[Video] Jay Leno takes command of BMW 2002 with M3 engine swap image

This 1976 BMW 2002 has just saw it fit to pay a visit to Jay Leno’s comprehensive garage and the well-known comic, TV host and car aficionado claims this particular example to be his perfect restomod.

The BMW 2002 has – according to countless reports – been almost solely responsible for making the German brand a well-known performance address in America. BMW’s 2002 wasn’t actually the first to come to the US, but its lightweight construction and great 2.0-liter four-cylinder were mana for enthusiasts – and making the run in the aftermarket sector has been a regular thing ever since. Marc Norris from Bavarian Workshop is the author of this 2002, which has been done about a decade ago for a client.

[Video] Jay Leno takes command of BMW 2002 with M3 engine swap 4

Now its beating heart is a 2.3-liter S14 four-cylinder from a 1989 E30 M3, complete with five-speed manual instead of the old four-speed. It also got fender flares for the 16-inch wheels while extensive modifications to the suspension ensure all the power gets properly to the road. The two do enter a fan argument about the new stainless steel exhaust, one aiming to calm it down, the other loving it as aggressive as it gets – you can make your own mind while watching the video.