Cars like this 1976 BMW 2002 created, then defined the modern sports sedan. Compact enough to be agile and fast and practical enough to be used every day, it has become a legend. Finding a solid 2002 can be a challenge, but this is a rust-free example that runs every bit as good as it looks. As a result of the 2002''s cult status, collectors snap up the best of the best, making this end-of-the-line 1976 example a hot commodity. The 1976 cars are unquestionably the best-built of all the 2002s, and it shows on this one, where the panel gaps are tight and the doors close with a very Teutonic thud suggesting solid construction and excellent weather stripping. The paint job is excellent, although it is now several years old. Deep and shiny, it makes up for the subdued hue with brilliant finish work that makes this car stand out simply because of how well-done it is. This car''s low-key look is ideal, keeping it under the radar so the authorities don''t know just how much fun you''re having behind the wheel. Behind the wheel is where you''ll want to spend a lot of time, thanks to ideally placed pedals, a quick shifter, and wonderfully communicative steering and brakes. Contoured buckets are a lot more supportive than most vehicles of the era, suggesting that BMW knew their clientele a little better than most, and it''s all in wonderful condition. Front seats sport unmarked tan vinyl that has been recently replaced, although things like the door panels and dashboard appear to be excellent originals. Later cars were dressed with woodgrained appliques on the dash, which warms up the interior a bit, and compliments the full array of instruments that were standard equipment. Of note, this car is equipped with factory A/C, a relatively rare option and nice to have if you live in a warm climate. The only major upgrade is a Panasonic AM/FM/CD stereo and fresh speakers fitted to the door panels. Horsepower wasn''t the 2002''s mission; instead it was a balanced combination of power, handling, and braking that makes it an absolute blast to drive. The handling is faultless, and its limits can be explored without risk, making it a fantastic dance partner on your favorite twisty road. The 2.0-liter inline-four is a willing partner, happy to rev and making wonderful, brawny sounds, while the 4-speed manual is a delight. Completely unmodified save for a few maintenance items, it''s a rare find that can still function as a daily driver. The engine bay is tidy and rust-free, like the chassis (which is shockingly clean). Even the stock 14-inch steel wheels are a nice touch, now wearing a set of modest 185/65/14 radials. If you''re seeking an affordable collector car that doesn''t need constant care, and can be used as a daily driver throughout the year, then the 2002 is what you''ve been searching for. Call today!