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BMW '02 Restoration Guide 2002

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Restore it right the first time! This information-packed guide provides all the information you need to restore your prized BMW. Contents cover 1600 to 2002 turbo models from the mid-60's to the mid-70's, and include detailed information on restoring bodywork, chassis, engine and trim. Includes production changes, color schemes and history.   The seventh of March, 1966 was a great day in the history of BMW for two reasons. First, it marked the 50th birthday of the Company; second, this was the day on which Gerhard Wilcke, then BMW's Chief Executive Officer, unveiled a brand new model to guests attending a special ceremony at the Bavarian State Opera House - the BMW 1600-2.  From now on this was to be the entry level model of the BMW range, being smaller, more nimble and more aerodynamic than the current "Neue Klasse" (New Class) four-door saloons, introduced so successfully not too long before. The features that provided this more sporting appearance included a reduction in overall length on the 1600-2 by 27cm (10.6in) and the wheelbase being shortened by 5cm (2in). The roof, in turn, was 4cm (1.6in) lower which, together with the more inclined windshield, round headlights and tail lights underlined the car's sportiness.  However, probably only a few of the guests attending the launch ceremony were able to take in all these details at first sight. Because the most striking feature of the new saloon was that it had only two doors, which was indeed the reason for the -2 model designation. Under its hood, the new car differed only slightly from its older four-door 1600 counterpart, production of which ceased at the same time. Power was provided by a 1573cc four-cylinder single overhead cam engine, developing a maximum output of 85bhp and fitted, as in all BMWs at the time, at a slant of 30° in the engine bay. Fuel was supplied by a single downdraft carburetor.  Consisting of struts at the front and semitrailing arms at the rear, the suspension was also carried over from the "Neue Klasse" range. This arrangement significantly out-performed more expensive cars in the Sixties due to the complex independent front and rear suspension. Brakes were equally advanced and efficient, with a combination of drum brakes at the rear and discs at the front; disc brakes were still quite unusual at the time, being fitted in most cases only on expensive luxury or sports cars.  The 1600-2 was by no means cheap, selling in Germany at a price of DM 8,650 (or approximately the same as the annual income of an average BMW employee at that time). However, what you received in return was a very modern and advanced car, offering an excellent power to weight ratio, owing to its low weight of only 940kg (20731b).   The 1600-2 would accelerate to 100km/h (62mph) in approx. 13 seconds, and reach a top speed of 166km/h (103mph), which made it one of the fastest cars in the 1600cc market! BEST BMW '02 RESTORATION GUIDE 1966-75 2002 MANUAL BOOK