RE: Everytimer creates 1 Series-based ETA 02

RE: Everytimer creates 1 Series-based ETA 02

Thursday 10th January

Everytimer creates 1 Series-based ETA 02

Want a car that looks like an old 2002 but has 300hp and costs as much as an M3? Voila!



While sometimes forgotten, the 02 Series of cars is where modern BMW really begins. Launched in 1966 - and indeed celebrated in 2016 by BMW themselves with the 2002 Hommage - the car was eventually replaced by the original E21 3 Series. And we all know how important the 3 Series was and remains to BMW, despite the recent range diversification.

So the idea of a restomod '02, as this Everytimer ETA 02 is best described as, is far from a daft idea. There's the significance of the model to BMW's history, plus the insatiable demand for retro themed cars at present, which can be added to rising values of the original to draw people's attention elsewhere.


This Everytimer, as you may have guessed, is not built from an original 2002; instead it's based on the old 1 Series Convertible, specifically a 135i. So that means more than 300hp from a turbocharged straight-six, as well as a raft of mod-cons that would have seemed like sci-fi when the 2002 was first released.

The exterior is rather more dramatically overhauled than the inside. On top of the 1 Series chassis sits a "sporty and stylishly designed" body of fibreglass. While mostly a faithful recreation, the chunkier proportions of a modern car mean the Everytimer loses some of original's delicate styling. Certainly the ETA 02 is something different, and never underestimate the appeal to some of having something not owned by anyone else. Everytimer itself says the homage car is aimed at "individualists who want to call something special their own".


According to BMW Blog, the price these individualists will have to pay for something special is in the region of €70,000, which is an awful lot when there are 135i drop tops on PH from just £7k. Furthermore, the argument of strengthening values for originals is rather undone by this very presentable 2002 cabrio that's for sale at £22,000. Still, the 21st century car doesn't look as cool as the old one, and the original is nowhere near as fast - if you must combine the two, Everytimer does now have an option!






 

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Turbobanana

Original Poster:

1,211 posts

138 months

Thursday 10th January
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Quite possibly the worst thing I have ever seen. I love the simplicity of the -02 shape: this misses the point by a mile. It would need to be scaled up by ~50% to allow for the ridiculously high waistline.

I'm no fan of the 1-Series, but I'd prefer that over this.

Edited by Turbobanana on Thursday 10th January 14:31

Robert-nszl1

232 posts

25 months

Thursday 10th January
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Looks like a boat. Recognising that BMW's current design language is pretty dire, it's a shame this bunch haven't come up with something more appealing. The point of most restomods is they take a car that most would view as having some aesthetic merit, and modernise the underpinnings in some way. I can't think of an example of a company that has taken a relatively new car and successfully created an homage that looks anything other than slightly odd. The David Brown GT is another case in point.

Quhet

1,779 posts

83 months

Thursday 10th January
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The side profile of this is horrible and why haven't they done anything to the interior?!

pacdes

53 posts

98 months

Thursday 10th January
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Turbobanana said:
Quite possibly the worst thing I have ever seen. I love the simplicity of the -02 shape: this misses the point by a mile. It would need to be scaled up by ~50% to allow for the ridiculously high waistline.

I'm no fan of the 1-Series, but I'd prefer the original over this.
Two designers have just given this the thumbs up!

Krikkit

13,903 posts

118 months

Thursday 10th January
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Don't understand this at all - the E82 convertible (in sporty spec) was the best-looking of the 1-series range imho.

That's neither man nor beast, just a pastiche of old design smushed over a modern car. Awful.
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MIP1983

181 posts

142 months

Thursday 10th January
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Not something I'd fancy myself but it looks pretty distinct and well made.

JMF894

2,693 posts

92 months

Thursday 10th January
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Front's ok but the side and rear don't work. And I would want the interior to feel retro too.

derin100

4,434 posts

180 months

Thursday 10th January
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I would imagine it's a very difficult thing to do but this all looks a bit heavy handed?

thegreenhell

4,925 posts

156 months

Thursday 10th January
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This looks like fat Elvis compared to the slim-hipped original.

It's not really a restomod either. That would be taking an original 2002 and updating the mechanicals. This is just a 1-series in a bodykit.

DBRacingGod

505 posts

129 months

Thursday 10th January
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Clumsy, gaudy, overbaked, pointless, repellant even. Should do well with rich, stupid folks.

RPastry

351 posts

127 months

Thursday 10th January
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it looks like one of those kit car conversion things, and at the 'you're not fooling anyone' end of the scale.

aeropilot

16,771 posts

164 months

Thursday 10th January
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All I can put is...........WTF yikes

Followed by rofl and redcard

CharlieAlphaMike

221 posts

42 months

Thursday 10th January
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I...errr...quite like it getmecoat

InitialDave

4,204 posts

56 months

Thursday 10th January
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That is vile.

Augustus Windsock

1,577 posts

92 months

Thursday 10th January
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Er, no. Just no.

WJNB

1,426 posts

98 months

Thursday 10th January
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Somebody will buy it & somebody else will be laughing all the way to the zee bank.

996TT02

2,823 posts

77 months

Thursday 10th January
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No.

cookie1600

1,046 posts

98 months

Thursday 10th January
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What was it Eric Morecambe said?

"I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order."

alorotom

5,557 posts

124 months

Thursday 10th January
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I like it ... its clearly a homage rather than a replica but thats fine by me. The only change I would make is dialling the wheel size down a little.

HumanSteamroller

36 posts

14 months

Thursday 10th January
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Truly gopping.