Restomodding is seriously big business these days. And why shouldn’t it be? It combines the beautiful lines of classic metal with modern comforts and the real prospect of everyday driving – not just the one-sunny-weekend-a-month blast of a regular vintage car.
To keep things simple, a restomod is any car that’s been modified while it’s been restored. So, even if the modifications are slight, like changing the dynamo for an alternator in a Morris Mini, it’s now technically a restomod.
Of course, the best restomodders go far beyond the standard ‘recondition, replace, renew’ mantra of your garden-variety restomod. They go all out, creating finished products that take a classic car from being merely desirable to one that actually makes you hurt with longing. Modern materials and techniques are moulded into classic shapes in a way that’s appealing to just about everyone, regardless of whether they’re into cars or not.
You’ve seen it from the likes of Singer, Icon and Eagle – creating desperately gorgeous and exceptionally engineered versions of iconic cars. But what about the cars that are just begging for a professional restomod of their own? In this new weekly feature, Top Gear makes a case for the restomods you never knew you needed. And this week, it’s the BMW 2002.