After overcoming financial troubles in the 1950s, BMW needed a successful line. Their “Neue Klasse” (New Class) sedans and coupes proved to be just what they needed. Built between 1962 and 1977, these models would establish BMW’s success and the popularity of their sporting sedans for decades to come. The development of these models was led by Fritz Fiedler. Eberhard Wolff headed up the chassis design, Wilhelm Hofmeister the styling and Alex von Falkenhausen oversaw engine design. The first BMW model with a new engine since 1933 was produced by this team with the first prototype being displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1961. The car, a four-door sedan, appeared with the BMW 3200 CS motor. This was the last BMW with the OHV V8 engine. The first of the New Class models was the 1500. A four-door compact executive car. It sported the new M10 OHC 4-cylinder engine designed from a prototype of the BMW 700. The engine was leaned to the right at a 30º angle. This installation allowed for the low hood styling of the car. In 1965 the 2000C and 2000CS luxury coupes were added to the range. These were then replaced by the 6-cylinder E9 2800CS in 1969.
Making its debut in 1968 was the BMW 2002. Known as one of the cars that saved BMW, it went a long way in redefining the company’s image. The base model was introduced with a single carburetor and had just 101hp. The 2002Ti was fitted with twin Solex 40 carburetors and a higher compression engine which delivered 119hp. These well engineered sports coupes were more practical than similar cars being released by BMW’s competitors and earned their reputation of being almost bulletproof. The popularity and collectability of the 2002 only continues to increase as these historical BMWs age.
This 1972 BMW 2002 was purchased by the seller in late 2014. The previous owner completed a sympathetic restoration of the car including changing the color from Inka Orange to Estoril Blue around 2005. The M10 engine was rebuilt. Hotter cams, less restrictive headers and a weber carburetor were installed at that time. The original 4-speed transmission was swapped for a 5-speed and a limited slip differential was installed from an E21. Recaro seats were installed, as well as a Momo steering wheel and Momo aluminum pedals. The carpet was replaced, as was the original dash.