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1967 BMW 2000 TiLux Neue Klasse Bare Metal Restoration 45-Years SoCal

  • Location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: 2002
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  • Trim: --
  • Year: 1967
  • Mileage: 15200
  • VIN: 145XXXX
  • Color: Gray
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  • Power options: --
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: --
  • Interior color: Black
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  • Vehicle Title: Clean

1967 BMW 2002 -- Description

1967 BMW 2000 Tilux Sedan 5-Speed Manual Transmission Fresh 2.0L M10 w/Dual Webers Custom Build by Tighe Productions Custom Interior by Juan Ortiz VIN # 145xxxx 15,200 Miles (24,500 Kilometers) on Odometer and Build 12,000 Miles on Fresh Engine Bristol Grey on Black Leatherette w/Corduroy Inserts 5-Speed Manual Transmission (E21) Clean and Clear Colorado Title (Titled as 1969) BMWCCA Member Owned Very Dry and Straight / Bare Metal Restoration While we certainly know and remember the BMW 2002’s, most people don’t realize that in the 60’s, BMW was primarily known for the stout... sedans. They were called Neue Klasse. They were used for everything from taxis to rally racing back in the day. In fact, one of the first automotive introductions to the U.S. was the sedan. However, by the late 60’s, the majority of these cars stayed in Europe and the few that were left here faded away. The “Tilux” was an upscale version receiving the more powerful Ti motor as well as upgraded interior with wood trim. This BMW 2000 Tilux was manufactured on July 5th, 1967 and delivered new to its first customer in Switzerland on December 6th, 1967. Although not much is known about its early history, it did not spend very much time in Europe as it was imported to California very early. The car wears a California BAR (Bureau of Automotive Repair) decal from the 1970’s (see pic). This project began on May 15th, 2011. The current owners are some of my closest friends and they have shared countless miles with us on vintage tours. However, this is really what started it all. These owners had been enjoying track events and off-road desert stuff for decades but had really never participated in vintage fun rallies like the Targa California. They needed something older that was fun, comfortable, reliable, and preferably pre-1973. At the time, we shared our automotive campus with Jeff Tighe of Tighe Productions, a local vintage BMW specialist. Jeff had a knack for squirreling away rare older BMWs and parts. As a result, the chassis of this car sat in our secret parking area for years just behind our showroom. This was a very rare 2000 Tilux that was surprisingly straight and dry. It was just begging for a cool restoration/build. It was originally delivered from BMW in Chamonix (white), but we felt that a period BMW race color like Bristol Grey was better suited for this rally inspired build. Highlights of this build include: Exterior: Strip body, repair any rust (minor), refinish in Bristol Grey Source any missing trim pieces/refurbish as needed existing trim All new rubber Run electrical for all lights Clean original headlights and other lenses Wire and prepare front bumper for fog lights Install rear fog light Source rare NOS Personal Italian 6 x14” wheels (5 total) Finish in satin black with anodized lip Clean/polish all glass/new windshield Clean and refinish underside Stainless steel Talbot-style side mirror Interior: Custom full interior by Juan Ortiz Interiors Square weave carpet BMW Cocomats® Hand finished birdseye maple wood trim Restored gauges New correct ivory headliner Period Konig sport seats restored with corduroy inserts Restored rear seat and parcel shelf Door panels with textured map pockets NK 2000 steering wheel Restored dash Hidden stereo head unit (behind ash tray) Custom trunk boards Hardwired for Valentine One radar detector (V1 not included) Modern retractable seatbelts (3-point) Mechanicals: Engine build (replaced in 2015) Hot rod street motor 2.0L (9.5:1 compression) 248 Ireland cam Fresh head gasket Fresh main and rod bearings Fresh piston rings Headers Refurbished 3.0CS fuel tank (18.5 gallons) Rebuilt brake system Front ventilated discs Rear drums Rebuilt brake booster New steel lines 5-speed gearbox from E21 Bilstein suspension (shocks/struts/springs) Sway bars and bushings New control arms and spindles Refurbished subframes The project was completed just in time for Monterey Car Week in August of 2012. After this 1,000-mile shakedown, the car was fine-tuned and prepared for its first Targa California vintage tour in the Spring of 2013. These owners enjoyed the car for about 4,000-miles of fun vintage drives before the motor broke. In 2015, a replacement hotrod motor was installed by Tighe (see above for details). There is about 11k-trouble free miles on this motor. In 2015, 2002 Garage Werks in Ontario, California did some further engine/carburetor work including: Installed twin Weber DCOE TIPO 40 side draft carburetors Tune and set linkage UNI sock foam air filters Spark plugs Set timing/valve adjustment 5-speed billet dogbone and shift mount rebuild kit Rebuild shifter assembly Fortunately, these owners’ neighbor was Randy Inglis Restoration. Randy has been supporting many Targa California events and has helped build/prepare many of the cars. He did most of the routine maintenance and services this Tilux needed. Some of the work performed included: Regular oil services and brake fluid flushes Inspections in between touring events Spindle bearings Repair window regulator Custom stereo system This BMW has truly been enjoyed and has been a big part of the owners’ automotive social life for the past 8-years. They have joined us on many drives and are a familiar site in our mirrors and windshield. The car has been incredibly reliable, easy to drive, and surprisingly fast. In fact, through the twisty bits, they are one of the quickest cars on these tours. The car has been on mostly Targa California and Targa Baja events as well as several drives to Monterey. It has been displayed at The Legends of the Autobahn lawn as well. The exterior looks very nice and has certainly held up well. Of course, there are minor nicks here and there from normal use, but the quality of the paint job has been fantastic. The wheels have no curb rash and are wearing sticky NT01 tires that are at the wear indicator but are only a few years old. The front brakes have 75% life left. All of the glass (including the windshield) is original and in very good shape with no major chips or cracks. The interior looks amazingly fresh and certainly a testament to the quality of work by Juan Ortiz. The seats show little to no wear at all. The headliner is in perfect shape with no stains or tears. Even the original sun visors are in decent condition. The square weave carpet has no stains and has certainly held up well. The door panels look fresh and the custom hand finished maple wood trim still looks great. The dash is perfect with no cracks or warping. The rare NK steering wheel is original and in great shape. Even the horn works. The gauges all work except the clock. The Alpine Bluetooth radio sounds great and is nice for long drives. Of course, the best part of this unique BMW is the way it drives. It is very tight and well sorted. Plus, it’s very easy to drive and a lot of fun. It starts easily on the first try with no smoking and holds an even idle. The power is very responsive and it has nice low-end torque. It easily climbs through the rev range. The tachometer bounces a bit and isn’t the most accurate but it looks great. The brakes have plenty of stopping power with immediate bite and no fading. The transmission shifts smoothly with no grinding or slipping. The clutch is very light and super easy to use. The handling is really where this Tilux shines. It is no surprise these cars were fierce competitors in European saloon and rally racing. The car gobbles up corners and is a joy on the tightest of back roads. Whether you are looking for something fun, reliable, and unique to start joining us on vintage drives or simply a fun vintage car for more local events, this example fits almost any need. This Tilux comes with an extra key which is the rare original folding one, full size spare on matching Personal wheel, most receipts since build, and jack.