Many of us have bought cars that were in need of some TLC, whether that be a small bit of paint restoration or a check engine light that comes on the moment you leave the forecourt. Only the truly brave, though, think it’s a good idea to buy a car with a loose gearbox and an engine in bits. A bit like Scott.
You might know him as scottos on the forums, where he’s been diligently documenting the restoration of his stunning 1973 BMW 2002 Tii. Not only did the engine need piecing together, it was also missing a few crucial components such as a carburettor. Thankfully, Scott knows a thing or two about motors, having helped out at an engine builder since he was 14. With their help, he’s managed to piece together a glorious motor that currently develops around 180hp and revs all the way up to a screaming 7,500rpm. How he’s not gone deaf is a mystery.
Moreover, it's clearly a labour of love, with some brilliantly geeky touches inside and out. The gearbox, for instance, is the ultra-rare dogleg five-speed, an optional extra back in the day, while the badges hark back to the old BMW M Motorsport roundels. Even its back story, a right-hand drive car that started life in Germany, adds to the incredible history this 2002 Tii has amassed. But don’t take our word for it, we’ll leave that up to Scott…
Read Scott's Readers' Cars thread in full here.