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RealRides of WNY - 1974 BMW 2002

September 21, 2018

RealRides of WNY - 1974 BMW 2002

This 1974 BMW 2002, seen a few Saturdays ago in Wilson, is of the series of cars introduced by the Bavarian luxury car company in 1968. One could say they took a page from the American muscle car handbook (bigger engine/smaller car) and massaged it to the tune of putting a potent engine into a smaller car with the added advantage of a handling suspension and a comfortable interior — and thus was born the European sport sedan category. It (probably) saved BMW, who up to that point were hard to find in the shadows of Mercedes-Benz. The 2002 was sold up through the 1976 model year; those final three years with the U.S. government-mandated five-mph bumpers were probably the low point style-wise. Still, the 2002 is a highly sought-after collector car.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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