Award Winning BMW 1600 02 Full Cabrio – Fully Restored
1 of 1,682 full cabriolet produced of which there are very few left. Fully restored in 2014-2017 with all the invoices and pictures available. The new owner will know exactly what they are buying.
This is the ultimate driving machine with the iconic M10 engine under the bonnet. It gives the driver a remarkable performance and an amazing driving experience. The previous owner broke down the 1.6 engine when driving from Germany to the Canary Islands in the year 2002. This resulted in fitting a 2.0 engine which effectively means the car's specification is a 2002 full convertible of which there were only 200 units produced. This 2.0 engine has now been fully re-built in 2017.
This is a striking 1970 BMW 1600-02 Baur in Baikal Blue. The Baur cabriolets are more sought after as they were, effectively, hand built with all-independent suspension and front disc brakes. BMW 2002s are fun to drive thanks to the M10 engine. This unit was awarded as “Best In Class” in the international 2016 BMW Car Club GB Festival.
Some of the brand new parts are: fuel tank, most of the body panels, crankshaft, pistons, rubber sealing, electrical system, collector, suspensions, tyres, 4x seat belts, exhaust system, chrome mirrors, Nardi wooden steering wheel, dashboard, carpet, front windscreen, some chrome components, heating system and many more. For concourse status the car would need a new soft-top, new chrome components for the dashboard and the renovation of the inner doors upholstery. These three parts are still okay; hence they have been at the bottom of my long list. Otherwise it is truly in mint condition. The vehicle is sold with many accessories including an original towing bar.
Stage 1. 2015 – 2016
Stripping the whole bodyshell and body panels to remove rust and old paint layers. Unfortuantely the car had lots of hidden defects that I was not aware of when I bought it (even though I undertook a thorough inspection with a specialist car surveyor!).The restoration was a very detailed-high intensity work. Most of the body panels where replaced by brand new panels. Please refer to my blog for a full coverage of the restoration process.
Lots of new parts apart from the body panels:
... and many more.
Once completed Stage 1, I got the car delivered to Barcelona by ship and I drove with my wife and with my 6 months’ old baby to London. It was such an adventure bearing in mind that the engine had not been re-built yet. The 10 days’ trip went well without any issues at all - a sign of proper old and reliable engineering! I kept it at my home in London for a few months. Clearly the UK is not the ideal place for a Left Hand Drive classic convertible car. It was very hard to find the occasion to drive it as I depended on having a dry day (very unusual over here!) and a free day to enjoy a nice drive. I took it to the International 50th Anniversary of the BMW 2002 Show organised by the official BMW Club. The car proudly won the “Best in Class” trophy which was a fair recognition after all the time and money spent on the project.
I decided to ship it back to the Canaries to undertake Stage 2 of the restoration. Right now –like the previous owner, I drive it during my holiday in Tenerife. I am selling it because I will be buying a non-convertible right hand drive classic more suitable for the UK weather, I have got a deal almost done. Unfortunately for the buyer the price is non-negociable because I know exactly how much I have spent and I keep all the invoices for the new buyer’s tranquillity. The price has been validated by various BMW specialists, including from the BMW Club. I have got the original BMW Certificate showing the authenticity of the car and the exact day the car was produced and delivered to a German car-dealer.
Stage 2 - 2017
The car is sold with some parts and accessories such as car cover, tow bar (not fitted), anti-theft immobiliser, a couple of books - including parts diagram, some tools, extra speedometer in (miles) and a set of right hand drive front lights.