1972 BMW 2002

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. BMW 2002s are plentiful on the island (we've seen a beater '72, a '73 2002Tii, and a massive-bumpered slushbox '75 so far), though technically this one isn't on the island. I've ventured over to Bay Farm Island (which was once literally an island but is now attached to the mainland at the Oakland Airport, just as the island part of Alameda was once a peninsula), which is part of Alameda but lacks sufficient garage-less housing to make for happy DOTS hunting. However, it's still possible to find interesting machinery where Jack London once went oyster pirating, and I've found this clean round-taillight 2002 there.

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1972 was the last year before the Malaise Era, so the power was still there (though the new horsepower rating system pushed the numbers down) and the gigantic bumpers hadn't arrived yet at the time this car was imported.

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Even though this car will need to bring tire chains to get to Tahoe this ski season- hey, that's why you need an SUV in coastal California, right?- the owner is willing to make some sacrifices in order to keep driving this car every day.

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Rob Emslie

Very nice Murilee. I love the 2002, all upright greenhouse and ship's-prow nose. For some reason, the bike rack makes perfect sense on these, I can picture the car with a pair of Cannondales on the roof, cruising downto the panhandle for a lap of the park, the BMW driver, an athletic young lass with a very old soul. Her companion, slightly older, but still with a keen sense of adventure and an engaging demeanor shares her love of sisal mats and cool vinyl upholstery. The 2002 expresses their passion and lifestyle perfectly; sporting, vintage, but eclectically non-mainstream . . .

BTW, did you check out the Civic with the Citroen badge across the street? That's insane!