1994 BMW 740i – REVISIT

The 1994 BMW 740i we featured at the beginning of this month is back up for sale at no reserve. Tempted to treat yourself to a bit of luxury in your life? Well, this is one seriously nice E32 that needs to find a new home.

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The below post originally appeared on our site October 4, 2014:

It’s no secret that you can get a lot of car for your money when it comes to luxury cars from the 1990s. But is it a wise investment or another way to run you quickly into the poor house? As with most cars, if chosen wisely, you can mitigate the effects on your wallet, along with some savvy budgeting. This BMW 740i for sale in Connecticut represents the last year of the E32 7 series and looks like it just arrived from a jaunt to the country club parking lot in its dark green over tan livery. With just enough chrome and classic BMW lines that we know and love, this car is supremely posh.

Year: 1994
Model: 740i
Engine: 4.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 51,343 mi
Price: No reserve auction

1994 BMW 740i in Oxford Green with Parchment Leather upholstery. This car has had 2 owners; the first was prominent investment manager Jean Tempel, who had purchased the car new at Foreign Motors West BMW. We had purchased the car after she had traded it in with around 20k miles. It has been used sparingly as a summer home vehicle from that point up to 2011 when it was replaced and has been stored since then. The car has been garaged and meticulously maintained and we have most records from our ownership. It is a rare find having only 52k miles and being in such beautiful condition.

The exterior of the car is in excellent condition. The paint holds a deep shine and has no signs of fade. There is no rust anywhere on the car, it has never been used in winter weather under my ownership. There are light scratches, dings, etc., however, far less that you would expect from a car with 50k miles on it. The trim beneath the front bumper has a small crack that you cannot see unless you get down on the ground. All glass, plastic, and trim pieces are in very good shape and have no damage. The left kidney grill has a chip of about an inch on the chrome. The wheels are also in excellent condition.

The interior of the car is nearly perfect. The leather is in excellent condition, soft and supple with no damage. The wood and leather trim have held up remarkably well as a result of being garaged, color and finish is very strong. The seats hold their original shape, spring, and form. The dash has no cracks. The headliner sits perfectly with no sign of sag. The wood is in excellent condition, holding a deep and bright color with no cracking in the finish. The car has never been smoked in and has no strange odors. The carpets are free from any noticeable dirt or stains and show no fade.

Mechanically, the car is also in excellent condition. The engine is fast and strong. The transmission shifts smoothly. The suspension and steering are tight. There are no strange rattles or other noises. There are no leaks. The front end does not make noise while going over bumps or turning. All interior functions, including power seats, windows, heated seats, sunroof, climate etc., work as they should. A/C is cold and heat is hot. There are no check engine, ABS, air bag etc., lights on. I have 2 master keys with remote fobs. The only problem that I am aware of is that the radio requires a code and I have lost it. I had a trickle charger installed under the hood because the car went for long periods without being used.

This classic 7-series is a very rare find with only 52K and being in excellent condition. Most examples of this model have not been properly maintained or have been used up with over 200k miles on them. This car has been very well preserved and is in very impressive condition. I have tried to describe the car as accurately and thoroughly as possible. If you have any further questions, would like specific photos or would like to see the car, please let me know.

While I’ve always been partial to the E38 7 series, there’s something about this late production E32 that grabs my attention. It mixes the best of the old (styling and chassis) with the new (V8 engine) to produce a very attractive package. The high end of values for a 740i in this condition is hovering around the $10,000 to $12,000 territory at the present time. If I was ever going to consider an E32, it would certainly be an example such as this. While it might not be as intriguing as the 5-speed manual 735i we featured two days ago, it has the attractiveness of the larger engine and low miles going for it.

-Paul

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8 Comments

  1. Yes! Beautiful E32. Much better car than the “dusty” 735 features earlier.
    Wish the green BMW (and Audi) chose in the 90s were more evergreen vs emerald, otherwise this would be in my driveway by tomorrow.

  2. Audi did have a much darker green – Ragussa Green Metallic was an option on the V8 4.2, S2 and European S4/S6s. There was another green called “Oak Green” that was even darker and also a 4.2 V8 color – I’ve never seen it on one, but have seen the similar Oak Green on the special edition Mk.2 GTis in Europe. It’s very, very nice. The Audi Emerald Green Mica seemed to be the rage of the day; but then, so was this color, as it’s the same I think as my stepmother’s ’95 525i. Nice 7 all in all, these are pretty and unappreciated – always loved the one in “Speed Zone” with John Candy (not it’s most illustrious resume item, I know….).

  3. I agree, E32s can be a lot of car for the money if properly sorted and cared for. Interesting times we are in where several of these 80s and 90s flagship sedans are coming to market from their original (and second in this case) owners who are “thinning the herd” as they approach elder age. A great opportunity to find one of these in the condition they should be.

  4. mmm… nikasil…

  5. @Bushwick Bob

    Do these have the nikasil lined cylinder walls like the Jaguar XJ of the same vintage?

    Care to elaborate for those of us not as well versed in the ins & outs of these era BMWs?

    This car looks like its in superb condition.

  6. Hi Bryan,

    The engine in this 740i does have the nikasil linings. There’s a bit more information on which models had it here:

    http://www.bmw4life.com/nikasil.htm

  7. @Paul

    Thanks, I will check that out.

  8. No bids on the last auction. I came *this* close to purchasing the car after the second time it was listed, but at the 11th hour I was contacted by the owner of an E23 I’ve been pursuing the past few years and am about to take delivery of a pristine 733i.
    This car looks impeccable and appears to have lived a well cared for life. I need to stop looking at it before I do something a bit irrational….

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