While the American pony cars were duking it out for the Trans-Am title in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the smaller sedan classes also put on memorable shows across North America, and BMW’s wildly popular 2002 could be seen mixing it up with Alfas, Datsun 510s, and even the odd Volvo. Trans-Am flagged by 1974 while IMSA began to flourish, but the BMW 2002 has been a popular choice for competition ever since it first turned a wheel in anger. From touring car races to autocrosses and rallies, the Neue Klasse sedans became one of the most versatile racers to wear a BMW badge, while on the road they were one of the forerunners to the popular sports sedan segment.
Another attractive feature of the old 2002s is that they can also be relatively affordable in these days of dizzying collector car prices. They still make great entry-level classics, and there are usually a few good examples to choose from. They also make good race cars, and the car featured here, located in Jarrettsville, Maryland, seems like it could be a great way to get into racing on a solid, proven platform.
Reportedly set up for SCCA’s 2.0L Improved Touring class and/or vintage racing, this 2002 has the benefit of a roll cage and other racing necessities without having been mangled by all sorts of other modifications like many other 2002s out there. The seller advertises four championship wins for this car, but doesn’t provide any other details on that front. Let’s hope it is as quick as they say it is. What this car does provide is a lot of performance and racing pedigree for not very much money. And if there are any Alfa or Datsun sedans around, it’s sure to make for some great racing as well.
Check out the 1971 BMW 2002 here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $7,877.