1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

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Guide Price £55,000 to £65,000

This optimises the definition of a cult classic – that is also extremely rare. The BMW 2002 Turbo was produced at a limited range of 1,672 and we believe there are less than 10 are on the UK roads today. We met Nick in Scotland who has so many stories to tell about a car he has owned for over 30 years!

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On picking the car up I wasn’t disappointed. Everything was as it had been described. So I got straight into it and drove home. What a drive put a smile on my face.

Thanks very much to Trade Classics and I’m now looking out for my next classic to add to the collection.”.

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Nick is extremely passionate about cars and racing and has owned the Turbo since he was 19 – yes that long! There is nothing he doesn’t know about the car and has even owned two simultaneously. He has used the car as any fanatic would by taking it to shows, meetups, and even the Nurburgring.

You wouldn’t say the car is completely original as Nick has had some work done to it over the years such as: adding an electronic fuel injection and intercooler from slightly more modern BMWs. This is only because of the unreliability that the first turbo car mass produced by BMW possessed, so Nick wanted to change it to use as a daily driver.

As Nick says in the ‘Meet the Owner’ video – “The best investment is when it’s driven and not garaged” and we would have to agree with him on that.



A cars livery does not get as iconic as the one you see here. BMW Motorsport stripes paying homage to the turbo injection above, the backwards text on the front to let the one in front know what’s coming up fast in their rear view mirror, and who can forget that beautiful sharknose that finishes the exterior off with a sense of tenacity.

Wheels & Tyres
Currently the car is fitted with 7-spoke aftermarket BMW alloys. At this point in time, Nick is looking for the original wheels for the car in which we will keep you updates on.

The external bodywork is in good condition and maintains the originality of the car. The areas of rust bubbling have taken effect at the top of the boot lid and in the usual places such as the doors, please review all photos and videos. It’s the underside that requires the most attention, this includes floorpans, sills and especially the boot floor. We have taken images and photograps from every angle for you to properly assess the condition without feeling the need to visit. However, if you require any more specific images then please let Nick know in the comments box below.

The silver paint is even across the car and actually presents very well – there are some signs of minor micro blistering on some panels as the car has been stored for a long time. Please make sure you review all the images and videos.

Glass and Trim
Both are in very good condition across the car.



Nick was definitely a pioneer in the early ‘boy racer’ scene and kitted the car out with aftermarket speakers and radio – but can you blame 19-year-old Nick? There are some other features that have been modified from its originality which we will explain further down. Please watch the ‘Interior Review’ video to see the condition of the inside of the car.

Seats and Carpets
The seats look to be in excellent condition upon our visit with little signs of wear and tear – Nick tells us the sides are original with newer middle inserts in the past. The mats marked with the M-badge need cleaning a bit – you can see this when you lift up the carpets as you can see there has been some rust that has corroded the floor pan.

The overall condition is clean and tidy. With very few dials this car is for pure driving experience.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
Both are not original, however they appear to be in good condition.



Wow.. we had a great time with Nick in the car going through his local national park. There are so many amazing aspects of the ‘On the Road’ video: the views, the great chat we had with Nick, and of course the drive through the Scottish roads whilst hearing the turbocharged car come back to life, after so many years locked away.

Engine and Gearbox
After many years of sitting in storage the car started third time from cold (1c). There is a slight squeak you should review in the video after starting up. As you may know the car has a 2.0L turbo engine that was the first mass-produced model to have this feature. Instead of the Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection originally installed, Nick has applied an electrical one that allows startups to be much more reliable along with an electrical intercooler system. Also, Nick has relocated the battery into the rear boot. The engine was replaced in the past, however, an absolute period correct engine was replaced by BMW and you’ll see provenance of this change from BMW and the BMW Owners’ club.

Suspension and Brakes
We were generally surprised at the smoothness of the ride, although you do get some expected rattles from the frame, the car seems to have been made very well. The brakes need fully overhauling, however, they performed well after being idle for so long. The suspension will also need recommissioning and please see all the images / videos to assess the condition.

The Drive
This is truly a wonderful car to drive and Adam cannot get enough of it – pulling some funny faces in the video whilst the car pulled away.

Electrics and Other
There are hardly any electrics on the car, however, Nick informs us the basics all work as they should. The car regained all functionality after the engine and circuits warmed up to optimum temperature, as can be seen towards the end of the ‘On the Road’ video.



Nick has owned the car for just over 30 years and has been his pride and joy for much of his young-adult life. He became a member of the BMW owners’ club and was lucky enough to take the 2002 Turbo to various racing courses at the Nurburgring.

Some restoration was undertaken by Jaymic in 1997 that involved a respray and body repair, which can be viewed in the paperwork section with some photos of the works taking place.

The car has had one former keeper prior to Nick and was first registered overseas in 1974. Nick has completed over 100,000km in the Turbo.

Current indicated mileage is 138,718km on 04/03/2020, assuming the odometer has gone around the clock.

MOT and Service History (KM)

20.06.2016 – 133,008 (MOT)
06.11.2013 – 133,008 (MOT)
27.09.2008 – 132,018 (MOT)
08.06.1995 – 99,815 (MOT)

HPi Check Results
– HPi clear – available on request.



Adam states in the video that if you are seriously not thinking about buying this car if it’s within your budget, then you are not a true petrolhead. This car has it all: looks, iconic status and a performance personality that has kept Nick driving for hours on end around the country and off to the Nurburgring.

Sometimes a car’s history is almost as important as the car itself. Yes this is a rare and desirable car, however, it’s also a car with a big history from a devoted owner. We took that image of Nick with a photo of him in exactly the same position 30 years earlier at a show; that’s a rare bit of history that somehow makes the car… well more than just a car.

Finally the new owner can feel safe with the fact we have put a true market valuation based on the originality of the car and the condition. We are really looking forward to finding this rare beauty a new home with a genuine buyer that would like to stun people on a near enough daily basis. We don’t think the phrase, “driving machine, not garage queen” could not be more fitting to any other car.



This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Nick (owner and seller of the vehicle) and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Nick will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.

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Is there a guide price for this car


Hey Paul – yes and it’s at the top of this listing – just above the timer. cheers