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1600 vs. 1602: History Question

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Just wondering what early US spec 1600s were badged first off the boat and if they ever officially arrived with rear 1602 badges during the "1600" US lifespan? When is a 1600 a 1602 and vice versa?

Badge ''1602'' p/n 51141817408 is still available

Badge ''1600'' p/n 51141802102 is NLA

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The 1602 was never badged that way in the US. All were 1600s. Be sure you are looking up the correct 1600 badge as they are narrower and mounted above the taillight for '67 production. Some very early '68 1600s (156xxxx) still had the badges above the taillight too. The earliest 2 door 1600s had the BMW16oo badge above the taillight.

Sometime in early '68 production the 1600s had their badges widened to the same width as 2002s and the badges were placed in the "normal" spot between the license plate and right taillight.

I can take a picture with both badges in it if you need....

1600-2

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Thanks Tom, The reason I ask is that most online parts houses usually list both models and the parts are not always the same for each.

Even with Real OEM or Max's site, if you select "1600" there is no USA Region listed. You must select "1602" for the USA Region to populate.

I'm considering the purchase of a 1600 and this issue popped up whilst looking up replacement brake part numbers, I thought this was strange.

Thanks!

-Ben

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02HANDBOOKcovers.jpg

note the rear panel 'fluted' trim also found

on the hood only on very early cars

1600tailbadgeandmldg.jpg

.....AND BMW CONTINUED TO REUSE THE SAME PHOTO (left side)

of the trunk lock with the very early 'fluted' trim strip - in the

later square tail light model handbooks

16002002tailbadgeandmldg.jpg

and sorry this is off the 16oo vs 1600 topic,

but see ?! dar's that funky ' fluted ' hood trim again :

dyn004_original_512_384_pjpeg_2555102_80eaa1aae0f0f0bc02168dd8879e501c.jpg

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The 1602 was never badged that way in the US. All were 1600s. Be sure you are looking up the correct 1600 badge as they are narrower and mounted above the taillight for '67 production. Some very early '68 1600s (156xxxx) still had the badges above the taillight too. The earliest 2 door 1600s had the BMW16oo badge above the taillight.

Sometime in early '68 production the 1600s had their badges widened to the same width as 2002s and the badges were placed in the "normal" spot between the license plate and right taillight.

I can take a picture with both badges in it if you need....

1600-2

Tom buddy, I have to correct you :) The small batch of 1971 (final year in the US) 1600's carried the "1602" badge. I read this in one of my BMW books and I've seen one for sale before but there were so few sold vs. the 2002 you hardly see them for resale.

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US 1600s that were built for the US before the factory pulled the plug on 1600 sales in the US? I don't think I've ever seen one--this would be a 1600 with the lower side rub strips, rubber on the front and rear bumpers, black-faced instruments (no silver centers), etc.

If you check the parts book for VINs, you'll see that a very small number of these cars were built...

cheers

mike

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here's my 1602. I'm pretty sure its a euro model, imported.

can anyone tell if my badge is original?

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here's my 1602. I'm pretty sure its a euro model, imported.

can anyone tell if my badge is original?

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Your car is a US car, an early 67. All 67's were euro-spec except for the speedometer in MPH. You probably have stickers in German too right? Your VIN is just a bit before mine, #1517644 (March 67). Congrats you have one of the oldest running (assuming it is) 1600's in the US! Keep it as original as you can, they don't come much rarer than early 67's are. We should meet up and compare cars. I'm near you on the Cupertino side of Santa Clara. Drop me an email.

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US 1600s that were built for the US before the factory pulled the plug on 1600 sales in the US? I don't think I've ever seen one--this would be a 1600 with the lower side rub strips, rubber on the front and rear bumpers, black-faced instruments (no silver centers), etc.

If you check the parts book for VINs, you'll see that a very small number of these cars were built...

cheers

mike

Mike, you are correct, I was referring to that limited batch of 71s.

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