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Determining manufacturing month from VIN?

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I have a 200Tii from 1973, currently in another town (for rebuild). Shop does not open till monday but I was wondering if the VIN (2764343) can be tracked to determine the year and month it was built. It is a roundie with the non-impact bumpers.

The FAQ VIN for US cars gives me...

Mod 71 1973 Jan-73 to Aug-73 2-763-220 2-764-521

But this is a Canadian car (has 9.5:1 compression ratio stock)

More specifically, I am wondering if the correct front and back roundels are 51145480181 and 51141801560 respectively. My understanding is that there was a change in parts in Sept 73' plus or minus.

Thanks for any help. I could find out Monday but patience is not one of my virtues. ;-)

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Did you send an e-mail to BMW Classic Archives in Germany yet?

Your VIN points to a very late '73 tii.

Christina Hartung is very quick to respond at this address.

[email protected]

Also look at the various date coded items on your car for clues:

Tail light housings (inside - may be stamped in purple or blue for Month and year)

Cylinder head if original

KF pump housing if original (may be older than the car)

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www.bmwfans.info indicates the 181 Roundel was used on the tii until April '74, and it appears your car was manufactured probably around June of 1973, near the end of production of the roundie tiis. The 560 roundel was used up to the start of the 1974 cars, the square-tails, in August of 1973.

Bob Napier

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www.bmwfans.info indicates the 181 Roundel was used on the tii until April '74, and it appears your car was manufactured probably around June of 1973, near the end of production of the roundie tiis. The 560 roundel was used up to the start of the 1974 cars, the square-tails, in August of 1973.

Bob Napier

Great, so I am good then. Thank you so much.

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A call to my dealer in Medford Oregon got my month/year birthday which matched my fed vin sticker on the door jamb, 11/75 my 76 golfie was born on and DMV gave her a 75 pink slip, no smog and dont have a clue what I did to get so lucky

Dave

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Did you send an e-mail to BMW Classic Archives in Germany yet?

Your VIN points to a very late '73 tii.

Christina Hartung is very quick to respond at this address.

[email protected]

Also look at the various date coded items on your car for clues:

Tail light housings (inside - may be stamped in purple or blue for Month and year)

Cylinder head if original

KF pump housing if original (may be older than the car)

FYI, I sent a message and got the following response:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for your message. Due to relocation the BMW Group Archive is closed presumably until spring 2013. During this period we are unable to process any requests or certificate orders. Furthermore, there will be no possibility to conduct research in our archive. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thank you very much for your understanding. For updates please check www.bmw-grouparchives.com .

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Best regards

Andreas Harz

BMW Group Archiv

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