Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we're going to look at a fairly rough BMW 2002- a total beater, in fact- that still sees daily-driver duty for its owner. This car parks on one of the busiest streets on the island (quite close to the '77 Olds Custom Cruiser), looks like hell, yet gets the transportation job done just as well as any boring 5-year-old Sentra.
Maybe this car isn't as cool as the daily-driver '73 2002Tii that lives a few blocks away, but it's been around Alameda forever and there's no reason to think it's going to be crushed any time soon.
It's been hit hard in the rear, the paint is chalky, and it looks like it runs a gauntlet of ball-peen hammers on the way to work every morning. Yet it sold new for $3,571, nearly $1,300 more than the Datsun 510 coupe.