BMW ETA 02 Cabrio Is A Coachbuilt 135i With 2002 Retro Modern Looks

Along with the New Class, the BMW 02 series forever shaped the Bavarian brand’s design and established it as a maker of sports sedans.

To this day it remains one of the most recognizable BMWs ever made and a sought-after classic. Finding a good one is not easy, though, as not many have survived and many of those that have are heavily modified.

But what if all you want is a car that looks like the classic 2002 and goes like a modern BMW? Well, you can count on Germany’s Everytimer Automobile to convert a BMW 135i Convertible into an open-air BMW 2002 lookalike baptized ETA 02 Cabrio.

The car features a bodywork made of fiberglass shaped to look like the 1971 BMW 2002 convertible. Compared to the 2002, the ETA 02 Cabrio uses modern iterations of the round bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights, bigger wheels, and a lowered windshield angle. The A-pillar and windshield are actually sourced from the E88 1 Series Convertible, as is the trunk lid for the soft top. All the other bodywork components were hand built from scratch.

Underneath the retro-styled bodywork, there’s a BMW 135i chassis meaning the ETA 02 Cabrio packs a 302hp (306PS) 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six engine that allows it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in about 5 seconds and touch 250 km/h (155 mph). Not bad for a car that looks cute rather than aggressive.

So far, Everytimer Automobile has built two prototypes, a blue one and a green one. The cars the company will build next will have carbon fiber bodies and will be offered for sale. As you can imagine, they won’t come cheap — the conversion will cost around €70,000 (about $80,000).


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  • paulgdeaton

    Stunning beautiful. I don’t think $80,000.00 is to much to ask for the conversion; if the quality is as good as it looks, they will sell as many as they can make (which probably isn’t a lot…).

    • Marc Gruben

      I dunno… $80k plus a 6-year-old (at best) 135i Cabrio equals a $100k++ car that I’d be terrified to drive for fear of incurring damage. It’ll never appreciate in value and insuring it could be problematic. For the same money, I’d rather buy four 135i’s and start a stunt-driving school.


    • Christian


  • Great! Now we just need one with a battery under it.

    • Bash

      Oh you just didn’t say what I think you just said! lol

      • Oh I most certainly did! I’ve come very close to retrofitting a 328i cabrio but went with the Model 3 and a glass roof as a less difficult alternative. But I would trade the Model 3 for one of these in a heartbeat if it was full electric.

        • Bash

          Because it has more style and presence than the plain model 3. Just admit it bro. All what I’m saying is that we are on the same page.

  • Dennis James

    Looks nice, though not really like a BMW.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    It kinda answers a question that very few will ask.

  • Bash


  • Dude

    I don’t normally like the retro style but those look amazing (mostly in blue though; not feeling that green paint)

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Why taillights arent original 002′

  • Holmer_k

    Love it. Give me one in Teal with the blacked out grill and blacked out wheels. That is, unless I have to pay for it. Then no sale.

  • Tabs Luther

    Maybe if it wasn’t so slab sided, looks like a slightly styled brick. The front isn’t distinctive enough to scream bmw, and the back is a complete mess.

  • Blade t

    I’m kinda liking this, at least in the lighter color..

  • Tinky-Winky

    It just doesn’t work for me. At least they didn’t waste any real 2002’s body parts.


    Oh so close…but not quite.

  • The rear end is a bit of turn off for me, but the front is spot on, and they say only Rocket Bunny can make new cars look old.

  • Stephen G

    Cool. The tail lights could be a bit smaller.

  • ctk4949

    I like the front, but the rear…meh

  • DMJ

    The tail lights are from the Alfa Romeo Mito! Just google it!
    I think that the result is not bad, but too expensive and I would be terrified to crash it. For 80.000, plus a standard 135i, I could buy many nice cars new, and specially used. Maybe do a little effort and buy a BMW Z8…with all the security of profitability…and proper assistance.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Cool. Do it with a coupe and then we can truly see.

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