1974 2002 turbo
1974 BMW 2002 turbo #4290583
January – December, 1974
Kelly BMW (since 2011)
As its bi-color turn signals indicate, 2002 turbo #4290583 was built for the Italian market. Sold new in 1974 to Giampaolo Giroletti of Pesaro, the car believed to have been driven locally for 15 years and 52,000 km before Giroletti traded it back to the Pesaro BMW dealer.
In 1996, the car was advertised in Italy’s equivalent of Auto Trader, where it was spotted by Bob Payne, a US Navy helicopter pilot stationed in Naples. The car had been stored in an industrial warehouse, hidden under a tarp.
After purchasing the car, it was repainted in the original Chamonix to get rid of the tarp stains, and when he retired from the Navy later that year he had it shipped to Norfolk, Virginia. The Paynes settled in Campobello, South Carolina, running a low-key BMW shop called Campobello Cars along with a bed-and-breakfast.
Over the next 15 years, Payne put about 2,600 miles on the turbo. “I’d always get a big smile on my face when I drove it,” Payne says. “Below 3,000 rpm, it’s like an ordinary 2002, but when that turbo comes in, it really hits you in the back of the seat. It will break the rear tires loose in second gear.”
The car was displayed at the BMW Zentrum and entered in concours at Hilton Head and Amelia Island. There, it was spotted by Scott Hughes, who knew that Columbus, Ohio BMW dealer Kelly Marsh was looking for a 2002 turbo. Marsh bought the car in 2011.