BMW's director of product planning, Helmut Werner Bönsch and Alex von Falkenhausen, the designer of the BMW M10 engine, had both been owners of a 1600-2 (1602) and subsequently both had installed a two litre engine in their respective cars. Following the realisation that they had both made the same modification, they prepared a joint proposal to BMW's board to manufacture a two-litre version of the 1602. At the same time, American importer Max Hoffman was asking BMW for a sporting version of the 02 series that could be sold in the United States. The 1990cc engine was made available in 1968 in two states of tune; the base single-carburettor 2002, producing 100bhp as in the 2000 and 2000C and the dual-carburettor high compression 2002Ti, producing 120bhp as in the 2000Ti and 2000CS, later a fuel injection model was introduced - the Tii.
This right hand drive BMW, affectionately known as a ‘Roundy’ because of the rear lights was originally registered on 22nd June 1973 and has been used both as a road car and a rally car. The condition of the car is good and mechanically it has proven to be exceedingly reliable on rallies. Fitted with rare ‘bottle top’ alloy wheels, a factory sunroof, five-speed gearbox, rare steering boss, and a lux interior, the original seats are also supplied with the car as is the original gearbox. The previous vendor enjoyed plenty of success and had loads of fun with the car, the current vendor purchased the 2002 to continue the cars rallying history but unfortunately a change in circumstances means that is not possible and has chosen to part with the car, hopefully to someone that will enjoy the car in the way it is intended. A comprehensive history file accompanies this BMW, with invoices totalling over £10,000, the engine was rebuilt on a regular basis to ensure reliability. Rallies of note that have this BMW 2002Tii have competed in are:
Hero Icelandic Saga, April 2015 (six-day event), 1st after day one, 2nd overall (1st in class).Hero Monte-Carlo Challenge, Feb 2016 (six-day event) Top three in class before getting lost!Berwick Classic, May 2016, (two-day event) set joint fastest times on timed tests.Three Castle Rally, June 2016, 2nd in class.Hero London to Lisbon, June 2017 (six-day event) 3rd on day one, 4th overall but 1st in class.Hero RAC Rally of the Tests, November 2017 (3-day event) Navigational errors unfortunately.Three Castle Rally 2019. 4th overall and 1st in class. Some fastest times on timed events.
Supplied with a V5C registration document, clearly this is a competitive rally car that will bring much joy to a new owner.