This is a well sorted 2002 with loads of goodies. This car is more of a street sleeper than a garage queen. A librarian with leather underwear. A Girl Scout with an MP5. Cooler than a snake belly in a snow bank. Other similes and analogies apply, but are unspoken, unwritten, uncovered only through years of exhilarating driving, nights spent dreaming of days past and days to come, longing glances over one’s shoulder across a parking lot, shadows cast on the face of the sun, your initials carved in the sky with the tip of an eagle’s wing.
Leave your hymnals closed on the pew. Their tired, droning dirges no longer lift your spirit, nor quicken your pulse, nor dilate your pupils as once they did. It’s time for a new sound, a new song, a new rhythm. It’s time for a new you. Reach out and touch Faith. Give to Charity. Then leave ‘em in the dust and take a ride on the wild side. Your new vector is Verona. Vroom vroom is the soundtrack to your future. This car is where it’s at.
This is a 1976 BMW 2002 in legendary Verona Red—the only wavelength of the visible spectrum recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Color and sanctified by the Vatican. As any reputable historian can tell you, BMW stopped producing 2002s on April 14, 1976, having discovered that the car with VIN 2742348 was perfect in all respects. The cars that subsequently rolled off the line served only to liquidate parts inventory, and are well documented to be of inferior quality, as were all the 2002s that preceded 2742348. This is a piece of automotive history. This is the car with VIN 2742348. Step over the velvet rope and claim your prize.
As perfection is transitory, this car has received a few minor modifications by the current owner to ensure the car remains at the pinnacle of perfectitude, good taste, and performance.
E30 M3 S14 crankshaft and rods
92mm custom JE 10:1 pistons
Cometic MLS head gasket
Schrick 292 camshaft
Schrick heavy duty valve springs
TTV Racing 4kg billet steel flywheel
Ireland Engineering aluminum racing radiator
Ireland Engineering silicone coolant hoses
E30 water divider with temperature sensor for pusher fan, additional sensor for stock coolant temperature gauge, additional sensor for VDO coolant temperature gauge
1250 CFM SPAL pusher fan with Massive aluminum pusher fan mounting brackets
E30 M3 S14 starter motor (SR440x)
Ireland Engineering stainless exhaust
123 Tune programmable distributor
MSD Flame Thrower 2 coil
Magnecor KV85 competition silicone spark plug wires
Twin Weber 40 DCOE Italian carburetors with angled velocity stacks modified to accept metal mesh filters designed for 45mm horns
Korman sidedraft intake manifold
Malpassi Filter King fuel pressure regulator with gauge
Ireland Engineering poly passenger side motor mount
E12 driver side motor mount
Getrag 245 5-speed transmission
E36 Z3 short shift lever
Poly transmission bushing
Delrin transmission support bracket bushing
Stainless woven clutch line
Slip collar drive shaft to reduce strain on the Giubo
E21 3.91 limited slip differential
Combination E21/2002 half shafts
Ground Control coil overs with Koni adjustable inserts
Ireland Engineering adjustable front camber plates
Boxed trailing arms
Poly suspension bushings, including rear subframe inserts
Bilstein Sport shocks with H&R lowering springs
KMAC adjustable rear toe and camber eccentrics
Suspension Techniques anti-sway bars
D-Force LTW5 wheels 15x7et25
Ventus V2 Concept 2 195/50 tires barely used
tii brake booster and master cylinder
Volvo-Girling calipers with E21 vented rotors, E21 rear drums
Porterfield autocross pads and endurance shoes
Stainless flexible brake lines
Alpina E21 4-spoke steering wheel
Alpina badged, weighted aluminum shift handle
E36 black leather electric seats on custom seat mounts--seats are several inches lower than stock seats, allowing for more headroom
Rear seat delete, with upper panel hinged to provide storage in place of rear seat
Esty salt and pepper carpet for rear seat delete 2002s
Headliner removed and replaced with RattleTrap sound deadener, decreasing interior noise and increasing headroom
3-gauge cluster with Innovate wideband AFR gauge, VDO oil pressure, VDO coolant temperature
Long center console
Handbrake upgrade kit with needle bearings--zero side-to-side slop
2002 Turbo handbrake cables
Massive dead pedal, with matching oversized throttle pedal to facilitate your fancy heel-toe footwork
Diving board bumpers replaced with early chrome bumpers
Stainless fog light bar
Yellow Cibie Super Oscar fog lights with 100W Hella bulbs
100/60W Hella H4 high beam/headlight bulbs
LED tail lights
Euro driving lights
BMWCCA no space grille badge
BMW2002FAQ grille badge
BMW 2002 50 years grille badge
BMW CCA National Capital Chapter grille badge
Pittsburgh 2018 BMW O’Fest 50 Years of BMW 2002 grille badge
Korman Autoworks front license plate surround
BMWCCA no space National Capital Chapter rear license plate surround
The rest of the car is mostly stock.
Mechanical history and maintenance:
Original block and crankshaft machining, head porting performed by Eric Kerman.
Head checked and resealed 1000 miles ago by Clay Aulebach of RAC Engines.
Clutch and pressure plate replaced 1000 miles ago while head was off. New clutch pressure plate balanced with flywheel and installed 1000 miles ago.
Front and rear wheel bearings replaced and repacked within the last 3000 miles.
E21 inner CV joints replaced with new within last 3000 miles.
2002 outer CV joints repacked within last 3000 miles.
Transmission and differential fluid replaced (Redline) within last 1000 miles.
Ireland Engineering stainless exhaust installed 1000 miles ago.
Block, radiator and heater core flushed and refilled 1000 miles ago.
The car was repainted in its original Verona at some point in the past. The paint job is a 10-footer. It polishes up nicely, because humans evolved to see Verona as perfect regardless of its flaws. Though this car spent its first 34 years in the Midwest, and has been stored in the current owner’s garage since 2009, it has a few small surface rust bubbles on the upper portion of the driver’s door and the trunk lid at the belt line trim. Overall, the body is in excellent shape, as are the floor pans, shock towers, frame rails and rockers. The current owner has taken the car off the road each fall and stored it every winter.
The original sound deadening material has been replaced with Rattle Trap, including the front and rear bulkheads, plus the ceiling. Don’t worry, you can still hear the intake and exhaust noise, and they are lovely. Door seals were replaced two years ago, and as expected, they’re not perfect. Though they keep the interior dry (which is a necessity if you ever plan to attend the Vintage, an event guaranteed to be accompanied by a monsoon) wind noise is apparent at highway speeds (75-85 mph.)
Overall, this car is tons of fun. It’s currently set up for street driving, with lots of low end torque due to the stroker crank, cam, dual 40s, and long intake trumpets. The idle is a bit lumpy and rich, throttle response crisp, and intake burble enthralling. Current owner isn't into spinning tires or playing “High Plains Drifter” to impress the ladies, but this car can easily do that and more.
Included with the car is a collection of books, parts, and memorabilia--enough to clutter your workshop, pleasure cave, bedroom and/or yoga studio.
The car has a clean Maryland title, and is currently registered and insured in the owner's name. Located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, within 45 minutes of all three airports serving the DC Metro area: IAD, DCA, BWI.