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On my early BMW E21 recaros they are like A, Flat across the top

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Below: first photo from a BMW Dealer Accessories brochure ca. 1973; second photo of an original set in a touring with the Sport Paket option; third photo of an original set on Recaro Idealsitz S (not factory option seats, but only manufactured 1972-73).

 

May I note that the brochure references an August 1973 date and illustrates the “late round taillight” style of headrest, the one referred to as “eared”, because the ends of the headrest are enlarged to keep one’s head centered. This style appeared on U.S. cars during the 1973 calendar year (mid-1973 model year) but I believe Lars mentioned they appeared earlier on Euro-spec cars. Why am I mentioning this? Because it’s possible that the optional “factory” Recaro’s were updated when BMW updated their own headrests. Stated differently, an earlier factory Recaro might use a different headrest from a later factory Recaro. (Lars, are you here?)

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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This is quite easy. Later cars had peanut when vinyl, D-shape if leather or textile. Earlier were always D-shape

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10 hours ago, uai said:

This is quite easy. Later cars had peanut when vinyl, D-shape if leather or textile. Earlier were always D-shape

 

Easy for you, Uli!  Not so much for me! ?

 

Can we define those terms?

 

The ca. 1973 brochure photo shows a vinyl peanut, because it is later?

 

The photo of the touring shows a vinyl D-shape because it is earlier,

 

And my Idealsitz S headrests are.... well I don’t know, maybe they’re vinyl D-shape, although the seat on the right has a little “peanut” to it?

 

Back in the original post, I would refer to “A” as “tubular” and “B” as “eared”.... Does tubular = D-shape and eared = peanut?

 

Thanks and best regards,

 

Steve

 

 

 

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Hi Steve, D-Shape has the plate with the 4 screws on the bottom
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Peanut is with the clipped in cover

 

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8 hours ago, uai said:

Hi Steve, D-Shape has the plate with the 4 screws on the bottom
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Peanut is with the clipped in cover

 

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Yep. Got it, Uli!

 

Thanks and regards,

 

Steve

 

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