1974 BMW 2002 Turbo heading to the auction house

While cars today are somewhat expected to be powered by turbocharged engines, that wasn’t always the case. Back in the 1970s, turbocharged engines were the … The article 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo heading to the auction house appeared first on BMW BLOG

1974 BMW 2002 Turbo heading to the auction house

While cars today are somewhat expected to be powered by turbocharged engines, that wasn’t always the case. Back in the 1970s, turbocharged engines were the equivalent of electric motors today. If you saw a turbocharged car, you instantly knew it – because most of the time the word ‘turbo’ was written somewhere – and you heard it. Those were the early days of turbocharging and the BMW 2002 Turbo was part of that era.

This was BMW’s first mass-produced turbocharged car. Well, mass-produced might be a bit of an overstatement, to be honest, as only 1,672 units were ever made. It’s not that BMW wanted to make so few, but the oil crisis drove down demand for them in the 1970s. Therefore, these things are rather rare and owning one that still runs will cost a pretty penny.

The one we’re showing you today is going under the hammer tomorrow at an event set up by Silverstone Auctions, online. The auction specialists reckon this car will get between £60,000 – £70,000 ($73,000 – $85,000).

As for the car itself, the ad claims is bone stock. In 2007, it received some TLC from respected specialists, Munich Legends, having had the entire underside stripped back to bare metal, repaired and any areas of corrosion treated, before being stone-chip primed. Three owners later, it was exported to Ireland in June 2009, before returning to the UK in 2014. Despite its age, the car looks good and received new brakes in 2016.

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Another interesting tidbit is the odometer. At the moment it shows 8,919 km (5,600 miles) but that’s because it went over once, meaning the car probably has 108,919 km (67,000 miles) covered so far. If that number had been lower, the prices for this 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo would’ve been a lot higher.

One of these, in mint condition, sold for nearly $200,000 at an auction in 2018. Therefore, this is quite a good opportunity to get yourself a collector’s item for a good price.

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VIDEO: Watch the BMW-Powered Aston Martin DB5 James Bond Stunt Car

The upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die” has unfortunately been delayed, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Which is a really bummer for all … The article VIDEO: Watch the BMW-Powered Aston Martin DB5 James Bond Stunt Car appeared first on BMW BLOG

VIDEO: Watch the BMW-Powered Aston Martin DB5 James Bond Stunt Car

The upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die” has unfortunately been delayed, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Which is a really bummer for all Bond fans. But it’s also a bummer for car enthusiasts, as the cars and car chase sequences in most Bond films are epic. In No Time to Die, the featured car in the action sequences is a classic Aston Martin DB5, which is replete with the same sort of classic Bond kit we’re all used to; machine guns, ejector seats, the works.

However, the car that was actually used to shoot those scenes obviously wasn’t a million-dollar classic DB5. Instead, it was a bespoke stunt car and it was/is powered by a BMW engine. In this new video from Carfection, we get to watch both host Henry Catchpole and James Bond Stunt driver Mark Higgins chuck the BMW-powered Aston Martin DB5 around a track and it’s glorious.

For stunt car-duty, the James Bond stunt team built three bespoke DB5 replicas on custom ladder frame chassis, with roll cages, Öhlins dampers and a BMW inline-six. Now, the Bond stunt team will not disclose which brand actually makes the engine. What they have said is that it’s a modern, naturally-aspirated inline-six from a relatively modern car. What brand is famous for making naturally-aspirated inline-six engines?

Listen to the engine in this video, which you can’t not hear because it’s deafening and even drowns out Catchpole’s mic, and you’ll instantly recognize the distinct, metallic howl of a BMW M I6. More specifically, it’s likely the 3.2 liter I6 from an E46 BMW M3, as the Bond team has said it makes a bit more than 300 hp.

Personally, I’m a massive fan of Aston Martin and find the brand to be one of the very most intoxicating brands of all. The real DB5 is also a genuine automotive legend, the sort of car I’d give up a testicle to own. However, on a race track with all day to play, it’d be that glorious stunt car that I’d want to drive more. Pierce Brosnan fought tooth and nail to get a free Aston Martin after shooting one of his Bond films. If I were Daniel Craig, I’d be asking for one of the stunt cars…

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