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The mid-1970s saw the outside world disrupting BMWs sales trajectory and treading on its production plans, as a global oil crisis dug deeply into demand for high-powered sports cars and their gas-guzzling engines. Earlier in the previous decade, the Bavarian automobile manufacturer had restored both its sales and its reputation with the Neue Klasse (New Class) sedans on which many of its subsequent designs would be based. Among those designs was the 1974 BMW 2002 tii, which was modeled cosmetically on the New Class sedans, but featured a shorter, two-door body and featured an attractive power/weight ratio that satisfied lead-foot buyers. An earlier variant, the ti, had already established itself as a serious contender in the racing circuit, and the 1974 BMW 2002 tii offered a stronger and more sophisticated engine.
In its standard model, the 1974 BMW 2002 tii pushed out a hugely respectable 130 horsepower from its fuel-injected (rather than carbureted), 97 kW, 2-liter engine. Packed within a compact, well-handling design, this mighty 1,990 cc motor was genuinely racing worthy and met the sporting expectations of adventurous drivers. The Turbo model, a trailblazer in the turbocharged auto category, produced 127 kW for 170 horsepower. As the Turbo went into production just as the worldwide oil crisis was underway, its lifespan was cut short in 1974. But there were 1,672 built and these are nowadays prized by classic car enthusiasts for their relative rarity. Buyers interested in tracking down rare classics would do well to partner with the Beverly Hills Car Club.
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The Beverly Hills Car Club is renowned and respected for its track record (so to speak) in matching sincere automobile buyers with classics aligned with their interests, their preferences, and their budget. Doing right by the customer is central to the Beverly Hills Car Club business model. This includes consulting with their clients, introducing them to the clubs inventory, and working out a deal that will have the buyer driving away happily, and free of regret. Shop the Beverly Hills Car Club website for a look at what they have on the lot. Once you find your ride, a consultation is only one phone call away.
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