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Mission accomplished - the BMW 2002 tii classic celebrates birthday and resurrection

Bit by bit, visitors were able to observe the reconstruction of this cult car in the Glass Workshop at the BMW Museum. It has now finally reached completion. With paintwork in powerful Inka orange, the car gleams in renewed splendour for the 40th anniversary celebrations of the BMW 02 series this year. It goes on display for the first time at Techno Classica in Essen.

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Munich. The BMW 02 models are cult cars that uniquely embody the spirit of the
1960s and '70s. The aim was to revive this exciting era by reconstructing the
2002 tii model out of individual components. Motoring nostalgics can
experience the legendary "young classic" close up from 06 - 09 April at the
world's biggest historic vehicle show, Techno Classica in Essen.

Old into new

The idea was hatched last year. The plan was to bring the BMW 2002 tii back to
life using available spare parts, on the basis that Mobile Tradition - the BMW
Group's heritage division - is today still able to provide some 90 per cent of
all components for the BMW 02. It seemed a logical step, then, to reconstruct
this ever-youthful recent classic. Master mechanic Arthur Herrmann and Klaus
Kutscher, head of the BMW Mobile Tradition workshop, set to work on an original
bodyshell from the 1970s. In a "Glass Workshop" specially constructed for the
purpose on the site of the BMW Museum Exhibition next to the Olympic Tower, the
car was gradually put together piece by piece - to the delight of thousands of
visitors monitoring its progress live since May 2005. Eleven months and some
4,000 spare parts later the new BMW 2002 tii, model year 2006, goes on display
at Essen's Techno Classica, the world's largest specialist fair for classic
models.

The crazy seventies

Inka, a glowing shade of orange, is one of the typical colours favoured during
the "crazy seventies". In keeping with that era, the new BMW 2002 tii shines
brightly in this flower-power hue guaranteed to get the pulses of car
aficionados racing.

The heartbeat of the newly revived dream car is provided by a 2.0-litre
four-cylinder engine with 130 bhp, as in the original model built back in
1973. That's enough power to take the 1,030-kilogram car from standstill to
100 km/h in 9.4 seconds. Even the top speed of 190 km/h reached 30 years ago
on roads dominated by the VW Beetle was a creditable figure - and still makes
for a superlative driving experience today. Sipping an average 9 litres of
fuel per 100 kilometres, this four-wheeled gem came with a price tag of DM
14,400 attached.

Oldster made up of new parts appears at Techno Classica

From 6 April 2006, interested car fans have the opportunity to take a closer
look at this old model made up of new parts. Once again BMW Group Mobile
Tradition will be welcoming visitors in Hall 12 of the Techno Classica
automotive show, where the 2002 tii will be on display - not behind glass this
time.

The successful project has spawned more of the same, ensuring that the Glass
Workshop does not remain empty. Visitors to the BMW Museum Exhibition at the
Olympic Tower will be able to observe another "new-but-old cult car" taking
shape on the hydraulic platform - this time it's a BMW 528 (E12).

Detailed photo documentation available

The reconstruction of the BMW 2002 tii was documented in detail - extensive
picture material is available. You can also find driving and studio photos of
the car in the PressClub of BMW Group at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

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