The BMW 2002 tii US VIN 2762344 was manufactured on July 28th, 1972 and delivered on August 28th, 1972 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Sahara, paint code 006.
I bought the car in June, and had it shipped from CA to SC in July 2018. No history was included with the car other than knowing the previous owner (David). He gave me the name of the people he bought the car from. David was a mechanic who knows BMWs, and had worked on the car for the previous owners for years. At one point, I guess they got tired of fixing the car, and sold it to David. He named it "Fritz VonFlustercluck" based on the frequency of repairs. David owned it for three years and turned it into a reliable daily driver. I've decided to keep the name "Fritz" 😉
When I bought it, the carpet was trashed and much of the interior was in a box in the trunk, but in relatively good shape. I believe there was an electrical issue he was chasing. Initially, the turn signals were not working, but I worked that out. Inside, I added an Esty Carpet kit, Recaro seats, a Nardi Wood steering wheel, VDO Gauges and a few new interior trim bits.
The worst part of the car was the paint. It was absolutely and totally dead. I wet sanded and buffed the paint, which came out great. A week later, it had died off again. I found that there were two separate Malaga paint jobs over top of the original Sahara paint. When I sanded through the top-most paint job into the paint below, that layer would hold a shine. I spent quite a bit of time sanding and polishing, and so far so good, but I have a long way to go.
This car was definitely loved at one point in its life. While cleaning the car up, I found H4 headlights, LSD, Bilstein HD shocks, Suspension Techniques 21mm front and 19mm rear bars with urethane bushings, ST lowering springs, Momo steering wheel dated 1996 along with a matching Momo shift knob. There is a pretty old Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA sticker in the passenger side rear window. I added Rota RB 15" wheels when I first got the car, then in July 2019, I found a set of Campagnolo Bertone (Ragno) wheels, which are now on the car.
I currently have six BMWs, and daily drive a 650i. Every time I look at this car I smile, and I make any excuse possible to take it out for a drive. The 650 is a great car, but it just doesn't have that "something something" the tii has, that brings a smile to your face and makes you "one with the car". I added a Bluetooth amplifier so I could play music from my phone while driving. I think I've played it a total of five minutes because I'd rather just soak in the sound of the car and my surroundings. Music takes away from the experience.
From what I've found thus far, previous owners are:
Unknown BMW CCA Member - prior to 1998 - Grass Valley, CA
Andy Chittum - 1998-2002 San Jose, CA
Unknown owner - 2002-? - Fresno, CA
Peter & Janet Meserve - ~2012- ~2015 - Coarsegold, CA
David McLanahan - ~2015-2018 - Coarsegold, CA to Yerington, NV