1970 BMW 2002 #1670387
Dark gray metallic (originally Agave)
Branden and Cathy Pierce (since 2000)
Two decades ago, this 2002 was lying under a tarp in the north Florida woods, and it very nearly became scrap metal. Another buyer only wanted the engine and transmission. Branden Pierce’s took the body and it became his dream car, a round-taillight ‘02 reimagined as an M car.
Like many enthusiasts, Branden preferred the pre ‘73 2002s to his current ‘75. “The early cars were lighter, and I liked the look of the round taillights and the different kidney grilles,” he says.
Branden, then 20, had recently started working at an Orlando body and paint shop. He patched up the body, then transferred everything from his ‘75 into the renovated chassis, #1670387. So, Branden began to envision a 2002 that would combine the classic round-taillight aesthetic with M car elements, including some race car bits.
Later, Branden was a skilled bodywork technician with his own paint and body repair business. He replaced the fenders, rear deck lid, and left door with better parts from 2002AD. He blended turbo-style fender flares into the body, modified BMP side skirts and a Zender front spoiler.
The stock M10 engine gave way to an S14 four-cylinder from a 1988 E30 M3, rebuilt with a 2.5 liter crankshaft and Schrick 292/284 cams, carbon fiber DTM-style intake, larger radiator, aluminum flywheel, and other performance mods were installed, plus a Getrag 5-speed transmission.