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Teutonic Tuesday: BMW 2002tii Touring & Friends by Schuco

Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: BMW 2002tii Touring  Friends by Schuco

For today’s edition of TT, I had a particular member here in mind, I’m sure he can figure out who he is. ;-) The model in question is BMW’s first ever hatchback - the 02 Touring. It was released in 1971 to supplement the two-door sedans.

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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: BMW 2002tii Touring  Friends by Schuco

The Touring was not a success - it was discontinued in 1974, and no Touring model was ever offered on the first 3-Series Beemer, the E21.

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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: BMW 2002tii Touring  Friends by Schuco

A five-door Touring version was offered with the E30 series - but that was more of a wagon than a hatchback.

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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: BMW 2002tii Touring  Friends by Schuco

Schuco went all our when making the Touring version - they made an entirely new casting, incorporating a few mods like the quad lights of the tii version. The two sedans you see here are a 1602 and 2002. How can you tell the difference, you ask? Well, only by the paper insert on the bottom of the box... The models are identical!

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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: BMW 2002tii Touring  Friends by Schuco

The Touring model has been with me since it was new - that’s got to be close to 40 years now... The two sedans I bought as replacements for a silver one that didn’t survive my childhood quite in as good a condition as the Touring.

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Illustration for article titled Teutonic Tuesday: BMW 2002tii Touring  Friends by Schuco

I hope you enjoyed the pics - I certainly loved taking them and remembering when you could buy these little beauties new in the shop.

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