Fountain Square Roundie is a father-daughter project out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The name given was based off of the city’s iconic sculpture which was created in Munich. This sculpture and this 2002 were built exactly 100 years apart, both born in the same German city. Eric, being a designer, created a fantastic logo for this project. Enjoy a visit to their blog, tons of information and photos on this BMW project.
Eric admits to knowing from the start that this car project was a bit over their head, but more importantly believed that it must be done. The goals that were set out from the beginning are as follows:
The first two have gone very well, the third will take more time.
Similar to other 2002 owners, it was the clean, direct driving feel which was the hook when driving this model Bimmer for the first time. Eric had a 1976 BMW 2002 and has a wonderful article in Petrolicious about his October 1996 solo road trip from Cincinnati, Ohio to Seattle. Click on the photo to go read it.
This 76 was sold, surely with regret. Don’t we all know what happens next? Now there is another to fill that empty feeling which can only be remedied by a set of 02 keys in hand and a project in the garage. Eric and his daughter purchased the partially disassembled project car from someone who saved it from the crusher. No history of previous owners, she’s a clean slate with a lot of work ahead. Eric has plans for this car, to be passed down to Sarah. Not only a set of keys, but maybe more importantly, all the memories and stories it will forever keep.
Some wise words by Eric and his daughter for those of you working on your own 2002 project: “Momentum is everything on a project, and we’ve had both good and bad seasons. Advice is to keep at it, somehow, even when you can’t afford new parts.”
This classic 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona has a great story, one of past loves, fate, and of cars which really do find their perfect owners. Tom told me how he first discovered his fondness of 2002’s. July of 1969, working at a dealership, learning about imports, he met his first 02. Totally besotted by a beautiful Chamonix, he knew he had to have one. By 1970 Tom had acquired himself a new Atlantik, with a sunroof and Blaupunkt Frankfort radio.
“The fact that in 1970 none of my friends had ever heard of BMW. That I could out corner, out perform most of the cars on the street was a revelation. Five years later, I sold my Atlantik in 1974, took the money and traveled through S. America for a year. After returning home, I saw her on the street in a swanky part of town. It was like seeing your ex with some jerk in a fancy restaurant laughing it up without you. It just killed me. I swore that some day I’d get another one. From that day on and for thirty-some years, I would have dreams about her, wondering where I had parked it and what good shape she was in. When I purchased “Baby II”, the dreams stopped. I told my wife when we married I would get another ’02. By 2001, the hunt was on. Then, one night I took Roundel to bed with me and while I turned to the For Sale section, I thought, “will today be the day”? And boom, there it was, a 1970 Atlantik, in original condition with 18,500 miles on the clock. I jumped out of bed and began emailing the owner. He was the second owner, living in Oregon, selling the car to capitalize a new business. The first owner was a professor at University of Wisconsin and had purchased it new in Boston. It sat in his garage in Madison for thirty years, being driven sparingly until his wife wondered why she was parking outside in the Wisconsin snow, while this car was inside. The only person I trusted to look at the car was my old college buddy, a BMW works mechanic, who, by some miracle lived only fifty miles away. He blessed it and I bought it. It was like hitting a bullet with a bullet.”
This 02 has a few mods, tinted windows and a Becker Europa radio. Tom has added a Amco walnut shift knob, Bilston shocks and new rubber bushings.
How do you decide if you are keeping your 02 stock? I have been corrected a few more times than I would like to admit as I learn all the little details of each year and model of this bimmer. Part of me loves the pureness and class of those kept stock. Another part of me celebrates the personality and charm of the 2002’s which have been modified to uniquely fit their owners driving style and taste. The bones are there and they are good.
“I have a set of period correct MiniLite wheels I put on for my own edification, from time to time. I took off the noisy exhaust and refitted with an original. BMW’s aren’t “noisy”. I replaced the Sach’s shocks with Bilstein’s and replaced as much of the old rubber bushings as possible. The car had never been properly buffed out and I put a “concours” shine on it. And, aside from the Amco shift knob, it’s “as delivered”. I know, because I had a new one delivered to me. BTW, it’s one month younger than the original “Baby”.”
Tom shared the Hemmings Sports and Exotic article Babied Blau on this 1970 02 of his, published in the 2012 issue. I assume it was written because of his trophy at the BMW sponsored Hilton Head Concours event. My favorite part of this cars story is Tom’s recollection of this event. “But, the best part was after I was awarded my trophy, I had to drive past a line of BMW race cars. All of the owners stood and clapped for my little ’02 as I drove by.”
“Pretty much all of the significant privately owned BMW’s were there as well as an immense factory contribution from Munich. I met Bobby Rahal who had an ’02 and we reminisced about how we’d drag muscle cars into tight corners and never see them again. I received a runner up trophy in the “post war” period, one of two. The president of BWM N.A. was one of my judges.”
As these posts continue you will begin to see a few questions I ask owners repeated. This one I find to bring about the most interesting responses,
Has owning this BMW changed you in some way?
Tom responded with the following: “It’s been a real joy to me, being able to recapture my youth in such a spectacular way. Though I have far more powerful sports and track cars, its impossible for me to be any happier than when I’m tooling around in my 2002 with it’s 110 bhp 1996 cc single Solex.”
And, if you have the same curiousity as I do about the future of these cars… Tom feels his Atlantik should probably be donated to BMW (that would be a very generous thing to do), he does joke (but inside I think he is quite serious) that he wants to be buried in it; just release the handbrake and push. The love is deep.
Samuel has quite a project ahead of him. This is where the true love of the BMW2002 shines. Having never driven or ridden in one, Samuel first saw a BMW02 when he moved to his stepfathers house in 2014. This restoration project is going to change that, he has admitted to becoming quite obsessed with this bimmer, knowing there is beauty and soul beneath the endless hours of work (and a fair dose of frustration) which lay ahead of him.
Manufactured on October 6, 1967. Ellie is one of the last BMWs with a 2 spoke steering wheel and swan neck mirrors.
When asked what the biggest challenges he mentions welding, and sourcing the correct parts. I suppose a 1967 4 speed will require much research and determination when it comes to restoring closely to it’s original state. No history on this car’s previous owners is known, but thanks to Samuel and the folks who help along the way, this car will have another life to live. Ellie has a lot of roads to cover, joy to give, and memories to make.