1974 BMW 2002, One Owner, CA “Blue Plate”, Restored!


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This is a very nice example that is sure to help make its new caretaker many happy memories!


This is a fabulous opportunity to acquire a one fastidious owner since new, California “blue plate” BMW 2002 coupe.  This car was fully professionally restored by the original owner to show standards assuming it would remain a continued part of his legacy.  Rust and accident free, this is the one to buy.  This Motorcar comes with a full Certification and Warranty.  A full 50-point inspection was performed by an independent ASE Mechanic.  Review the certification and warranty details at: http://www.classicpromenade.com/buy-from-us/certified-classic-vehicles/

This 2002 was bought new by Leif Bakland, DDS on his birthday immediately following completion of his residency at Harvard Dental School.   It was his daily driver for a few years until he moved to Loma Linda, Ca to become a professor at their prestigious dental school in 1976.

For the next 35 years the 2002 was used sparingly since he worked two blocks from his home.  Dr. Bakland commenced a no-expense spared restoration several years ago with the hopes that one of his sons might want to keep the car.  As is so often the case, neither son was interested in their fathers treasured BMW.

Dr. Bakland purchased his new 1974 BMW 2002 at Auto Engineering, Inc. in Lexington, Mass. On December 30th, 1974 for $5,725.  The window sticker and original sales invoice reveal that it was delivered new in its present livery of Polaris Silver, included tinted glass, tachometer, stabilizer and the dealer added air conditioning.

The restoration included sourcing all lenses, trim pieces, badges, etc. directly from BMW.  The engine was removed and completely resealed to prevent oil leaks and to allow for the very best engine compartment painting and detailing.  All the engine compartment decals were replicated exactly, including some that had to be recreated.  The wheels were powder coated and new radials and exhaust were installed.

There is a stack of receipts that total well in excess $20,000 just for the restoration performed most recently.   There is also a photo gallery of the restoration included within the file history.

The 2002 is one of BMW’s most famous automobile models. While the 1500 had begun BMW’s reputation for sports sedans, the 2002 may be considered its ultimate incarnation.

A two liter version of the Michelotti-designed two-door 1600, it cemented the company’s reputation for compact sporting sedans and served as both forerunner of the BMW 3 Series and inspiration for the new 1 Series Coupe.

With its 1990 cc engine, it produced 108 bhp (81 kW; 109 PS) in the 2002.

The NADA Guide shows the values for 1974 BMW 2002 Coupes at up to $21,700:


Surely this is one of the best.  It has unbeatable provenance being a one owner CA “Blue Plate” car with all books, registration documents, window sticker, sales receipt and maintenance and restoration records.

This example is absolutely an investment grade quality motorcar that could easily be used as a weekend or daily driver or shown at concours events.  This is a no excuse offering.  Please feel free to contact Harry at 602.245.7200  or email at harry@classicpromenade.com.

1974 BMW 2002, One Owner, CA “Blue Plate”, Restored!




1974 BMW 2002, One Owner, CA “Blue Plate”, Restored!
1974 BMW 2002, One Owner, CA “Blue Plate”, Restored!



BMW 2002


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