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At the Frankfurt, Germany, auto show in September 1961, BMW displayed a prototype of a sedan it called the "New Class" sedan. The New Class was so good, that it would become the blueprint for virtually every production BMW over the next three decades.

The first production model was the 1500. It had the first four-cylinder automobile engine BMW had manufactured since the 30s. 24,000 units were built.

The next New Class sedan was the 1800, launched in September of 1963, with a 1773cc, 90 hp engine. Some interesting variations of the 1800 were the 1800 Ti (18,417 units) and the 1800 Ti/SA (200 units).

In 1964, a 1600 model replaced the 1500. 10,278 cars were built between 1964 and 1966. Other models included the 1600-2 and the 1600 TI.

The 2000 and 2000 TI began production in January 1966. The 1990cc engine had either 100hp with a single Solex 40 carburetor or 120hp with dual Solex carbs.

The evolution was complete with the 2002. BMW produced a 2002 ti (120hp) and a 2002 tii (130hp and 120mph top speed). The 2002 Turbo was unveiled at the 1973 Frankfurt auto show. Only 1672 cars were built in 1973 and 1974.

The 2002 also help put BMW on the map in North America when in 1968, several enthusiastic 2002 owners formed the BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA). 2002 racing...


Some top BMW 2002 sites:

  • has information for all 1968-1976 2002 models. A wealth of information here, especially 2002 repairs and restoration.

  • The 2002 homepage has news, FAQs on performance, pictures, mailing list, archives, vendor listings, and more.

  • The BMW 2002 House of Worship has been serving the faithful since 1998. Has a variety of resources including repair tips, pictures, videos and links.

  • The UK BMW 2002 Home Page is the UK's Unofficial BMW 2002 Web Site.

  • '02 History and Resources has some history, but mostly great tips and info on various 02 models.

  • BMW 02 Club Deutschland e.V. is a German 2002 Club. Has lots of features including great photos of 2002 racers in action. 

  • Make Pike's 2002 has one of the largest collections of photos we've seen. Mostly 02 models, but many others

  • Macs and the 2002 is a feature from Apple showing how Bay Area 02 does it.

  • Bay Area 02 is the homepage of the San Francisco Bay Area 2002 Enthusiasts.


Some books to help you with your BMW 2002:

BMW '02 Restoration Guide  
Covering the German automaker's popular 1600 and 2002 turbo models built from the mid-'60s through the mid-'70s, this do-it-yourself guide details everything the owner needs to know for restoring bodywork, chassis, engine, trim, and more. Also included are special sections on production changes, color schemes, and model histories.

BMW 2002 1968-1976: Gold Portfolio
by R. M. Clarke (Compiler)
Published by Motorbooks International, Publishers & Wholesalers
September 1993

Available in the UK only

BMW Automotive Repair Manual : BMW 1500/1502/1600/1602/2000 Touring/2002 : 1959 Thru 1977 by Peter G. Strasman, John Harold Haynes 

BMW 1500-2002, 1962-1977 : A Documentation by Walter Zeichner 

The 96 page, hard cover book is 10 1/2" x 7 5/8" and contains color and black and white photos, drawings, charts, and catalog facsimiles. Each classic model is presented in its historic and developmental aspects. 

More Books!

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Click here for some tech tips about the 02.

Featured Sites

More 02 sites from clubs, owners and enthusiasts:

The 2002 in 2002, a celebration.

Ireland Engineering sells replacement parts for BMWs, especially 2002 and E30s models.

BMW 4 Life contains information about the BMW hatchback models like 318ti compact and the rare 02 'touring' series and the ultimate BMW 02 'touring' picture gallery on the internet.

BMW 2002 site from Portugal has a gallery, info, and specs for 2002 engines, including the 1602 and 1802.

Anders BMW 2002  is a 1970 1600-2. Site is in Swedish and English.

BMW 2002 spec - 75 from Sweden. is the 02 Register Chairman of the BMW Car Club UK. A site dedicated to Classic BMW's everywhere.

Ian Dickerson's M2002 is a '76 2002 with an '89 E30 M3 powerplant.

Jeffs 2002 page has a restoration work in progress of a 1975 2002 from an owner of 17 years. Many pictures including adding a factory sunroof. 

Jens Kuvfer's 2002 Page from Sweden.

Jeremy's BMW Page has BMW 1600 and 2002 upgrades, modifications and projects, also photos and links.

Matthew Guilbault's 76 2002 has a Restoration Project.

Miami 2002 Owners Group is the homepage for the South Florida 2002 fanatics.

Stephanie Weiss has a 1972 2002tii called "The Pig".

02 Register (Australia) aims to obtain as much information as possible about 02 vehicles. 

The Houston 02 Owners Group. 

The Watts Instruments BMW 2002 a 2002 race car.

Looking for an engine for your 2002? Korman has them.

Find more 02 links on the 1500, 1600, 1800, 2000, and the 2002 Turbo pages.

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