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    Hardtop Trolley Questions

    A few days ago I purchased what I think is a "New old stock" hardtop trolley for my car, in the original box with instructions, packing material, etc. The trolley I purchased is silver in color. There is another trolley currently available on Ebay which appears to be identical (same part number, original BMW) with the exception of being black instead of silver. Does anyone know if one is "correct" for having come originally with the car vs. a replacement unit? Or perhaps just a mid-production change, or a different subcontractor? Also, the label on the box has a variety of numbers, the meaning of which are not clear to me. However, one of the numbers is "AH60160", which sounds suspiciously like the last seven digits of a VIN. Does it make sense that these trolleys were designated to go with a specific Z8, or just a coincidence? The one presently on Ebay has the number AH60156 in the same location on the label.

    Trivial questions for certain, but I get a kick out of learning about the nuances of our cars.


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    Wow, great question and observation, I have no idea if the boxes were numbered to go with the cars. I have seen pictures of some finished in silver over the years, but have no idea why there was a difference. All the ones I've seen in person have always been black.
    Andrew Macpherson

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    Z8 Millennial Monster Z-acht's Avatar
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    Hi Bill,

    I bought a unit 2 years ago from BMW which is black.
    1 of the 71 original Dutch sold cars (jetblack/red)

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    My 2001 came with a black unit but I had a silver unit a few years ago which I sold.

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    My trolley is in black as well. Also it seems the trolleys with vin starts with AH. So this could be a case for US cars only.

    AF77768 Topasblau / Schwarz

    PP installed
    Motorsport 20" style 101 wheels
    Eisenmann catback
    Supersprint headers
    CDV removed
    Quaife LSD
    3.64 gearing

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    I got one shipped from a BMW dealership almost 2 years ago, also black.

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    Sport Button On - DSC Off gutMD's Avatar
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    2002 AH61238 and mine is silver.
    2002 Topaz // Crema

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    Sport Button On - DSC Off Doug Dolan's Avatar
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    2002 AH61297 and mine is black.
    Doug Dolan
    61297 - Stratus / Crema

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    2002 AH61714, black car, black hardtop trolley
    My Best,


    2002 Z8 Jet Black//Sport Red
    2012 SLS AMG Obsidian Black/Classic Red

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    Mine is silver - sounds like both were OEM.

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    I have a hardtop storage question. I live in a rural area and I have a serious mouse issue during the cold winter months. Anyone have a way to encapsulate the top and cover to protect against rodents?

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    I leave both of mine hanging from the garage ceiling using the Roadster Solutions hardtop hoist. Works great, I don't need a second person to take off or put on the hardtop, and no rodent issues.

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    I had a rodent issue in a garage a while ago. The critters ate a bunch of electric wires and destroyed the hood insulation of an M3 I used to store there for the winter season. Since then I purchased a device that emits ultrasounds to keep rodents away and I haven't had any issues. An inexpensive and effective solution to prevent a potential disaster.

    2003 Stratus/Crema

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