Beautiful Bimmers bedazzle at the 12th annual SoCal Vintage BMW Meet

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November 04, 2019 10:00 AM

Beautiful Bimmers bedazzle at the 12th annual SoCal Vintage BMW Meet

A couple hundred of Bavaria’s finest

Mark Vaughn

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BMW 2002s seemed to be the most popular cars at the 12th Annual SoCal BMW Meet.

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This was one of the nicest 3.0 CSLs there.

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Here’s the other side of the 3.0 CSL.

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Another 2002, or is it a 1500? 1502? 1600?

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and another

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Robert Tran’s 1974 BMW 2002 Touring.

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This one has patina… and a BMX bike. BMX on BMW. 

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Acres and acres of 2002s. We’re dealin’! Come on down!

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The engine in Quinn Ward’s 1973 2002 tii

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Note the Vasek Polak license plate frame. 

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Quinn Ward puts the finishing touches on his 1973 2002 tii.

Show of hands: What does the tii in 2002 tii stand for? Anybody? The answer: touring, international, injection. Such are the things you could have learned at the Vintage BMW Meet held last Saturday in Woodley Park, Van Nuys, California.
While smoke from nearby fires still poured over corners of the somewhat cloudy sky, smiles down below on the faces of Dem Deutschen Volke meant it was the annual gathering of BMWs. That meant hundreds of Bimmers 30 years old or older. There were a lot of 2002s, including 1500s and 1600s. But there was a strong contingent of elder 5-Series, a big block of the original 8-Series and a division of BMW Bavarias from the 1970s. Someone even brought a Z1, that cool little convertible we never got here, the one where the doors disappear straight down into the frame.
True Bimmeristas would refer to them by their internal company names. Bringatrailer.com listed participating BMWs as follows: E34, E32, E31, E30, E28, E26, E24, E23, E21, E20, E12, E9, E6, E3, 2002, Neue Klasse, Isetta and all going back. You might be partial to the E30s—who wouldn’t be?

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Chris Price’s 2002 has Jenvey sequential fuel injection. A stock engine makes abotu 100 hp, as is here 200 hp.

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Chris Price’s 2002 from the outside. Still has to do the interior. 

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3.0 CSL

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This E30 M3 rides on air

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The Hype Beast Supreme

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ANother E30 M3

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This 8-Series has won many trophys

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Mike Malamut’s 1600 GT

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Mike Malamut’s 1956 BMW 502 Cabriolet was shown at Pebble

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A bevy of Bavarias, a 1972 model in front.

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Ol’ #90

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More Bimmers from the 12th Annual SoCal BMW Meet, including a lot of 2002s, but some M3s, some 5s and a 502, too.

The eternal question of whether to restore to original spec or to upgrade to your heart’s content seems to have been answered—most BMWs on display had been modified. For instance, Will Maser’s 2002 has an engine and transmission from a Honda S2000. A custom driveshaft connects it to a 3.91:1 LSD. The powerplant makes 265 wheel hp, Maser said.
“It drives well,” he said. “It’s everything I thought it’d be.”
Chris Price’s 2002 still has the original engine but with Jenvey electronic fuel injection feeding it through individual throttle bodies. While the stock engine made about 100 hp, Price figures this setup is good for 200 hp. In another three months he’ll have the interior done and then it’s off to go touring.
Mike Mastrocovo modified the M10 engine in his ’74 2002 and added a “Schnitzer-type body kit” outside in “Oslo Blau.” Inside is a full roll cage and a five speed.
The only exception to the modified Bimmer rule seemed to be Quinn Ward, whose ’73 2002 tii was “pretty completely stock.” He added a Honda Civic armrest inside (“It fit!”) and redid the interior, but otherwise it was mostly stock. He’s been driving it for a year.
So, like Mazda RX-7s, Nissan 240SXs and Mitsubishi Evos, the rare find anymore is a stock older BMW. Good luck with that.
In the meantime, consider an ancient BMW of your own, perhaps in time for next year’s SoCal BMW Meet, always held on the first Saturday of November. For now, Auf Weidertscheuss!

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