1971 BMW 2002 #2573397
Titanium Silver (originally Agave)
Ali Javidan (since 1997)
For engineers like Ali Javidan, a 2002 can become a car like nothing ever imagined in Munich. He bought this car as cheap, reliable transportation for college, and modifications were the last thing on his mind when his cousin’s neighbor offered him the car.
“I took it for a drive and fell in love with it,” Javidan says. “I offered all the cash I had, $550, which was accepted.” With that, Javidan became not just a 2002 owner, but a BMW enthusiast.
After college, he put the car aside to focus on his career, going to work at Dinan Engineering, then Tesla and later NASA. After a move to Google in 2013, Javidan turned his attention back to his 2002, collecting the parts for a full restoration. He designed it himself, enlisting good friends for the work he couldn’t do.
Ali did much of the engineering work himself, adding an S14 engine rebuilt by Terry Tinney. He also raised the rear subframe to improve the geometry, installed a new brake system, and added integrated power steering with a BMW Motorsport close-ratio steering rack.
“As much as I love looking at the car, I love driving it even more,” Javidan says. “It is by far the most sorted and fun 2002 I’ve ever driven, and I even sold my Porsche GT3 because I enjoy driving the 2002 so much. I love Porsches, but I feel at home in a BMW.”