A little while back, we featured a piece on Chef and Food Network host Alton Brown’s BMW 2002 and how he preferred it to more modern cars. It’s a great looking 2002 that’s been fully restored with some tasteful upgrades added to it. Well, if you were a fan of his car and have $20,000 or so lying around, today is you’re lucky day because Brown has just put his car up for sale.
The car in question is a 1971 BMW 2002 that was repainted about 10 years ago in its original Nevada Grey color and looks completely bone stock from the outside. It isn’t perfect, with some minor scratches here and there, as Brown drove his car quite regularly and it wasn’t a garage queen, but overall it looks superb. Inside, things aren’t completely stock, but very tastefully upgraded. The seats are Recaro’s from an E21 3 Series and have been upholstered in tan leather and they look fantastic, much sportier than the rather flat seats of the 2002. It’s also been fitted with a period-correct Alpina steering wheel and a Retrosound stereo with USB and aux inputs.
Mechanically, it seems to be in fantastic shape, with no known issues. Its rebuilt engine only has 10k miles on it and features a Weber 32/36 carburetor as well as an aluminum radiator. The stock four-speed manual transmission has been swapped for a five-speed manual, a common conversion for 2002 collectors, as it makes the car feel a little more fun thanks to the shorter ratios. The suspension has been upgraded with Bilstein shocks and H&R springs, to give the 200 a sportier feel and better handling. The front brakes are also new.
Owning a classic car can often be a hassle, as they require quite a lot of maintenance to keep them running properly and you often don’t know what you’re getting when you buy someone’s old classic car. But this 2002 was owned by a famous TV celebrity who seems to have really taken car of this car as well as added some tasteful upgrades. This BMW 2002 looks like it would be a blast to drive immediately and would requite no work. Plus it looks great and the upgrades still keep the 2002’s character intact, which is so important for such a special car in BMW’s history. If you’re in the market for a classic BMW for this kind of money, it’s hard to pass up on Alton Brown’s BMW 2002.