1974 2002 tii Lux
1974 BMW 2002 tii Lux #2735488
July 26, 1974
Mike Ura (since 1994)
Following its September 1973 facelift, BMW’s 1602 and 2002 got a new option package to sustain sales and interest. An initiative of American automotive executive Bob Lutz, the new “L” variant was offered from April 1974, and it brought unprecedented luxury to the small two-doors.
The “L” variant was noteworthy for its interior appointments. The four-spoke steering wheel was borrowed from the E12 5 Series, the carpeting was a deep velour, and the door panels got storage pockets and wood veneer trim, echoed in real maple on the dashboard, at the insistence of Lutz.
The “L” model also got more supportive seats with upgraded velour; the rear parcel shelf got the same, while the trunk was carpeted. The rear bench seat got a center armrest, and the front seats were equipped with automatic three-point seat belts. A rear-window defroster was standard, along with intermittent windshield wipers, headlamp wipers, and a lockable gas cap.
It’s estimated that 1,200 were built for the European market only. The exact number is unknown.
To enthusiasts like owner Mike Ura, the “Lux” has high appeal. He’s owned the car you see here for 24 years, having bought it to commemorate his 40th birthday, and the start of his BMW journey some 20 years before that.