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Hello FAQ.  I have a 1973 tii roundie.  Years ago, I swapped out the drivers door with the vin tag.  My VIN number is 2764022.  I'm wondering what month/year that VIN would correspond to. 

Someone once told be it was 05/73 but that has never been confirmed.   I bet someone has a tii with a close vin number.  Thanks!

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The "how close is your VIN?" game is a fun one.  

 

While waiting for a winner, you can  email [email protected]

 

You will get a response in a couple of days with manufacture date and original paint code.

 

Tom

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Thanks Tom!  I'll do that. It's Malaga for sure!

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My guess is after May 14, 1973, but on or before May 28, 1973. This is based on the BMW Group Archives data for VIN’s 2763966 and 2764049, respectively. Since U.S. tii’s, as well as other distinct sub-models, were often manufactured in batches, I wouldn’t be surprised if VIN 2764022 was manufactured the same day as VIN 2764049.

 

Please share the Archives data with us after you’ve heard from them.

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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9 hours ago, 02Les said:

2764021 = 24 May 1973😁

 

Hmm.... 2764021 is fairly close to 2764022... 😉

 

I am hereby officially conceding the win to Les, before we even see Archives' response! ☺️

 

Best regards,

 

Steve

 

 

 

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Wow, Les is the winner hands down.  I heard from Archives' this morning.  Date of manufacture:  5/22/73, delivered to Hoffman Motors in NYC on May 24, 1973.

 

Thanks to all that responded!

 

Kevin

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Interesting:

2764014 23 May '73

2764021 24 May

2764022 22 May

 

Not the first time cars completed out of VIN sequence, but not too often.

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All e9s are out of sequence too but much fewer built and all at the Karmann factory.  Two VINs can be three weeks apart and it isn’t due to the paint color either.

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On 5/19/2020 at 12:55 PM, 02Les said:

Interesting:

2764014 23 May '73

2764021 24 May

2764022 22 May

 

Not the first time cars completed out of VIN sequence, but not too often.

 

Yeah, fortunately, I heard the story behind that! 😉

 

1564014 and 1564021 came off the line on Wednesday, May 22nd, with 1564022, but missing their who-zits. Consequently, they could not be recorded as completed. Two who-zits were ordered. On Thursday, Helmut found a who-zit that had rolled under his tool box, stuck it on 1564014, and the car rolled off to the inspectors, who recorded the car as complete. On Friday, the two ordered who-zits arrived, and 1564021 got one of them, rolled off to the inspectors, and was recorded as complete. Sadly, Helmut was terminated for losing a who-zit, slowing the assembly line -- even if only temporarily! But fortunately, he became a chef, a very successful one, as it was a field for which he had much greater passion than auto-building!

 

It's so reasonable and simple -- if entirely concocted by me -- that it might explain the occasional one and two-day out-of-sequence cars.

 

Best regards,

 

Steve

 

 

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On 5/19/2020 at 1:56 PM, Conserv said:

It's so reasonable and simple -- if entirely concocted by me -- that it might explain the occasional one and two-day out-of-sequence cars.

Or...as the cars rolled off the assembly line, one didn't pass final inspection for something--a minor scratch in the paint, something that didn't work, like a light or the horn, and was held back and sent to the repair line.  Manufacturers do this all the time, and I suspect that back then BMW was really picky about what they let out the door.

 

mike

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13 minutes ago, mike said:

Or...as the cars rolled off the assembly line, one didn't pass final inspection for something--a minor scratch in the paint, something that didn't work, like a light or the horn, and was held back and sent to the repair line.  Manufacturers do this all the time, and I suspect that back then BMW was really picky about what they let out the door.

 

mike


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100% agreed, Mike!

 

Best regards,

 

Steve

 

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