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BMW Neue Klasse - a birth of a Sports Sedan

BMW Neue Klasse - a birth of a Sports Sedan

Unveiled in 1961, BMW 1500 sedan was a revolutionary concept at the outset of the '60s. No tail fins or chrome fountains. Instead, what you got was understated and elegant, in a modern sense, exciting to drive as nearly any sports car, and yet still comfortable for four.   The nimble little sedan was an instant sensation. In the 1500, BMW not only found the long-term solution to its dire business straits, but more importantly created an entirely new automobile type, a Neue Klasse, lite

d.hitchcock

d.hitchcock

Duel Personality - 2002 turbo - SuperCar Classics Jan 1989

Duel Personality - 2002 turbo - SuperCar Classics Jan 1989

What’s this? A three-box tintop in SUPERCAR CLASSICS? Surely a 2.0litre saloon that’s tame to the point of timidity throughout much of its engine's rev range has no place here. Why, we were overtaken by a Sierra 1600 which caught us languishing off boost, the engine lagging lethargically as the turbo gathered momentum. This, a supercar?   Visually, it shapes up no better, this modest Bavarian brick. It is blocky, and so symmetrical, rear window mirroring the screen in size and rake, th

dlacey

dlacey

Turbo Trailblazer - Classic & Sportscar Feb 1984

Turbo Trailblazer - Classic & Sportscar Feb 1984

Europe’s first production turbo-car was BMW’s 1973 hot rod 2002. Jeremy Walton describes the model and drives a pristine example of this prophetic machine   In June 1983 CLASSIC AND SPORTSCAR looked over the BMW 2002 range and remarked, ‘arguably the most important historically - and certainly the most exciting - variant is the turbo... Although harder, and more expensive, to keep in top mechanical condition than the ordinary examples, the turbo is a fascinating machine.’ N

dlacey

dlacey

Bavarian Power -  1969 Test Drive of BMW's Turbocharged Euro Touring Car Championship Winning TiK

Bavarian Power - 1969 Test Drive of BMW's Turbocharged Euro Touring Car Championship Winning TiK

This is a scanned copy of the 28th November 1969 article in the German 'Motor Rundschau' Magazine, road-testing the ETCC-winning turbocharged 2002 ...it's mostly machine-translation below, but you get the general feel of the article despite the clunky grammar. Original German attached as a pdf below. We drove the BMW turbocharged car. One would almost think that you have a completely standard car in front of you, only the wide tires and the glued headlights do not fit into the picture.

dlacey

dlacey

Production Numbers

Production Numbers

Production numbers of different variations of 2002s and other Neue Klasse cars.   If you have updates to these numbers, please add them to the article.      

steve k.

steve k.

BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual

BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual

This repair manual is intended to ensure that the maintenance and repair work required  for BMW cars is done in the correct manner. Therefore this manual should be used by inspectors and fitters as it helps to supplement the practical and theoretical knowledge they have acquired at our service training school   The relevant specifications are always provided at the beginning of each main group.     Introduction Axle - Front Axle - Rear Automatic Tra

steve k.

steve k.

A BMW 2002 takes on LeMans

A BMW 2002 takes on LeMans

The 24 Heures du Mans        For many car builders the 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race is the ultimate test of performance, reliability, driver skill and pit stop strategy.  Organized by the Automobile Club de L'ouest, it has been held at the Circuit de la Sarthe in LeMans, France since 1923.   BMW first entered the race in 1937 with a single 328 roadster sporting a 2 liter straight six.  Disappointingly, it only completed 8 laps.        Lessons learned, the proud Bavarian

Schickentanz

Schickentanz

Blaupunkt Radios of the '02 Era

Blaupunkt Radios of the '02 Era

Blaupunkt Frankfurt The Blaupunkt Frankfurt US was certainly the most common radio installed in U.S. '02's. This is a monaural unit. Other Blaupunkt models, especially the Frankfurt Stereo US, were also commonly employed. Intending no slight to other brands of radios installed in U.S. '02's -- Becker, Motorola, Grundig, etc. -- here's a summary of how to date and identify Blaupunkt radios of the era. Thanks This is borrowed from a thread commenced on September 3, 2013, entitled "Dating 2

Conserv

Conserv

History Prior to BMW 2002 Development

History Prior to BMW 2002 Development

BMW, before making the 2002 we all love, was more about helping with the demand for aero engines to help with the war. Due to the signed Treaty of Versailles in 1919 the company was forced to find new ventures in boat, truck and motorcycle engines. After a few years came the classic R-23 Motorcycle, this excellent shaft-drive still holds the passion and upstanding reputation for BMW motorcycles that lives on to this day. Next BMW in a desire to expand purchased Dixi from Eisenach that had starte

Mrs2002faq

Mrs2002faq

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications - Part 3

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications - Part 3

It is imperative to use proper torque on all of the bolts on your car. For your convenience all the specs have been compiled technical manual and sorted as it would be in the BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual.  Data is provided in Newton meters (Nm), meter kilopond (mkp), and pound foot (lb.ft). 1 Nm = 0.102 mkp = 0.738 lb.ft   Please, use a high quality torque wrench to achieve good results.   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3   33 - Rear Axle  

steve k.

steve k.

Resurrecting an old 2002 - pitfalls, tips, and helpful hints

Resurrecting an old 2002 - pitfalls, tips, and helpful hints

I've searched around and haven't seen a thread dedicated to the initial steps of resurrecting a 2002 that has been sitting/abandoned/undriven/unstarted for many years. (if there is such a thread, please link it here).  There are the 100 tips which are helpful, but somewhat dated  https://www.bmw2002faq.com/forums/topic/41562-light-reading-a-few-tips-myths-lies-truths-and-other-c/#comment-668762     For years we have seen new members appear with a car they've just bought and no exp

zinz

zinz

A very different kind of high performance - Sports Car Road Tests No12

A very different kind of high performance - Sports Car Road Tests No12

As soon as you hear that wail from the engine compartment you know the BMW 2002 Turbo is getting ready to catapult you forward with a rush quite out the class of your average sporty two-litre. MEL NICHOLS describes how it feels . . .   IT’S SMALL AND BOXY and the shape is thoroughly familiar all over the world. But it attracts as much attention as a Lamborghini — its deep chin spoiler, fat wheel arches and bright tri-color stripes really must scream out to passers-by that this BMW

dlacey

dlacey

2002tii Fuel Injection System

2002tii Fuel Injection System

BMW North America Service Training Guide for the Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection system, published February 1980 BMW_2002tii_Fuel_Injection_System.pdf   This is a searchable PDF

dlacey

dlacey

The BMW DIDTA and INAT Carburetors Manual

The BMW DIDTA and INAT Carburetors Manual

The factory Solex DIDTA 2 barrel carburetor tuning manual. Also includes Zenith INAT carburetors for E3 and E9 owners.   Correct carburetor overhaul and adjustment procedures are essential for proper operations of all so-equipped motor vehicles, as well as for the safety of the technician doing the work. This book provides general directions for servicing BMW carburetors using proven techniques.   The BMW Carburetor.pdf

tjones02

tjones02

History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

History of the BMW 2002 and the 02 Series

BMW 1600-2 In 1966, BMW was practically unknown in the US unless you were a touring motorcycle enthusiast, or had seen an Isetta given away on a quiz show.  BMW’s sales in the US that year were just 1253 cars.  Then BMW 1600-2 came to America’s shores, tripling US sales to 4564 the following year, boosted by favorable articles in the Buff Books. Car and Driver called it “the best $2500 sedan anywhere.”  Road & Track’s road test was equally enthusiastic.  Then BMW took a cue from American

Mike Self

Mike Self

The 02 Production Run

The 02 Production Run

BMW 1600 Cabriolet BMW 02 series are like the original Volkswagen Beetles in one way (besides both being German)—throughout their long production they all essentially look alike—at least to the uninitiated:  small, boxy two door sedans.  Aficionados know better.   Not only were there three other body styles—none, unfortunately exported to the US—but there were some significant visual and mechanical changes over their eleven-year production run. I’ve extracted the information below fro

Mike Self

Mike Self

Open Rear Bulkhead Design Features on The Early BMW Neue Klasse Sedans and the BMW 02 Series

Open Rear Bulkhead Design Features on The Early BMW Neue Klasse Sedans and the BMW 02 Series

Understanding the Open Rear Bulkhead Design Features Essential for the Application of Primer Coatings Using Anodic Electrophoretic Deposition on The Early BMW Neue Klasse Sedans and the BMW 02 Series   This article offers some explanations for specific design features of the 1960s and 1970s BMW Neue Klasse four-door sedans and 02 Series sedans. The features most closely scrutinized include the open design of the rear bulkheads in early Neue Klasse (NK) cars, triangular cutout holes in

BritshIron

BritshIron

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications - Part 2

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications - Part 2

It is imperative to use proper torque on all of the bolts on your car. For your convenience all the specs have been compiled technical manual and sorted as it would be in the BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual.  Data is provided in Newton meters (Nm), meter kilopond (mkp), and pound foot (lb.ft). 1 Nm = 0.102 mkp = 0.738 lb.ft   Please, use a high quality torque wrench to achieve good results.   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3   24 - Automatic Gearbox (

steve k.

steve k.

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications

BMW 2002 Torque Specifications

It is imperative to use proper torque on all of the bolts on your car. For your convenience all the specs have been compiled technical manual and sorted as it would be in the BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual.  Data is provided in Newton meters (Nm), meter kilopond (mkp), and pound foot (lb.ft). 1 Nm = 0.102 mkp = 0.738 lb.ft   Please, use a high quality torque wrench to achieve good results.   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3  

steve k.

steve k.

45th Anniversary - 2002ti victory at LeMans!

45th Anniversary - 2002ti victory at LeMans!

On June 14th and 15th 1975 a BMW 2002 took on the greatest endurance race in the world.  For the full story please see 'A BMW 2002 Takes on LeMans'  in the History and Reference section of Articles.      Setting off for the fuel economy run, which was a complicated prerequisite for qualifying in '75.  Note the extra lights have not been installed yet.      On the starting grid on Saturday afternoon. It was a hot summer day.   

Schickentanz

Schickentanz

BMW 1500 / 1600 / 1800 / 2000 Workshop Manual

BMW 1500 / 1600 / 1800 / 2000 Workshop Manual

Workshop Manual 1500-1600-1800-2000.pdf   This manual  also covers the mechanical aspects of the early 1600-2, 1600ti and early 2002.   Below are higher definition copies of certain pages;                              

JohnH

JohnH

Engine and Induction - Different Styles

Engine and Induction - Different Styles

There were not many variations of BMW 2002 engines that came off the factory floor in Munich 40 years ago, but over the years, people have made some changes, and some things have remained the same.  Here is a collection of the types of engines and inductions you would be able to find in a BMW 2002 at your local car show.     This is what things are supposed to look like   1.6L M10 with Solex Single Barrel Water Choke Carburetor on a BMW 1600   2L M10 with Solex

steve k.

steve k.

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