Legal delivery to Hoffman Motors Corp on October 27, 1972.
VIN 2762630 was the first U.S. 1973 model tii. Thus, VIN 2762639 was the 10th U.S. 1973 model tii produced.
When I examined the car in May, 2014, it had severe rust on most lower panels, and the roof — the latter perhaps from an aftermarket sunroof installed at some point in the car’s history. The rusted-out roof appears to have facilitated the collection of water inside the passenger compartment, rusting out the floor. The car was crudely color-changed from Polaris to Chamonix at some point in its history. But, hey, look, a nosepiece, including the radiator support, without a snorkel!
The engine block has an engine number boss on which the factory-stamped displacement, “2,0”, remains visible, but the engine number itself was not clear at my examination or in my photo. Although I assumed at that time that the car had a replacement engine, I’ve changed that assessment, as I do not believe the factory stamp for engine displacement (i.e., “2,0”) would survive the boss-grinding process included in a factory rebuild. I would like to see the engine casting date, to see if it aligns with the car’s manufacturing date, or within a few months prior to the car’s manufacturing date.
The original Navy Blue interior remained in place, but was in very poor condition. Based on the Georgia (Dekalb County) license plates, the car appeared to have last been registered in 1994.
The car was, in May 2014, owned by an owner of Intown Auto Care of Decatur, Georgia (located in the Oakhurst neighborhood), where the car was parked. He had purchased it shortly prior to May 2014 from a long-time owner who lived on Clifton Road in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta. Given its condition, and the market for and valuation of tii’s at that time, I characterized this car as a likely parts car. In a more recent trip to Atlanta — January 2019 — I noticed the car remains in its same parking area, apparently un-moved since May 2014. I have no doubt that some potential owners would characterize the car as a restoration candidate, albeit a very challenging candidate. And I would applaud such an effort, heroic as it might be.
If you always wanted a Polaris round taillight tii, and are ready for a restoration challenge, check this car out!
Dear Mr Cappel,
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The BMW 2002 tii US VIN 2762639 was manufactured on October 10th, 1972 and delivered on October 27th, 1972 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Polaris metallic, paint code 060.
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