Today everyone recognizes BMW as a sports luxury car manufacturer. Fans all over the world praise the performance of the modern-day M3's and M5's. BMW is a dream car for many, symbolizing prosperity and high social status. But a few decades ago, the future does not look so bright for the German manufacturer. The ’40s and ’50s are hard financial times for BMW.

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However, BMW manages to raise some money and produce a car model that is about to change the brand's history forever. Of course, this is the BMW New Class (German: Neue Klasse) series and its iconic legacy, the BMW 2002. The car lays the foundations of BMW's fame as the ultimate driving machine.

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Now a quick crash course. BMW 2002 is first launched in 1976. It comes with an underpowered 2-litre M10 engine, pumping out just 101 hp. Its “sporty” version 2002ti is with a double carburettor and 119 hp. Thankfully, BMW realises the potential of the model and creates the 2002 Turbo that utilizes a KKK turbo and pumps out 170 hp. This is the first turbocharged production car sold in Europe. The 2002 also features McPherson front struts with independent semi-trailing arm suspension in the rear, all aiding the fantastic handling characteristics.

These days it is kind of normal that a cheap 316 has just 136hp and a range-topping M3 has around 444hp. But back in the day having a 70 hp increase throughout the course of production of a single model is unimaginable.

Marc Carreras is the artist behind this minimalistic BMW 2002 art print. Order now your #finecarart at Simply Petrol marketplace.

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Print comes rolled in a cardboard tube with caps on each side. We leave up to 2 inches depending on the size to each side to allow for future framing and matting, if desired or help your artwork “breath” and “glance”. Hang or store ideally at a relative humidity of 35 to 65, between 10 and 30” C (50 - 86F). We guarantee a gallery quality print which will not fade, or yellow even facing direct sunlight and will remain light resistant for up to a century.

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