1974 BMW 2002 TURBO at Dore & Rees Midsummer Classic Car Auction

 1974 BMW 2002 TURBO at Dore & Rees Midsummer Classic Car Auction

Estimate £75000 - £85000

Registration Number: BBK 939M    
Chassis Number: 4290856
Recorded Mileage: 65,000 kilometres / 41,000 miles

Produced for the 1973/74 season only, the legendary BMW 2002 Turbo was Europe’s first turbocharged production car. Demands for increased power for its medium-sized saloon had prompted BMW to introduce the original 2002 in 1968, and it was the fuel-injected 2002tii that provided the basis for the model’s ultimate expression – the Turbo – which was readily distinguishable by its deep front air dam, wheelarch extensions and boot-mounted spoiler. 

This top-of-the-range model had been introduced following a successful racing programme that saw a works entered, turbocharger equipped 2002 win the 1969 European Touring Car Championship in the hands of Dieter Quester. Faced with having to compete against the Porsche 911 (subsequently banned from touring car racing) BMW opted for ‘bolt on’ horsepower courtesy of a turbocharger, the result being a hike from 210 to around 270bhp in race trim. The road version made do with ‘only’ 170bhp, which in a compact package resulted in outstanding performance; the Turbo’s top speed was 130mph, making it the fastest and most exciting medium-sized sports saloon of its day. 

Today this rare model (only 1,672 were made) is rightly regarded as a modern classic and much sought after. 

Auction Date: 18th Jun 2022 at 2pm

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