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Less Is Sometimes More: A Simple BMW 2002

Less Is Sometimes More: A Simple BMW 2002

The BMW 1600 was an evolution of the Neue Klasse sequence, getting revamped styling from Georg Bertram and Manfred Rennen in-property at BMW in the mid-1960s.

The new design and style was to be shorter and more cost-effective than the sedans it was based mostly on and would continue on currently being offered by the whole 02 series output operate. These simpler, lighter vehicles acquired slightly enlarged M10 inline-four engines more than time, going up from the first 1,573cc to a turbocharged 1,990cc power plant in their most strong specification by 1973.


This is no 2002 Turbo, nevertheless. The car or truck I drove a couple weekends ago – owned by my buddy Darius – is outfitted with the standard 2.-liter mill paired with a 4-pace guide gearbox.


It is a incredibly slow car by today’s expectations, and even in 1974 when this example was sold new 99 horsepower wasn’t actually much to produce residence about.


No serious modifications have been created both the automobile still has its factory solitary Weber carburetor, quite unsupportive bucket seats, squishy stock springs, tiny 13-inch wheels, and tires with thick sidewalls. The only detail Darius has completed beyond regimen upkeep is set up polyurethane suspension bushings.

Nevertheless, wheeling around in this old machine was so a lot extra enjoyment than I imagined it could be.


Simply just put, BMW chassis are fantastic, even types designed 50 years ago. Now, in 2022 — amidst the deep sea of insanely modified vehicles, out of manage wait times for high quality components, interest-trying to get social media builds, and skyrocketing rates on classic cars and trucks — this is your friendly reminder that from time to time considerably less is additional. Traditional vehicle ownership doesn’t will need to crack your wallet, and there is so much pleasure to be identified in a straightforward automobile like a inventory BMW 02.


The suspension is compliant and user helpful, the open differential assures you just can’t make a expensive error in an unfamiliar car or truck — though a minimal-slip device would be nice — and the motor was amazingly responsive close to 4,000rpm. Sliding all-around in the cabin with the home windows down helps make you really feel like you are likely a great deal a lot quicker than you really are.

However, the soft automobile was exceptionally comfortable as it briskly created its way over the undulating surfaces on California’s slender backroads and winding highways.


It is a basic car that you can stay with, a automobile that you can get groceries in, a automobile that you can take on a road journey, and a car you can fireplace up at evening to blow off some steam on your favored street.


Darius has accomplished exactly this during his time with the vehicle, but with his 1st newborn on the way it’s time for the 2002 to go on. “I just cannot be that dad with four project automobiles and a new child baby.”

Not that the 2002 is a project, but you get the point. Darius is a dependable man, and if I was even a hair significantly less liable than I am, the 2002 would by now be mine. Oh very well – as a substitute, it is heading up on Deliver a Trailer before long.

Godspeed, tiny 2002.

Trevor Ryan
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