1975 BMW 2002

Bonhams Amelia Island 2021
Thursday, 20 May 2021
Sale Price
$110,000 - $140,000
Est. Range
20 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Auction House
Chassis no. 4291515; Engine no. 4291515. 1990/170hp, Kugelfischer fuel injection, single turbo, VDO dash clock and boost gauge, Pioneer cassette stereo, air dam, fender flares, alloy wheels, BFG Traction T/A tires, no front bumper.

Evaluation: Built in 1975 but titled as a 1973. Represented as numbers matching and mostly original. Several big cracks in the bottom of the air dam. Crack in the front edge of the driver’s side door. Light scratches on the windshield frames. Light but long scratch on the driver’s door. Paint looks original and is otherwise very good. Original interior is very good with wear corresponding to the 16,531 km (10,272 miles) showing. Light road wear underneath and a little dirt in the engine bay but all looks good. A solid preserved example with enough miles to enjoy guilt-free, but few enough that it looks only a few years old.

Bottom Line: Sold here by Bonhams four years ago in 2017 for $112,200 and today showing only 138 more kilometers on its odometer than it did then. That it brought a little more money today is a good indication of its appeal and rarity. It struggled a bit on the block before the bidding picked up to this level, culminating in this strong result with a material premium for originality and preservation.

by Rick Carey
29 May 2021
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