Back in 1968 a forward-thinking director by the name of Stanley Kubrick decided to explore the universe and the cause of the evolution of man’s consciousness. Kubrick staked his claim into the primordial earth with a huge alien monolith that apparently propelled peaceful apelike creatures into the weapon-wielding warmongers we are today.
He followed this line of evolution to a logical conclusion wherein the computers created by humans would become their own rival in the quest for transcendence. So the story went from ape, to man in a space suit, to creators of computers, to a disembodied blending of consciousness with some mysterious intergalactic overlords. Overlords who had a keen eye for smooth rectangular-proportioned monoliths painted in flat black plasti-dip.
Our director left a few things out along the way, perhaps because the movie as released was already two and a half hours long. Nonetheless, omitted were important milestones (some of which hadn’t been invented in 1968) such as: the roar of a muscle car engine, deep fried Snickers bars, bell bottoms, Rubik’s Cube, Beanie Babies, scratch and sniff stickers, Pearl Jam, and of course twerking.
Naturally the film I’m referring to is 2001: A Space Odyssey. In retrospect it’s awfully sweet to think that back then someone thought that the collective consciousness of mankind would evolve into pure consciousness by the turn of the millennium instead of – well – instead of what we actually ended up with.
But despite the tragic character arc of modern mankind, a few shining examples of ingenuity made an appearance, not the least of which was the centrifugal set Kubrick had fabricated to shoot the realistic rotating spacecraft scenes.
Not to be outdone by an American film director, BMW a year later came out with their own Odyssey of sorts, the 2002. And that’s one more than 2001 isn’t it? Take that, Kubrick. The 2002 was a 2 liter evolution of the 1600-02 (1.6 liter, 2-door) entry level coupe which had begun production in 1966. The 2002 tii model which is what this particular vehicle is called, has a fuel-injected 130hp 4 cylinder engine capable of reaching 115mph. Or at least that’s what it originally came with, and supposedly how fast it could go.
Regardless of the numbers, the 2002 has come to be thought of as the quintessential driver’s machine. What a purist might consider the essence of European motorsporting intentions. It evolved into Beemer’s 3-series cars and while many vehicles would have vanished into the mists of time, the 2002 has become a classic, revered by collectors.
This particular white over blue BMW 2002tii is said by the seller to have a rebuilt motor, and has been converted to a 5-speed manual (which should make things a bit more fun for the row-your-own crowd). It is said to have 88K miles on the odometer and has a clean title. Interior and exterior appear in the photos to be in great shape for a car of this vintage. While it may not help you become one with the invisible hand of our stellar ancestors, it is likely to give you quite a bit of joy as you take the journey.
Check out it’s original listing HERE.