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This BMW Gives 2002 Reasons to Keep Fixing It

By Petrolicious Productions
February 26, 2014
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Owner and Photographer: Perry Kveton 

Year, Make, and Model: 1974 BMW 2002tii

Location: Truckee, California

Mr. Perry Kveton just finished piecing his 1974 BMW 2002tii back together after some major modifications. Having bought it five years ago when he was nineteen years old and attending University of Oregon, it is his first and only car.

Growing up overseas and moving around as an expat, Perry saw some amazing cars and vehicles while traveling. Airplanes, trains, cars, and trucks all sparked his passion and interest in automobiles and engineering from a young age. Some of his strongest memories include riding around in his dad’s four-door BMW Bavaria, cementing his love for German cars, BMWs in particular.

Since then, he knew he wanted to drive a small European car. He loved the shape of the 2002 and calls it “quite possibly one of my favorite body designs in the world.” While acknowledging that many were imported to the US, Perry still thinks they’re, “fun to see and have an aspect of rarity on the street that is subtly cool in my opinion.”

His is painted in factory Chamonix white and while he’s run the Kugelfischer fuel injection that came standard on the car, it’s currently equipped with a Weber 32/36 two-barrel carburetor. He’s also running an ANSA sport exhaust and resonator, Bilstein struts and adjustable coilovers with Eibach springs, Ireland Engineering center and track rods, IE braided steel brake lines, and an IE 2002 bump steer kit with ball joints.

The exterior has had some mods also, including removing the lower trim and replacing US-spec bumpers with early Euro-style ones, mounting Hella 500 floodlights within the grill, and early 80’s Riken RTW basketweave wheels.

“There are so many things that I love about my car – and things that I hate – but it is definitely hard to list. I love how practical it is, despite looking tiny and miniature next to modern cars. I can fit four people comfortably and the trunk is actually huge. Its weight makes it a ton of fun despite not having much power and the exhaust note definitely makes up for it.”

Perry found this car in Portland, Oregon, seemingly in good driving condition when he bought it, although things “started going wrong pretty soon after that…and made me realize I needed to start getting to work and putting some real love into it.” According to Perry, his 2002 has had a long and turbulent history of mechanical difficulty, which he’s addressed as needed.

But he’s driven the BMW between Oregon and Northern California/Nevada numerous times having a blast in the process, many times over snow and other poor weather conditions. Favorite roads include the Donner Pass above Truckee, California and the Geiger Grade going up to Virginia City from Reno, Nevada. In spite of the difficulties, it’s obvious the car more than compensates in terms of experience.

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Kaferhauptquartier
Kaferhauptquartier
5 years ago

Love the 2002 !

Pete Brissing
Pete Brissing
8 years ago

While I loved my 2002 for all its virtues, even with Michelin XZXs, it was the worst car in the snow that I’ve ever driven. My old Datsun pickup was better. Probably too well balanced.

Mike Himber
Mike Himber
10 years ago

I actually gave an ’02 away. It needed work and I was busy raising babies at the time. I’d give anything to have it back. Ultimate driver’s car indeed.

Johnny Breinholt
Johnny Breinholt
10 years ago

Stunning car and pictures, simply stunning !!

Jim Leadem
Jim Leadem
10 years ago

great photos, beautiful ’02 thanks

Jim Leadem
Jim Leadem
10 years ago

Cars come and cars go (well most of them) The 2002 holds a special place. have owned 7 of them including the current ’72 Chamonix. Can’t wait to break it free from its winter slumber.

motoring con brio
motoring con brio
10 years ago

Sweet 02, congratulations. Nice photos, too.

ralfvonraab
ralfvonraab
10 years ago

wonderful plates. süw = südliche weinstrasse / palatine / germany. home of fine rieslings. if you are into wine it will make you smile.

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
10 years ago

How do you get european plates here in the states? My current dream car is an ’85 300td Merc wagon, which I hope to have before I graduate college. I would love to put euro plates on it.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle
10 years ago

Great article and yes i was always a big fan of the BMW 2002. I can understand why you keep fixing up and not wanting to let it go I wouldn’t either. Owning a car is a labor of love that’s for sure. I love these BMW 2002s from their sports car like handling, room for four people, large trunk, the greenhouse like cabin space. You add all that with descent German engineering and you got a car that is hard to ignore. I always liked the fact it seem like a mixture of a sports car, economy car, or a race car if need be.

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