Ex Jamiroquai 2002 turbo – highly collectable UK car
Fifty years ago this year, the E20 BMW 2002 turbo emerged onto the UK market as Europe’s first turbo-charged production car. With its unapologetically sporty character – dogleg gearbox, boost gauge and shouty decals – there was literally nothing like it back then on UK roads, with the turbo technology coming straight from BMW’s success on the racetrack. Although it doesn’t officially carry an ‘M’ badge, the 2002 turbo was BMW Motorsport’s first outing, and it was certainly the first time the soon-to-be renamed BMW M team took a road car – the 2002tii – and breathed on it, just for the hell of it (as opposed for homologation purposes). Only 1672 of these amazing machines were made by BMW worldwide – all in LHD – before the OPEC oil crisis, and the attendant world-wide recession effectively put paid to BMWs ambitions. Production was halted prematurely, and we’re left with a hugely reduced number of the original 1660 production models – according to howmanyareleft.co.uk there are only 9 licensed for road use in the UK with a further possible 10 on SORN.
This particular 2002 turbo is a very special car within the BMW community. As one of the very few UK imported cars from new, it spent much of its early life with Tim Hignet, legendary dealer principal of the now defunct L&C BMW dealership in Tunbridge Wells. Tim’s collection was also legendary – he owned M1s, CSLs, an E12 M535i and a good few other star M cars, as well as a huge collection of BMW model cars. He sold most of his collection when he retired, and the 2002 turbo passed through a few owners until it was bought by Jamiroquai front man and demon collector, Jay Kay in 1995, at just the time his band was going through its meteoric ascent off the back of their Travelling Without Moving album. Jay has been a customer and friend of Munich Legends for a long time (we’re name checked in the album 😊) and he later bought Tim’s E12 M535i mentioned above. Jay kept the car for 20 years, until he sold it to the current owner around 2017. Our technical team have given the turbo a full inspection and have compiled a list of remedial and preventative works to ensure that this historic machine can be enjoyed – and damn well driven – for many years to come as both an investment, and a usable, funky, fast and fresh, classic BMW. All this reported work is included in the advertised price.
Decent ’02 turbos are becoming next to non-existent in the UK, and this one has a simply exceptional history, provenance and back story, so viewing is highly recommended. Please contact our showroom team on +44 1825 7405456 or email@example.com to book a viewing or for further info
To read Dan’s article on the 2002 turbo, click here