castle Douglas with an additional 10,000 miles on the clock. It also received some attention on Christmas Eve in the Dumfries workshop of T Corrie.
The 2002 saw little use of the next few years, although it did return to Bateman’s in 1989 with 59,698 miles on the clock. Over the next 20 years the car saw even less use and by 2009 had only just crossed the 62,000 mark.
The vendor’s father saw the car for sale on the internet and took it home to South Wales where he got it back into sound running order with invoices on file from 2009 for service items used. Recently, the car has been serviced by Avia Speed Shop of Bridgend, who have also fitted a high quality stainless steel exhaust system to the car.
The vendor inherited this BMW from her father, but it is not the car for her and she has reluctantly decided to sell it, still with only 62,728 miles under its wheels. It comes with an MOT until December 2017 with no advisories, VOSA history from 2009 and a stamped service book.




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