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- Pistons have arrived! February 25, 2017
Project 2002 is my website that's dedicated to the restoration and upgrade of my 1976 BMW 2002. If you are here you probably already know what a BMW 2002 is, but many don't so I'll discuss that a bit. In the 1960s BMW was known mostly for small affordable cars and motorcycles. The Isetta, 700, etc. This was fine for the German domestic market but in the US, there was a demand for more sporting cars. Porsche was making a name for itself because of its performance, and Mercedes because of its luxury. BMW wanted to fit in right between. They didn't have a car that was affordable, fast and well built. So they developed the Neue Klasse. This car had a bulletproof 4 cylinder engine called the M10. It had independent rear suspension so it was agile. It had very direct steering for feel. It was a 2 door sedan with plenty of trunk space so you could drive the family around during the week, but had the performance of a sports car so you could race it on the weekends. Best of all at the time of its release was very affordable. It was introduced in 1966 and was produced until 1976. By the end of its run, and singlehandedly because of the little 2002, the relatively unknown BMW had become "The Ultimate Driving Machine".