Legal delivery to BMW dealer Bovensiepen in Buchloe, Germany (a.k.a., Alpina) on December 29, 1971.
From BMW Group Archives:
“The BMW 2002 tii US VIN 2760173 was manufactured on December 17th, 1971 and delivered on December 29th, 1971 to the BMW dealer Bovensiepen in Buchloe. The original colour was Verona, paint code 024.”
Thus, the car was shipped from the factory to Alpina’s shop in Buchloe. Although Alpina components were added to various ‘02’s during the ‘02 era, the population of cars known to be shipped to Alpina and modified in Alpina’s shop is quite small. Thus, this is a rare example, fully-documented. This is also an early U.S.-spec tii, the 173rd U.S. tii manufactured.
The Alpina pedigree has been further confirmed by Alpina. The chassis, separated from its original engine and transmission by recent owners — unaware off the genuine Alpina pedigree — has now been reunited, by the current owner, with the original engine (stock tii), 5-speed close-ratio transmission (235/5), and Alpina sway bars. The car is undergoing a full restoration.
The original engine block, shown below, was cast November 19, 1971 (“19L” within oval frame and “71” outside the oval frame).
Photos and BMW Group Archives data courtesy of coloincaalpine.