West Palm 2002

Early wheel color paint

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42 minutes ago, bluehills2002 said:

Thank you Steve and Mike for the enlightenment.  As I look at my spare in the daylight, I see it it is actually two tone—blue outer ring,   black inner ring, so clearly painted by some prior owner (hey, it was the 70s!). The other steelies were long gone when I acquired the car.  But scraping away a little of the black paint,I see it is a ‘72 wheel (car mfg date of 7/72, base model), and the inside appears to be silver.  PS:  this car is not on the road, so I am not counting on that ancient Michelin to get me home!)





And the February 1972 date stamped on the rim (“2/72”) is perfectly in keeping with the July 1972 manufacturing date of the car: BMW did not worry about the dates being consistent among all five rims and rims were regularly dated up to 10-or-so months prior to the car’s manufacturing date. I’d guess they simply kept a large inventory of the rims, from which they randomly drew rims.


And, yes, that XAS pre-dates the D.O.T. dating codes, which I believe were instituted in the ‘70’s!  It could conceivably be original to a ‘72....😯






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