Wiliams BMW group to restore 1973 BMW 2002 - but there's a twist...

A 1973 BMW 2002 has returned to its' original Williams BMW Group garage for restoration work - 45 years after the dealer first sold the vehicle

‘YNA 718M’ boasts two owners, blemished paint and oxidised body panels. There’s crust on the arches and years of grime upon the car’s upper half. When new in 1973, 60mph could be breached from a standstill in 11.3 seconds before the drivetrain pushed on to 108mph. But that was a long time ago.

Supplied fresh from the factory by Williams BMW Manchester and serviced by the dealer’s expert mechanics until 1988, YNA 718M – a white 1973 BMW 2002 – was purchased by the second owner in 1991 before landing in storage seven years later. The BMW hasn’t seen the light of day since 1998.

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In dire need of recommissioning, the barn find Beemer recently went to auction with H&H Classics in search of a new owner. Incredibly, the German saloon was recognised by none other than Iain Burt; a former employee of Williams BMW and current Head of Operations at H&H Classics.

Emailing the Manchester branch, Ian told the firm’s directors of the vehicle’s whereabouts. They were hooked. Sending their Group Buyer, Adam Kirkpatrick, to view the BMW during the Warrington pre-sale brought another surprise. The car came complete with the original dealer paperwork ­– right down to the business card. Quite simply, they had to have it.

Adam attended the Duxford sale and successfully claimed the highest bid for Lot 3, offered at no reserve. After 45 years and thousands of miles, the 1973 BMW 2002 had been repatriated to Williams BMW group. But the plans don’t stop there. This is no impulse purchase. Rather, the BMW is to be restored to its former glory.

Iain Burt said: “This was one of those serendipitous things that happen when you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. I was delighted to be able to make the connection back to the car’s original supplier in the UK, the Williams BMW Group where I had worked previously.”

Adam Kirkpatrick says: “The moment I saw the car at H&H Classics HQ in Warrington I knew that we would want it back if we could win it at auction”. It will now be given the full Williams BMW restoration and lots of TLC.”

Quite when we’ll see the finished vehicle is yet to be revealed, but AutoClassics will bring you progress updates as and when we have them.

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