1971 BMW 2002 #1679986
Classic BMW (since 1975)
“Classic BMW introduced BMW to Dallas in March 1971,” says dealership founder Lee Maas, who opened the first Hoffman dealership in North Texas. “This 2002 was our original stock number, 001.”
Built in late January 1971, this 2002 left the factory painted in Sahara, upholstered in tan vinyl, and fitted with optional alloy wheels.
Customer Will Wilmoth bought Classic BMW’s first delivered car. “He loved his 2002 and took great care of it for four years, then traded it in on a Cadillac. Maas soon realized the trade-in was his own number 001.
Maas quickly proclaimed, “That car’s not leaving…we’re going to keep it. Number 001 has been in the family ever since.” Eventually, the car needed repainting and the Classic BMW body shop resprayed it in a flawless coat of Sahara.
Maas says he gets a kick out of seeing 2002s today, just as he did when ‘02 drivers flashed their lights at one another. “We never had to go to battle to sell the product, just get ’em driving the car. It was so harmonious, and you wanted them to have that feeling forever. ”