'Jay Leno's Garage' shows off a tastefully modified 1976 BMW 2002
Before the BMW 3-Series dominated professional parking garages, BMW’s four-door 2002 ruled the sporty compact sedan roost. Of course, after the 3-Series launched in 1975, the writing was on the wall for the aging 2002, but it still managed to stay in production until 1977.
This 2002 was first put together in 1976, but Marc Norris resto-modded it about a decade ago. Evoking the spirit of the BMW M-performance cars, Norris’ Bavarian Workshop redid nearly every part of this vintage Bimmer. The most obvious modifications are the fender flares, which look just like those from a 2002 Turbo, and larger wheels from an E30 M3. The original 2.0-liter mill was replaced with a 230 hp 1989 M3 engine. The suspension and brakes also got upgraded with Wilwood providing the stopping power.
Norris put together the car for a customer about ten years ago, and took best in show at Bimmer fest in 2010. There are a few parts of the car, like the M2 badge on the rear decklid, that feel out of place on a clean resto-mod but made sense at the time.
Watch Leno cruise this cool Bimmer in the video above. You might want to crank your volume because the M3 engine sings through a lightly-muffled exhaust.