Tribute: 2002tii + 3.0 CSL
Both spawned from the “New Class”, the 2002 and E9/CSL models were critical to establishing BMW as not only an international brand, but as a serious contender in automotive racing. The styling of these two cars are as good as it gets for me, on both ends of the spectrum: The 2002 is minimal, sleek, and small- while the 3.0 CSL employed much more radical styling, especially the race-bred models, making extensive use of garish aerodynamic bodywork. Both were hugely influential and paved the way for the best selling BMW in history: the ubiquitous 3-Series.
I’ve never had the priveledge of driving a CSL, but my grandmother had an imported 2002tii in lime green when I was a kid, I have awesome memories of drives through Dutchess County in that baseball glove leather interior.
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Brian says:June 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Thank you for showing some respect for the 2002! by far my favorite bimmer, SO CLEAN looking!
Dave says:June 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm
I used to have a ’68 2002. At the time, I remember hating the lack of power steering and no air conditioner in the California heat, but damn was it fun to drive.
Collective says:June 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm
haha yea, the lack of power steering makes parallel parking a labour, but on the track it’s preferable to go without.
alex king says:June 16, 2012 at 9:58 am
Love this post — the CSL is an icon for sure. I am sure they are gnarly sounding and brilliantly balanced cars… i’ll have to tell you sometime about eating at Vittorio Brambilla’s house in Italy.
Collective says:June 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm
Ugh…another story that makes me want to go Face/Off on your ass? Fine. Next time we’re at the 101, you can tell me alllllll about it. >:-|
Stefan Eissing says:July 18, 2012 at 6:30 am
The pictures 11,12 and 13 are not 2002, but a 3.0 CSL it seems (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_E9). Very elegant car.
Rory says:July 18, 2012 at 6:39 am
Of course it’s the CSL. Did you bother to even read the article? Or the title for that matter? :|
Flavio says:July 31, 2012 at 3:58 am
I totally love the looks of this car. This is my top “retro” car i’d own along with Alfa Romeo’s Giulia, abundantly used in the 60-70s by our Police
(see GT model http://world-viewer.com/data_images/alfa-romeo-giulia-1600-gt-junior/alfa-romeo-giulia-1600-gt-junior-01.jpg)
Star says:July 31, 2012 at 4:23 am
Thanks for this tribute…
I owned a 2002 Ti which was the twin side draft carbureted version of the 2002 Tii which was never imported to the USA. It was the same color “inka” orange. It was a very nimble car, and sported a lot of “Alpina” parts on it…
WJK says:August 11, 2012 at 2:02 am
Scott, I love the 2002 for its design of the time, but I’m positive my Thunder Grey Chromaflair(yes that’s the color) 2011 CTS-V sedan will be remembered for years to come as well! Look at these lines! http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f79/jasonkinnard/IMG_0970.jpg
WJK says:August 11, 2012 at 2:05 am
My heavily tweaked, artistic take on my V. http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f79/jasonkinnard/IMG_0924-3.jpg