SOTW: BMW 750IL (E32)
You'd be mad to, of course, but that doesn't mean it ain't tempting...
Of course, these days a cat flap can have more computing power than that (seriously, check out the Pet Porte Smart Flap...), but back in 1986, when the E32 7-series appeared (after a seven-year gestation) this was pretty impressive stuff. As was the pioneering use of projector headlamps, the optional inbuilt phone and fax machine, the wine cooler, the double glazing and the traction control.
Today, the technological Titan of the 1980s is sadly a car that makes no sense to almost everybody, especially in V12 guise. For one thing, if you've got the wherewithal to cope with the fuel bills and other maintenance costs then you can almost certainly stretch to the extra moolah required for a newer luxobarge. If, on the other hand, you're planning on running your £1k car on a shoestring, then you would be frankly barmy to pick the big Bee Em.
Okay, so it's not going to be a bargain, and this amount of gadgetry and cylinders does rather imply a big bill at some point in the future, but it's not often we do a 12-cylinder Shed of the Week (though we did feature some 12-pot Jaguar action back in March).
Advert is reproduced below:
BMW 750IL Price: £995.00
BMW 750IL,lwb,1988,5ltr.V12,metalic blue,full grey leather,electric heated seats front and rear,electric windows,electric sunroof,alloy wheels,very clean car,drives well,only 79000 miles,tested,£995
Airbag Driver, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
Air Conditioning, Central Locking, Cruise Control, Leather Seats, Electric Adjustable Seats, Electric Heated Seats, Electric Windows, Power Steering, Sunroof