1976 BMW 2002 #2742541
April 23, 1976
New York, New York
On July 30, 1976, Steve Cappel purchased a brand-new 2002, #2742541, built three months before production ended in July 1976. To a suggested retail price of $6,875, the invoice from Dick Horrigan Volkswagen in Reading, PA added $244 for metallic Polaris paint: Navy blue leather upholstery, a four-speed manual transmission and 13 x 5.0-inch steel rims were included at no cost. The “Mandatory options” of the Hoffman era – tachometer, torsion bars, tinted glass, reclining front seats – were now standard under BMW of North America, which had ten from Hoffman Motor Corporation in March 1975.
Not included, however, was air conditioning. Steve installed aftermarket Clardy AC a week after purchasing #2742541. Along with AC, Steve added a tii clock and a Becker Europa II AM/FM stereo to the dashboard.
This car served as a daily driver until 1983, when he parked it in his parents’ garage. “It needed an overhaul, the faded metallic paint having begun to fail in 1980 and the engine having reached 100,000 miles.”
In 2011, Steve shipped it to Korman Autoworks in North Carolina for restoration of its drivetrain and brakes. In 2012, got the car back running great, but looking sad. It would be another three years before the car was sent back to Korman’s for a respray of the paint.