So what should the Prodigal Shed choose for its return to the fold? None other than a rather lovely example of that sharkiest-nosed of 1980s German luxo-barges - the BMW 735i (E23 vintage).
This car, with its British-gangster-flick-gold paintwork, will make you look and feel like one of the bad guys from an episode of Ashes to Ashes or a Guy Ritchie movie - but the bad guys are always the cool ones, so we reckon that's a definite plus point.
In fact, the only thing missing is leather - a useful option if your line of work involves spilling the old claret from time to time...
But these are small issues for a car that has reams of history, just 130k miles underneath its wheels, a 3.4-litre 215bhp straight-six shared with the contemporary 635i coupe, and even a (very) retro mobile phone thrown in.
advert is reproduced below.
1983 Bmw e23 735i SE - Rare Retro Classic! (1983)
130,000 miles £900
I am sadly selling my lovely and very rare BMW e23 735i SE. This is a proper retro slice of 80's executive motoring and is an extremely period example due to the very rare colour combination of "BMW Bronzitbeige Metallic" (or gold) paintwork and the fantastically 1980's nut brown velour interior complete with wood everywhere. Not to mention the car phone which I find hilarious!
I bought this car on a whim a couple of months ago as I have fond memories of one owned by family which we used to go on holiday in back in the 1980s and stuff. The reality is that I currently have two other vehicles and don't have enough time to:
b) Use it!
This car must have been hideously expensive when new - It has the full SE spec and I believe it has every option except for leather interior. Spec includes:
Power windows (x4)
Power seats including headrests
Power individual rear seats (this car is a four seater)
Factory rear blind
Full on-board computer including check control
Rear armrest containing BMW first-aid kit
BMW fire extinguisher
Plus lots more!
The interior is in very good condition except for slight wear on the drivers bolster as seen in the pictures. It has period Alpine speakers which sound super. It also has a period carbon fibre "unbreakable" aerial, which does actually give great reception!
I have nothing to hide about this big old 7 - It's a car which you can bid on, collect, get in and drive home. It starts, stops, all the lights work, its nice to drive and doesn't require any immediate work. I bought with the intention of rolling "as-is" whilst making small improvements over time. However, as with any vehicle approaching 30 years old (unbelieveable!), there are a few problem areas which I will sum up in easy to read bullet points below to avoid confusion.
Lowered suspension carried out during the previous ownership. Love it or hate it. I don't think it suits the car myself, and did intend to replace it with factory springs which is inexpensive to do.
Slight power steering leak. I think it is from a hose going into the pump but I haven't investigated it yet. Nothing major but worth being aware of.
A couple of small marks around the bodywork, the worst being the two rear arches. It is perfectly presentable though and polishes up nicely.
Slightly lumpy cold idle - The car is due a service and I should imagine doing so would cure this.
Heater fan is a bit noisy. AC belt not present so if you want working aircon it will probably need investigating.
OBC not working.
Rear electric seats not working
CD Player not included in the sale but there is a period tape deck included.
Overall its a nice original, unmolested car (except for the lowered springs) as you can see in the pictures. I would like it to go to a good home please!
Any inspection welcome, I am based in Leicester - Please email for any enquiries or call me. If anyone overseas is interested in this rare car then I am happy to meet you at the nearest airport which is East Midlands. I have every confidence that it would happily drive to France, Ireland, Germany etc with no trouble at all.
PLEASE COPY THIS INTO YOUR BROWSER FOR PHOTOGRAPHS!!!
Thanks for looking!