*** UPDATE: This car has now been sold for £75,000 all inclusive ***
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Surjit is like us here at Trade Classics, a proper petrolhead and can talk cars all day long; he has a wide make / model range of interest. However, he perhaps doesn’t like to hang onto his cars for as long as we do! For Surjit the thrill is in the research and the chase of a classic car, then running it for a year or two before finding a new owner.
He’s owned a few 2002’s in his life, and had the opportunity to purchase the rare Turbo version from the Netherlands, with the car originally coming from Japan. Since then, he hasn’t really used the car much, it was a purchase more for admiration.
He has however had both the gearbox and turbo rebuilt, and we took the car on a little drive around the local area, a quick blast!
Finished in Polar Silver, with the iconic Turbo decals across the car, this 2002 Turbo is a real head turner. As mentioned, being a Japanese car originally, the regulations required that the flared wheel arches must be permanently fixed and not the plastic screw on ones that we are used to seeing.
Wheels & Tyres
Sitting on 13″ wheels with Yokohama tyres all round to keep the car firmly connected to the road. Condition of both the wheels and tyres is great, take a look at the pictures in the media section.
We’ve taken our usual exterior video to show the condition of the car. The bodywork in terms of shut lines and panel gaps is great. In terms of corrosion, none was observed, on a car of this age and given its condition, we would assume that the bodywork has been restored at some point. There is some surface rust visible on the spare wheel well, and some light surface rust on one part of the chassis. Rather than covering this in a fresh coat of under-seal, Surjit has left this so that you can see it is just on the surface.
The Polar Silver paint across the car looks great, even in finish and colour across all the panels. The car also has the Turbo decals where appropriate. These show signs of patina on one side, and really set the look of the car off. Take a look at the photographs for the detail.
Glass and Trim
All of the glass and external trim on the car looks in good condition. Some of the door seal rubbers have perished somewhat, and there is a small dent in the chrome on the leading edge of the bonnet, this has been captured in the photos and videos for you to review. This car also features a sunroof that was a factory option.
Finished in black and grey, the interior looks very much what you’d expect from a car from the 70’s.
Seats and Carpets
Black vinyl on the seats, and a grey/black blend of carpets across the car. The seats, sportier versions than the standard 2002 of the time keep you snug and stable as you’re being propelled forward. They present in great condition, the drivers seat has a split on the bottom cushion in the vinyl. The carpets are in great condition across the interior of the car, and are the original ones which have been well maintained over the years. Watch the extensive video review.
The dashboard, a very simple affair, shows patina on the dial surrounds. Being a Turbo, it also features the boost gauge on the top of the centre console. A period radio is fitted, and in general the dashboard looks in line with the age of the car. The ash tray has been replaced, it’s missing from the centre console in some photos but a new photo has been added showing it in situ, take a look at the photographs and video for the full review.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
A Momo steering wheel, and BMW gear stick put you in control of the car. These looks in line with the age of the car, and present in good condition. View the photo’s to see the interior from the different angles.
Surjit took us out for a quick blast in the car, the KKK turbo charger and Kugelfischer mechanically fuel injection propelling us along the local roads.
Engine and Gearbox
The little 4 pot engine sprang into life on the cold start, watch the video to see how it sounded. The car is fitted with a rare 5 speed Getrag gearbox, not many were. On our short blast with Surjit, the car performed well.
Suspension and Brakes
A stiff set up for a sporty coupe, you can feel the road surface changes as a passenger. On our trip we didn’t observe and knocks or rattles that would elude to issues with the set-up, watch the video for the detail, and the brakes all performed without issue on the drive.
A lovely drive out, the car was a bit of a head turner, you just don’t see the 2002 on the road, let alone a Turbo.
Electrics and Other
Surjit informs us that all of the electrics work as they should do on the car.
Surjit has owned this car for a year, having imported the car from the Netherlands. It was originally a car delivered to Japan, and we are working with BMW owners club in the UK to try and trace some details.
The car is showing just over 60,500 miles as of 05.06.2019.
HPi Check Results
– The seller tells us the car is HPi clear and will be supported by our own HPi check.
Mileage Records – MOT/Service
– 05.06.2019 – 60,500 miles – Visit
The BMW 2002 Turbo was the first production car to feature a turbo, and it really created quite the stir when it was first launched. The oil crisis at the time stopped production early, which is why they are so rare with less than 2,000 made.
This example presents itself in great condition, finished in Polar Silver, with its 5 speed gearbox and sunroof, and Japanese fixed wider wheel arches, something a bit unique when looking at an already rare car. Get in touch to discuss the car further with us.
This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Surjit (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. Surjit will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.