Bondo all around the VIN and an overall look of being just to good on an otherwise unrestored car... And the opinion of a couple informed folks from the forum here. I'll let them chime in separately if they want to.What were the clues that convinced you it was a VIN swap? I see the MY 74 seatbelts but it has pre 74 seats and dash rail, it’s easy to swap a speedo. Great detective work.
I didn’t feel that it was my place to mention publicly, but so I did provide input.What were the clues that convinced you it was a VIN swap? I see the MY 74 seatbelts but it has pre 74 seats and dash rail, it’s easy to swap a speedo. Great detective work.
I do have some concerns. Mainly, this car has a US VIN. It is advertised as a grey market car, and rightly so. I see euro gauges, a euro rear fog light, manual windows, and a primarily euro steering wheel. I see short studs on the strut tops with no signs of US spacers. The dash face is from an automatic car of the same era. It looks like a VIN swap to me. I would check carefully around the firewall VIN. The rivets on the VIN plate aren’t original either. Plate removal isn’t uncommon for restored cars. I would be very interested if the holes in the cowl (near the hood latch) correspond with 2800 CS washer nozzles, and if the holes are present on a 3.0 CS.
I would look for signs of rear end damage. The body lines look nice. The wheel well isn’t original, and neither is the tool tray. The
Happy to help. Good that Gary confirmed many of my assumptions/observations. First that the car was hit in the rear. Second about the VIN. All signs point to it being a '74 euro. The chin is from a '73 plus. The euro sheet metal. It has '74 seatbelts, mid-'73+ circuit breaker panel. It looks like the front fender or fenders have been off. Also, the whole upper fender box area above the glove box has been stitched together, both the firewall and the A-pillar. You can see the tack welds on the fender up near the aluminum VIN plate. The upper passenger tire well near the defroster vent has been beat on with a hammer. The passenger rear, driver's front (outer), and passenger front (outer) floor pans have been replaced. Likely some time ago, before the introduction of aftermarket pans. The tire well looks to be e3, but it may be another mark (definitely BMW, but not E9).