This identification guide / buyers guide has been drafted for people who are interested in the BMW 2002 Tii. The Tii (which stands for “Touring International Injection) represents one of the most desirable cars in the 2002 or “new class” range, and demand a price premium above standard 2002 coupe models. It is therefore important that those looking at purchasing or restoring these cars have a good understanding of the individual characteristics that make a BMW Tii original. Please note that this guide has been produced for the Tii Coupe, however, much of the criteria for identification of an original car is similar for the Touring edition car.
This guide provides an outline of the exterior features, interior features, mechanical features and of course the important chassis and engine number designations for the original BMW 2002 Tii. This information can always be added to, and we would sincerely appreciate enthusiasts sharing their knowledge so that this guide can be made as complete and accurate as possible. To contribute, either contact us with the button above, or comment on this page below.
Number Produced: 44,478 (including Touring models).
Period of Manufacture: 1971 - 1975
Please note, this is intended to be a guide only, and should not be relied upon. We recommend you obtain professional advice before purchasing any vehicle with respect to accurate identification.
The BMW 2002 Tii had the following external features which make a good starting point for identification:
Wheels and tyres:
The BMW 2002 Tii had the following interior features, which differ slightly depending on the year of manufacture. Note, these features are not necessarily different to those on the standard BMW 2002, however, this explanation will at least give you an idea whether the car is in its original state. Please see the labelled images for better descriptions.
The original paint applied to a 2002 Tii can be found on the black sticker, which sits next to the chassis plate on the RHS inner guard. Of course, given the age of these cars now, it is not guarantees that this sticker will be sitting there anymore, and other than having papers / documentation for the car dating back to the purchase, we are not aware of any other way of confirming the original colour.
Unfortunately it has been extremely difficult to identify a difinitive list of specific Tii colours available from the factory. Instead, we have listed the colours available on all 2002's, which would certainly cover the colours and codes available on the Tii.
If anyone has information on the colours available specifically for the Tii, please dont hesitate to contact us by email, or comment below. We have included image examples of several paint colours on the Tii including Colorado, Golf, Mintgrun, Schwarz, Verona, Granada, Chaminox and Atlantikblau, but as you will appreciate, it is diffucult to have an image of all of them.
The chassis number on a BMW 2002 Tii will depend on the market where it was sold, as well as its date of manufacture. The markets and timeframes with the relevant chassis number prefix ranges are outlined below:
1. US Market:
April 1971 – August 1973 cars: From 2760001 – 2764522
September 1973 – December 1974 cars: From 2780001 – 2782929
2. Europe and other markets LHD:
April 1971 – August 1973 cars: From 2700001 – 2720114
August 1973 – June 1975 cars: From 2730001 – 2737460
3. Europe and other markets RHD:
April 1971 – August 1973 cars: From 2750001 – 2752447
August 1973 – June 1975 cars: From 2770001 – 2771233
The chassis number is located in 4 positions on the car:
The engine number on a BMW 2002 Tii is located on a flat edge of the engine block, just above where the starter motor mounts. See the attached images which better indicate this location.
In a similar way to Fords, BMW also stamped the chassis number on the engine block, allowing you to easily confirm whether or not the engine is in fact the original one with the car. If you’ve verified that the numbers match and already confirmed that you have a Tii chassis number, then all is well and you have a very original car. But if the car has a replacement engine in it, then the least you can hope for is that the correct type of engine was installed, with the correct Tii chassis number within the ranges outlined under the previous section named “4. Chassis Number”.
The BMW 2002 Tii had the following mechanical features, which may differ slightly depending on the year of manufacture. We have attempted to explain these as best as possible with accompanying images where necessary.