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Facelift B3 Cabrio #244 ?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Facelift B3 Cabrio #244 ? Reply with quote

Saw this B3 Cabrio advertised last week and just thought it had been modified with facelift bonnet , wings and lights but now I've seen a facelift 3Bs with the same number so can anyone else shed any light on this oddball?

Heres the for sale ad http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Alpina-B3-3-3-Convertible-No-244-Automatic-62-000-Miles-/331078343286?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item4d15ce9a76

confirmation of sorts with the Alpina-Archive http://www.alpina-archive.com/?p=7704&nmt=B3-3.3-Cabrio-244

and the facelift B3s which got me thinking.. http://www.thealpinaregister.com/photo/b3/s/244/01

TIA chaps
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are two separate cars: as you say, it's possible the B3 3.3 has been modified, or maybe it was ordered after the facelift was announced & the original owner requested the facelift shell: it's a 2002 car & the facelift occurred around that time: the last few B3 3.3's were facelift, I believe.

It's also possible it's seen the other side of a hedge, & was fixed using facelift parts...


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's had the front end face lifted as the rear bumper and lights are pre face lift. Maybe they liked the look or maybe its hiding an accident.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My B3 no.265 has the same bumpers front and rear. It also has the same rear lights. It was registered Dec. 2002. So it may be a case of crossing over to 2003 spec as suggested by MarkWG.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is strange, half a face lift, why would BMW do that?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonny320is wrote:
That is strange, half a face lift, why would BMW do that?


I also would like to know the reason behind it.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shes had some action/story to tell is the most likely cause imo

The 3.3 coupes and cabs were all pre facelift.

There were about 2-3 B3s pre facelift cabs made, not sure on coupes
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 pre facelift coupes I think... I know I've got one!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After further research No.265 does NOT have the facelift bumpers Embarassed I was under the assumption that it was for some reason. Sorry for any confusion caused.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for everyones informative posts, I'm inclined to agree with that the facelift front end has been fitted due to some sort of accident damage rather than a cosmetic upgrade by a previous owner.


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