PistonHeads.com Forum

RE: SOTW: BMW 750iL (E32)

Friday 4th November 2011

SOTW: BMW 750iL (E32)

You'd be mad to, of course, but that doesn't mean it ain't tempting...



More computing power than it took to get man onto the moon. This is the phrase that's often bandied about by those writing about the history of the 7-series (though to be honest I'm not sure it's actually true).

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.


Perhaps most impressive was the fancy new 5.0-litre V12, whose 300bhp gave the big 7er sufficient shove to become the first recipient of BMW's self-imposed electronic speed limit of 155mph.

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.


And that's a shame, because this 79k-mile 750iL, spotted by our very own used-car man silversixx, is a fine motor car. Being the top-end V12 model, it'll be specced to the nines, that extra 114mm of leg room means rear-seat passengers can stretch their legs in comfort, and all those cylinders should keep you comfortably in front of all those lesser captains of industry in their uncultered six-cylinder diesels (until you run out of fuel, at least)

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 7 SERIES
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

Safety Features
Airbag Driver, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

Interior/Comfort
Air Conditioning, Central Locking, Cruise Control, Leather Seats, Electric Adjustable Seats, Electric Heated Seats, Electric Windows, Power Steering, Sunroof





Author
Discussion

Krikkit

Original Poster:

6,047 posts

78 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Back to German barges again, proper SOTW territory! 7 weeks since our last barge I thought you guys had got over the addiction.

DR10

629 posts

71 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Is that a private plate then? The advert says it is a 1988 car.

olly22n

14,440 posts

103 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
NNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

Luca Brasi

858 posts

71 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
That is übercool. Want.

thomablue

34 posts

51 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Sold already ?

ITech

111 posts

51 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Fabulous car in one of the best colours. If the mileage is correct then could be a bargain, slightly scary engine though

Laird

24,815 posts

111 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
This has been for sale since Noah was a boy.

ludicrous speed

959 posts

91 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
This one is definitely not for me, potential money pit, not fun to rag around, canes fuel. But if you want to waft about in 22nd hand luxury then it could be a good buy.

Riggers

1,851 posts

75 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Krikkit said:
Back to German barges again, proper SOTW territory! 7 weeks since our last barge I thought you guys had got over the addiction.
Never! biglaugh


thomablue said:
Sold already ?
Don't think so - think the classified listing has just expired (though it was fully live yesterday frown )

RoseyG21

1,507 posts

86 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
I WANT!

For 995 surely you would just fill the tank a few times and wait for it to go bang? What have you got to lose?

(Apart from £00000's on fuel and £995!)

rtz62

704 posts

52 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Has a 730i SE, 1 owner, 26k, and it was mint.
What a car for the money, but 750i do have a history of engine histrionics, and its not like you can pop down to your local BMW breaker and pick up a nice replacement engine for it, is it? Mind you, at £1k, buy, burn it round, bung it.

Garlick

40,601 posts

137 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Scarier than Halloween.

Laird

24,815 posts

111 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Garlick said:
Scarier than Halloween.
So when do you pick it up then?

Steamer

9,654 posts

110 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
7th angel

Itsallicanafford

1,190 posts

56 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
rtz62 said:
Has a 730i SE, 1 owner, 26k, and it was mint.
What a car for the money, but 750i do have a history of engine histrionics, and its not like you can pop down to your local BMW breaker and pick up a nice replacement engine for it, is it? Mind you, at £1k, buy, burn it round, bung it.
Is it just me, or isn't a grand still a lot of money?...get it out in cash in tens and you'll see what i mean....I won £2.60 on the 10p pushers at the weekend and was delighted....

Nors

913 posts

52 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Massive amount of car for the money, worth a punt if your only doing short(ish) runs and want to do it in luxury.

For a mid/late 80's V12 though, 300bhp is not all that much when you consider a much older Jag V12 could muster 295bhp. I doubt too whether the Beemer would be all that much more fuel efficient.

Lovey big car though with very low miles for age!

g3org3y

10,101 posts

88 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Ballpark mpg on these when at 70?

(I love it!)

E30M3SE

7,947 posts

93 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Epic.......thumbup


thomablue

34 posts

51 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
Itsallicanafford said:
rtz62 said:
Has a 730i SE, 1 owner, 26k, and it was mint.
What a car for the money, but 750i do have a history of engine histrionics, and its not like you can pop down to your local BMW breaker and pick up a nice replacement engine for it, is it? Mind you, at £1k, buy, burn it round, bung it.
Is it just me, or isn't a grand still a lot of money?...get it out in cash in tens and you'll see what i mean....I won £2.60 on the 10p pushers at the weekend and was delighted....
Get it in nice crisp £50's not so much then !

Laird

24,815 posts

111 months

Friday 4th November 2011
quotequote all
g3org3y said:
Ballpark mpg on these when at 70?

(I love it!)
Reckon on late teens given that it will be borked.