SOTW: E32 BMW 735i
Shed goes weak at the knees for a large, elderly German
The E32, the second generation of the 7-series, was released in 1986 and produced until 1994, with a range of straight sixes, V8s and V12s. The 208bhp 735i was the second-most humble in the line-up after the 185bhp 730i. It was replaced in 1992 with a 3.0-litre 730i V8 (this was when BMW model names actually matched the swept capacity of their engines - oh, for such simple times), which gained 7bhp over the old 735i, but was rather more temperamental. Further up the range was the V8 740i with 282bhp, with the 296bhp V12 750i sitting at the top of the range.
Most incredible was the fact that all the electrics were still working. The windows, mirrors, sunroof, remote central locking(!), trip computer and dual-zone air-con all worked as Munich intended. Finding another 20-year-old car with that much kit - all of it working - for under a grand has got to be almost impossible.
The only thing that stopped us was the brooding presence of Garlick's V8 P38 Rangie in the car park - PH Towers ain't big enough for two luxo-barges. More's the pity.
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I have a lovely example of an E32 7 Series for sale, previously my own private car.
There is the still strong performance from the 3,430cc M30 "big-six"; giving 211bhp/225 lb.ft, 0-62mph in 8.3 secs and 143mph. Over the course of my ownership it has averaged over 23 mpg. As you can see in the pictures, the only known weak point of the six-cylinder cars (radiators at about 100k miles) has been attended to. In addition to the comprehensive (relative to the age of the vehicle) specification, the stereo has been upgraded to a 12CD bootchanger set-up.
In terms of ownership details, I am the sixth registered keeper, it was first registered new on the 1st January 1990. The current MoT certificate runs from March 27th 2009 until March 26th 2010. All the original handbooks are present. The service history is all with BMW save the latest one which was carried out in July 2008 at 85,771 miles by an independent garage. All relevant inspections, brake fluid and coolant changes have been carried out as per the service routine. Four green lights are currently showing on start-up. All the electronics are in working order.
I am offering it for sale at £899 to PHers and their friends, colleagues & relatives.
Please contact me with any queries you may have. Thanks,
Illustrious Automotive Ltd.