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'73 2002 Tii - Sahara on eBay Auction with Reserve

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As noted above, and within the BAT comments, this is a 1972 model U.S.-spec tii erroneously titled as a 1973.


This car, VIN 2761698, was probably manufactured mid-May 1972. Although the engine block is numbers-matching according to the BAT comments, this was originally a 121-head, plastic-runner tii, hence the lack of a firewall notch. The car now has aluminum intake runners (which first appeared with VIN 2761944, June 5, 1972) and a 1974 airbox (with a bracket for vacuum limiter valve). These are minor details, easily corrected if a future owner desires.

Yes, the car has “1973-only” bumper brackets — a.k.a., 2 1/2 mph brackets — and 1973 front overriders (shared from Euro-spec cars). Perhaps the erroneous titling led to this bumper “upgrade” (😏) at a time of repair or replacement.


At the BAT price, it seems to have been well-bought. Although the current rims look cool, I’d wager that the car would have sold higher with factory steelies or OEM alloys. 

Given what’s been done already, it wouldn’t take a lot to make this a top-notch ‘72 tii. I’d start by correcting the title. That silver underhood sticker at the right end of the air plenum says, in brief, “This car conforms to the 1972 model year regulations”.






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