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For Sale: 1969 BMW 2002 that’s been restored with a heart of gold

Jeff Glucker July 2, 2012 For Sale 20 Comments

A 1969 BMW 2002 is a beautiful machine, there’s no denying it. It’s not quite as gorgeous as the E9, but a properly sorted 2002 is a stunner. In fact, the 2002 is the father of the E21, which means it’s the ancestral starting point that fans of the 3 Series owe a debt of gratitude to. A reader (thanks Team ASR) sent us a link to a BMW 2002 up for sale on eBay, and this particular example has us scooping our tongues back into our gaping maws.

Located in San Ramon, CA, this 1969 BMW 2002 has been completely restored and looks rather resplendent with its silver paint work. There’s a bit of an upgrade lurking under the hood, however, because this 2002 is not powered by the average 108-horsepower M10 motor. The restoration process saw fit to inject a bit more power so the M20 engine from a 1989 BMW 325i was used along with the cars five-speed manual gearbox.

Now, we’re not going to say this car is perfect. But the only thing holding us back from making that claim are the wheels, and the fact that it’s not parked in the Hooniverse HQ garage. Have a look at the build sheet and tell us what you think:

-Rear Shock Towers/Inner Fender Wells Replaced (L & R)

-Lower/Outer A-Columns Replaced (L & R)

-New fabricated A-Column Fender Mount Brackets (Stainless Steel)

-Front Fenders Replaced (L &R)

-Repaint (Polaris)

-New Trim Attachment Brackets/Grommets

-Used Rocker Trim to Body Seal

-POR-15 Inner Bumpers

-New Door Brakes

-New Front Windshield Glass, Seal and Lock-Strip

-New Rear Window Seal and Lock-Strip

-Ireland Engineering ABS Front Spoiler (Zender Style)


-Front Big Brake Kit – Early 320 Hubs and Rotors, Wilwood Calipers

-Rear Big Brake Kit – 320 Drums

-New Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines (Front and Rear)

-New Parking Brake Cables

-New BMW 320 Brake Master Cylinder (with new lines to reservoir)

-Brake Booster, Stripped and Repainted

-New Brake Booster Hose and Check Valve

-Pulled Pedal Box-Stripped and POR 15’d, New Bushings and Springs


-New Front and Rear Wheel Bearings/Seals

-Overhauled All CV Joints/Half Shafts (Cleaned, Painted, Grease, Boots)

-Used Front Control Arms

-Used TII Boxed Rear Trailing Arms

-New Front TII Strut Tubes

-All suspension components Front and Rear (Control and Swing Arms, Strut Tubes, etc) were

stripped, Por-15’d, and Painted with POR-15 Chassis Black Paint.

-New Front and Rear Polyurethane Bushings (All Suspension and Idler Arm)

-New Ball Joints, Tie Rods, Center Track Rod

-Rear Subframe-Stripped and painted with POR 15.

-New Rear Subframe bushings with poly bushing inserts.

-New Bilstein HD Shocks and Struts

-New Ground Control coil over springs front and New Rubber Spring Pads with Suspension Techniques springs in rear.

-Ground Control front adjustable camber plates

-New Ireland Engineering Sway Bars (22mm Front, 19mm Rear)

-New Front Upper Strut Bearings and Covers

-2002 Haus M20 Front Shock Tower Brace

-New WORK Equip 3 piece forged 15×7.5 wheels with Toyo Proxes 195/50/15 tires all around. Wheels are super light and super strong in like NEW condition.

-5 Speed Conversion:

-1982 323 O/D 5 Speed Transmission –90K Miles (New Seals and Reverse Switch)

-2002 Haus Shift Tower and Shortened Reconditioned Driveline

-Flywheel Resurfaced (228mm Flywheel)

-New Clutch & Pressure Plate (228mm), T/O Bearing, Clutch Master and Slave Cylinders, Pilot Bearing, Rear Main Seal and Flywheel Bolts (325 Clutch and PP, 323 TOB)

-3.64 Limited Slip Differential 25% Lock-up (Utilized ¼ inch spacers)-Unique 8mm drive flange from a 78 320 did not require drilling for use of 02 CV Joints.


-1989 325i engine ( Approx. 68K Miles)

-New timing belt/Tensioner

-New Water Pump

-New Gasket Set (headgasket, front and rear main, etc.)

-Motronic ECU with Performance chip

-New 2002 Haus M20 Conversion Mounts (5 series subframe mounts)

-New Ansa header and Down Pipe

-Dynomax Center Resonator, Dynomax Ultraflo Muffler, Borla Tip (High Temp Paint)

-325 Exhaust Gasket (w/heat shield) , New Exhaust Studs and Copper Nuts, New Downpipe Trans Hanger.

-323 Radiator

-New Water Hoses, Thermostat, and Fan Belt

-Removed Engine Fan and Installed Permacool 12” Electric Fan Part #19008 Wired to 91

degree thermal switch from 1982 BMW 320 to water jacket fitting in thermostat housing

-New Rubber Drain Tubes at Firewall

-Used Gas Tank – Stripped Painted and Sealed w/POR 15 Tank Sealer (Correct for 69 Model), 3M Strip Caulk Seal to Floor

-New 1991 318is fuel pump

-New E30 Fuel Filter

-New Fuel Line from tank to engine compartment (5/16th” aluminum), New Rubber Fuel Lines

-New Spark Plugs

-New Spark Plug Wires and Loom from Maximillian

-New E30 Coil

-New Oil Pressure Sensor

-New Coolant Temp Sensor

-New Starter E30

-New Engine Sticker Set

-New Firewall Blanket/Insullation

-New hood liner/insulation


-Sorted Under-Hood Wiring and Routing, Rewrapped Harness, Cleaned Grounds and New Wiring Stays.

-Installed 6 Relays and Aux Fuse Box for wiring upgrade. (Behind and on side of glove box

-Installed H4 Headlights 80/100W (New wires and h4 plug, relayed and fused)

-New 80 AMP Alternator -Internally. Regulated from 325

-Installed and rewired new Hella horns.

-Replaced Wiper Relay with Solid State Elec. as original is NLA

-New front Euro turn signals

-New Headlight Rear Covers

-Refurb of Gauge cluster-Used Speedometer, bulbs, repaint

-Installed Auxillary VDO gauges in a BMP cluster (water temp, oil pressure, volt)

-Battery Relocation to Trunk – TEP Brace, Battery Cut-Off Switch (behind driver seat under back seat), E30 Battery cable and junction box and Auxillary Junction/Fuse Box

-Installed Hella 160 Driving Lights (Hella switch is on steering column in place of manual choke knob)


-Used 323 Alpina 4 Spoke Steering Wheel (Top column pad swapped w/ 74 for better fit/finish)

-Seams Perfect: (Blue/Black Color Combination)

-E21 Recaros

-Matching Rear Seat Cover

-Door and Rear Side Panels


-Blue Carpet

-Sun visors – NOS

-BMW 325 Rear View Mirror with Map lights

-Seat Belts – 1969 Spaghetti Belts in rear with shoulder retractable belts in front

-Pulled and Refurbed Heater Box, Replaced Heater Valve

-Stripped Original Sound-Deading Material from Interior, POR 15 Painted the Entire

-Interior Floor/Footwell/R. Bulkhead and Installed FatMat Sound Deading

-5 channel Hifonics Amplifier with (4) 5.25 inch speakers and two 8 inch mid subs

-Alpine head unit with CD/MP3 player with iPod and iPhone connector.

This car is an example of to meld old and less old in a wonderful way. Currently, the top bid at the time of this writing is $20,000, with a little over a day left to go.

Check out the full ad here.

[Source: eBay]

  • I was digging it until I got to the Alpine head unit. I have a vendetta with Alpine. I had a head unit in my truck, uh, 13 years ago, and the CD player would only play one track off of one CD. A 311 CD. I also have a vendetta with 311.

    • haha. that is probably the most fixable part of the car though… I nabbed a Kenwood from Crutchfield for the Civic. I believe it was under $150, and connects to my iPod (which has since died, so it connects to either my iPad or Android phone via USB OR even a straight USB drive plugged into the slot)

      • e24tony

        iPad in the car? Now that's a first.

        The wheels look good, though they'd be more proper on an Asian car.

        • I needed music so I just brought the iPad, then tethered it to my rooted Android phone and fired up Pandora.

      • Yeah, I have a really great old Pioneer deck that does MP3 CDs (very high tech, for 2001), but really want to get one that has some modern connectivity. That said, no one wants to steal an old ass deck.

    • Irishzombieman

      And I know whyeeyyy
      Whoa, amber is the color of your energy
      Whoa, shades of gold displayed naturally. . .

      • Can we ban this guy? Please?

        • Irishzombieman

          HA! Was that the song?

          • I am pretty sure it was "All Mixed Up", because this was around 1998/99. Now I have BOTH songs in my head.

            • Irishzombieman

              I probably shouldn't mention, then, that one of the worst song-stuck-in-my-head experiences I ever had was with "Come Original".

  • lilpoindexter

    Why anyone would swap an M20 into anything is beyond me. Lots of better alternatives like the M30 or M50.

    • Don't think of the engine bay as half empty, think of it as half full.

      You'd probably bitch about a free goose that lays copper eggs because it's not as good as a golden goose. Have you seen the price of copper lately?

      • lilpoindexter

        You make no sense, sir.

  • sport_wagon

    I used to love these cars. But lately they just seem to look uglier and uglier to me. Wonder what that's all about.

    • Irishzombieman

      It's the chin spoilers everybody seems to be adding these days.

      And the extra lights–nothing against extra lights, just not these.

  • Smells_Homeless

    I may be alone here, but I like those wheels. In fact, this may be the only car they'd work on.

  • usbkeydrive

    thanks for your sharing!!

  • gtidriver

    remember when bmw weren't engaged in an experiment to see how ugly a car would have to be before the hypnosis effect exerted by the blue and white roundel stopped working? this car is from that time.


    It's out of my price range already..but I like this car…a LOT.

  • Bob Washburn

    I was the proud owner of a 1969 silver 2002. Lived in Newton MA. Took job in Palo Alto CA in 1970. Deal included a Ford Fairlane. Wife said no, she was not going to be the 2002 driver/owner. So we had to selll the little Beemer. Didn’t get another BMW until 1978. (320i)