Scott Lear
Scott Lear
11/10/14 3:15 p.m.

“Well, I always liked to drive fast.”

It doesn’t take more than a few words to realize that Paul Tillery Jr. possesses a true Southerner’s knack for spinning a yarn. A quick question about his burgundy BMW 2002 prompts a recollection of when he was 16 and got his first car. When a Carolina storyteller starts weaving a tale, it’s best just to hang on and enjoy the ride.

Paul, a commercial real estate agent in Raleigh, North Carolina, got his first taste of four-wheeled freedom in a second-generation Chevy Corvair. The car was equipped with a four-speed manual, and that made all the difference in Paul’s mind. “The guys I ran with admired driving as an art form,” he declares. “I learned to double-clutch, rev-match and row the gearbox well. I learned driving on back-country roads.”

Next he upgraded to a Pontiac GTO, and while he loved the increase in power, he lamented its lack of agility in the corners. In 1969, Paul decided to try something different: a BMW 2002.

“I picked the car up in Germany and drove it around Europe for a while, then brought it back. It had a close-ratio gearbox, a limited-slip differential—it was something special,” he notes. “I drove it until it was pretty much falling apart underneath me, but I never forgot what a wonderful car that was.”

Fast-forward to 1983, when Paul found a used BMW 2002. He couldn’t resist another round of ownership with the plucky German sport sedan, so he modified the car a bit and drove it for several years. As his family grew, however, Paul had to make the switch to a station wagon. The BMW was retired to a spot behind his house, and for more than a decade, Paul’s driving passion was on pause.

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nleksan
nleksan
8/15/15 9:12 p.m.

As the former owner of a 2002Tii that I bought as a shell, and rebuilt as a modernized track-able sports car while rescuing one of the finest driving machines of its time from a tragically rusty grave and giving it a new lease on life ;) by putting a fully built genuine S14 EVO III Race motor (about 296bhp@8800/212lb-ft@5450) made the 265R16's fight for traction, I thought I would not like this, but I was wrong. It's expertly done, props.

djsilver
djsilver Reader
8/15/15 9:25 p.m.

"I might as well take a hammer and smash my finger, then cut my hand with a shop knife and then go ahead and burn myself..,"

This is the best I've ever heard this sentiment expressed. I like working on cars and I think I'm pretty good at it, and I still feel this way sometime!

Deltabox
Deltabox New Reader
5/3/21 7:10 p.m.

Cool car, does it bother anyone else that the exhaust is just skimming the tarmac? 

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