1969 BMW 1602

Item specifics

  • Year: 1969
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: 1602
  • Trim: 2 Door Hardtop
  • Engine: 1573cc I4
  • Drive Type: RWD
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 1567736
  • Mileage: 85,000
  • Exterior Color: Chamonix White
  • Interior Color: Cognac


Condition: Used VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 1567736
Year: 1969 Engine: 1573cc I4
Make: BMW Drive Type: RWD
Model: 1602 Mileage: 85,000
Trim: 2 Door Coupe Vehicle Title: Clear

I am THOROUGHLY excited to offer for a sale this beautiful 1969 BMW 1602!  It has been well cared for, drives like a DREAM and looks absolutely stunning in Chamonix White over Saddle Brown.  This is a long ad, but please be sure to read the entire thing – there is a lot of wonderful detail to cover!  Let’s dive right in!


“The New Class makes a breakthrough” BMW arrived at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show with the 1500 model. This new model would successfully penetrate the market and re-establish BMW a modern, successful car manufacturer. This excitement allowed the company to become profitable again in 1963. A company that planted it roots in aircraft engines, followed by motorcycles was now a contender in the market for sporty two-door and four-door passenger cars. The 1602 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966, with design influence by the legendary Giovanni Michelotti.  The 02 Class cars began to many what would be termed as the beginning of modern BMW.  That quintessential BMW driving experience is deeply engrained in the 02 class cars.

Under the bonnet of this beauty is a 1,573-cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine, fueled by a single Solex downdraft carburetor. The engine would produce 85hp at 5,700rpm. Married to the engine is a smooth shifting four-speed manual transmission. Enhancing the driving experience is independent front and rear suspension and a hydraulic braking system.

This Roundie is part of a major private collection featuring some very significant marques.  It has been cared for in house and kept in ready to drive condition by a large team.  It sits beside many other rare and collectible BMW within the collection.  This car is part of a greater enjoyment and celebration of all things BMW, not just a one off purchase.

The Condition and Service:

Let’s start on the engine and drivetrain:

Matching numbers engine!  The engine comes to life immediately with a twist of the key.  With even a crack of the throttle it, the BMW feels peppy, smooth, loves to rev, and effortlessly pulls away!  More then a leisurely drive?  Keep your foot in it and the real thrill of the engine comes to life!  The powerband sits above the 3k rpm marker and comes alive as and you comfortably and quickly pull away from your fellow drivers. It really is a quite a special little engine.  The engine is free of any issues, shows no major (or really any) leaks.  Starts right up cold or warm and settles into idle quickly.

Check out the engine bay pics!  Clean, tidy and well cared!

The 4 speed transmission is in FANTASTIC shape.  Tight, confident shifts. NO grinds, NO syncro issues.  The shifter eases into gear without any drama.

No bangs, no rough ride, no clunks! The shocks dampen wonderfully!  The car is tight in corners, and comfortable on the straights!

Confident pedal, great pressure with a firm positive stop.

Steering feels good, tight and with no excessive vibrations or play.

Let’s continue to the exterior:

The paint is VERY nice!  It is a 8 out of 10 easily.  Shiny, beautiful, Chamonix White paint was recently polished, finished and waxed and looks wonderful.  Flaws are minor at best and would represent a car that was well cared for, but enjoyed. It is the original color and was repainted in a perfect match.  I can find NO rust on the car.  Clean trunk, floors, shock towers, cowl, etc.  There is some light surface oxidation on little stone chips/etc underneath in some places and that is it.

Great shape wheel covers, wheels and tires. Shiny metal on the wheel covers and loads of tread on the tires!

The bumpers are in wonderful shape! No dents, cracks or issues!  Chrome is nice all around the car with only minor flaws.

Not to let a pebble defeat this car, the windshield is great shape, with no chips or sandblasting.  The door and rear glass is wonderful shape!  Clear and clean!

Onto the cabin:

The Saddle Brown seats are in wonderful shape!  No splits, no worn spots!  Just wonderful and soft!  It really is a treat to spend time in these seats.  Rear seats are in great shape as well!

Beautiful shape!!  Two very small cracks that were repaired and not very noticeable.  Please see the pics below.

Very nice panels, no stains, tears or issues!

Very nice carpet in the car!  No heel wear or stains!  Coco mats in wonderful shape!

Windows roll down and up with no issues.  Good tracks and no dead rollers.  Rears pop out nicely.

Original Blaupunkt radio works GREAT!

The wheel is in great shape with no major defects or cracking!

This beauty comes complete with the owner’s manual, BMW scarf and umbrella, toolkit and records!

The Experience:
This 1602 is a dream to drive. It is tight, very comfortable, very quick, nimble and smooth.   It has all the power it had from the factory and then some, and from even a little gas is torquey and responsive.  It is so easy to fall in love with this BMW.  One twist of the key and she is humming along at idle.  Press the gas and she growls!  Rowing the gears of this BMW on windy road is about as close to driving nirvana one can get.  There were so few cars like the 1602 to drive.  I find myself in odd cars all of the time, from the hyper expensive and rare, to the quirky, to the mundane.  This 1602 is one of my favorite cars to drive.  It has the soul of a racecar and the nuts and bolts of a touring car.  It has this great big steering wheel that feels wonderful in your hands and the car allows you to turn into any corner with confidence.  I hope you can tell by my long ad that this car is an wonderful and beautiful 1602.   This really is a very special car to drive and with the ongoing care within the collection, it is a worry free BMW, ready to be enjoyed for the second half of summer and fall! These coupes are renowned for their driving experience, and this particular example is of the finest examples available; it’s ideal for touring and classic car events.  They are becoming extremely collectible as well!

Feel free to ask me any questions at all.  Residents around the country I am happy to be flexible for your arranged shipper so that you can get your new car as soon as possible.