The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

Lot No.: 232

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: 4290109
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 4
Year of Manufacture: 1974
RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 60,000 - 70,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

The 2002 Turbo was launched at the 1973 Frankfurt Motorshow and was Europe's first turbocharged production car. With an output of 170bhp and 240Nm feet torque, it was the fastest BMW yet produced, pinching that mantle from the superb 2002 Tii. Only produced in late '73 and '74 there were just 1,672 built, all in left-hand drive and, sadly, very few survive today. Replaced in 1975 by the ubiquitous '3' series, it was the last model to be introduced by BMW whilst they were still regarded as a specialist low volume niche manufacturer.

This stunning 2002 Turbo, was built in 1973 but interestingly not registered until 25th July 1975 and was then exported to Switzerland. In 1991, a Mr Appleby of Jersey purchased the car from Heidegger AG Liechtenstein and then exported it later that year to Jersey, where it has resided in dry storage ever since. Our vendor has recently ‘mechanically re-commissioned’ the car following its years of storage using, where possible, original parts and employing a specialist firm to deal with every aspect of the turbo charging unit. Details of the work carried out is in the car's history file. 

Included with the car is the aforementioned history file with various bills and receipts along with the German and Swiss documents plus the original purchase invoice from Heidegger AG. Now displaying a remarkable 34,900 kms which, considering the long term storage and condition of the car, may well be accurate but we are unable to warrant this. 

Coming to auction with all import taxes paid from the Channel Islands, this unmolested example is now available on the open market for the first time since 1991 and offers a rare opportunity to acquire a highly collectable and significant car from BMW’s past.