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Help!!! Identify roundie!


Patrick Walsh

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I recently rescued this roundie from imminent tragedy as it & several other car parts were left behind by a previous owner...( I'm now the proud owner of a Hudson radio & clock as well!) anyway this seems to be a8454171 02 series right tail light, but I can't find a stock # that matches the ones I'm seeing online, am I missing something ? Lp I'm including several pics ... The part # that I think SHOULD BE THERE is 8454171 ... Is this not OEM? I'm confused , I hope someone has come across this before & can clear the confusion. Thanks.

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You have the early red-centered lens - you'll need to search the used market for them.  New amber-centered lenses are also no longer available separately, but you can get the entire assembly new.

 

01 TAIL LIGHT LEFT part # 63218454170
01 TAIL LIGHT RIGHT part # 63218454171
02 Chrome ring LEFT part # 63211353317
02 Chrome ring RIGHT part # 63211353318
03 Lens part # 63211351669
03 Lens part # 63211351670
 
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Red centered lenses were used only on US spec cars up until late 1969 model year--they were NLA as early as Sept 1969 when I tried to buy one to replace a melted one on my 02.  I'm sure you'll find someone who wants it.

 

I also suspect the numbers you're reading on the lens and housing are the manufacturer's part numbers, not BMW's.  Those were made by an outside supplier, not BMW.

 

cheers

mike

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Red centered lenses were used only on US spec cars up until late 1969 model year--they were NLA as early as Sept 1969 when I tried to buy one to replace a melted one on my 02....

And, perhaps, some early '70 model year cars. My VIN 1668093 (manufactured September 8, 1969) came with red-center taillights. I still have those lights: shortly before I totaled the car, I swapped them for amber-centered lights to "modernize" the car. Clever. No?

One of the lights has no discernible date but the other is dated "18 Aug 1969" (photos below), which fits tidily with the September 8th manufacturing date.

Regards,

Steve

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Thanks for all the info & personal experiences, I will carry them with me as I find the rightful new guardian of this light.. I did not imagine such quick and informative responses... I will now have an even stronger urge to look for an 02 and truly become a "club" member!! Namaste'

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Steve--interesting data on your '70 with red center lenses...Your Sept 69 production date was only a few days after the 1970 models officially went into production on 1 Sept.  Once again, I think the answer is that BMW used up what they had on hand until they ran out, then switched to amber center lenses for US spec cars--probably after they discovered that amber rear turn signal lenses weren't illegal in the US...

 

Anyone else with a very early '70 have red center lenses?  

 

cheers

mike

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