Feature Listing: 1981 BMW 745i Turbo with 31,700 Miles

Feature Listing: 1981 BMW 745i Turbo with 31,700 Miles

To go up against the established Alpha executive from Germany – the S-Class Mercedes-Benz – BMW’s engineers had to think outside of the box. It wasn’t simply good enough to mimic the go-to large luxury sedan. They’d have to outperform it, to be better than Stuttgart’s best. That was a tall order for the Munich firm, since its last truly large sedans were the 501/2 series cars; the Baroque Angels of the early 1950s. Though they launched at roughly the same time as BMW’s microcar craze, they were really holdovers from another era. The same wouldn’t work in the late 1970s, but primed with the success of their 5- and 6-series models, BMW was ready to face the challenge.

Though the E3 had offered a sizeable sedan, the new E23 really stretched BMW’s platforms. The new 7-seres was 6 inches longer overall, most of which fell in a longer wheelbase versus the E3. It was also wider by a few inches and lower, too. Paul Bracq again provided the styling and it was nothing surprising; it carried the torch of many of the design elements of the 3-, 5- and 6-series cars, and that certainly wasn’t a bad thing. But what BMW hoped would help to set it apart from the competition was technology and performance, along with a high-level of material quality in the cabin. Options included Buffalo leather, an on-board computer system, anti-lock brakes, heated and reclining power seats front and rear, and even an airbag late in the run; standard fare today, but way ahead of the curve in the late 1970s and early 1980s. BMW matched this technology with a thoroughly modern driver-oriented cockpit which made the W116 Mercedes-Benz competition feel immediately antiquated.

Where the E23 really established itself, though, was in keeping with the “driving machine” motto of the company.…

1984 BMW 745i

1984 BMW 745i

The 745i was the high performance version of the E23 7-series. Produced between 1979-1986, these autobahn stormers were never officially offered in the US. But committed, well-resourced buyers were able to bring them over via the gray market, which is presumably how this one ended up here. Powered by a turbocharged version of the 3.2 or (later) the 3.4 liter M30 inline six – at a time when BMW’s competitors were using V8s and V12s – these cars came from the factory with a 3-speed automatic gearbox. But this particular example has received a 5-speed manual swap, along with a whole host of other goodies. I don’t normally post heavily modified cars, but this one seemed too interesting to ignore.

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1985 BMW 745i

1985 BMW 745i

4The E23 7-series is already a bit special, for two main reasons. First, as I mentioned when I wrote up a 733i a couple of weeks ago, you don’t tend to see them on the roads anymore. Second, the beautiful design, which shares a number of features with the shark-nosed E24 6-series coupe, matches anything put out by Mercedes-Benz in the same era in terms of elegance and style. That is not something that could always be said about BMW products, even if they were more fun to drive than their counterparts from Stuttgart. But this E23 is even more special, since it’s a gray market 745i.  Not available in the US, this high-performance model represented the top of the E23 lineup in Europe and came with a turbocharged version of the 3.4 liter inline six cylinder M30 engine (here called the M106) and a host of luxurious and high-tech (for the time) accessories. Very few of these come onto the market, and rarely do they do so in the kind of condition shown here.

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1982 BMW 745i Euro-spec

1982 BMW 745i Euro-spec

It’s been a good week for early 7 lovers here, but as Paul’s 1983 733i listing pointed out yesterday, some of them are neat to see but aren’t priced accurately. One such example of this is today’s 1982 745i. Now, off the bat it’s got several advantages over the 733i. It’s a much more attractive European specification model with slim bumpers, but those more interested in performance would rather see what the M102 produced sans catalyst – 252 horsepower, an otherworldly amount in 1983 in a sedan. Heck, that’s just shy of what the E28 M5 and M6 came to the U.S. with! So, what’s holding this one back?

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1984 BMW 745i

1984 BMW 745i

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E23s are pretty sweet luxury cruisers, starting the long line of BMW’s 7-series that have provided a sportyish option for businessfolk. While the E38 was the pinnacle and rumors of an M7 seem to have a little more traction than ever before, the original badass was the turbocharged 745i. With the exception of South Africa’s 745i which featured the M5’s M88 engine, the M106 turbocharged the venerable M30 3.4-liter inline-6, giving a healthy power and torque boost for the big poppa. This example doesn’t have the incredible water buffalo leather interior, but it does have lots of chrome – all the way to the wheel arches. The M106 can’t be the easiest engine to maintain, but 136k miles and no reserve, this could be a nice shot at an old-school Euro megasedan.

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1984 BMW 745i 5-speed

1984 BMW 745i 5-speed

The E23 has always been a design which to me has been quite polarizing. As with the E12 and E24, Paul Bracq was heavily involved in the final design and it shows – in many ways, the E23 looks like a cross between the two that was scaled up 10%. The results of that in my mind weren’t always good. Growing up, my father had both E24s and E28s, clean looking, well proportioned designs, and when I first saw an E23 I remember thinking it looked a bit ungainly. In U.S. specification, the bumpers were too big and the wheels were too small, resulting in a car which appeared heavy, sagging and sad. When he’s really upset, my son manages to invert his lip and stick it out, tears streaming down his cheeks. It’s a look which nearly mimics the U.S. spec front end of the E23 I now recognize. However, in European trim the E23 made more sense – it looked lighter, smaller and better proportioned. While not as stately as the W116, it certainly looked a fair bit sportier outside and more modern. Couple those European-market looks with some great period BBS RS wheels and the look is just about perfect; throw in the turbocharged M106 motor and you’ve peeked much interest. Of course, unfortunately the M106 was only pared with an automatic transmission – but then, what would happen if you swapped that for a 5-speed?

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1985 BMW 745i Turbo

1985 BMW 745i Turbo

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German cars are know as being exact in their engineering, and even the model designation of the turbocharged E23 7 series takes this mantra to heart. This particular 745i does not, in fact, have a 4.5 liter inline-6 as suggested by the badge on the trunk. Rather, it designates that the turbocharged powerplant under the hood has 1.4 times the power output of the normally aspirated unit it is based on. These E23 7 series sedans had the same aggressive front snout as the beloved E24 6 series and moved the BMW game forward in terms of technology, with service interval indicators, anti-lock brakes and climate control systems appearing during the production run. The 745i Turbo was offered in North America between 1979 and 1986, first with a 3.2 liter inline six and then upgraded to the 3.4 unit that we see here. This example for sale in Georgia is a Euro market model that has the optional water buffalo leather, lending quite a unique air to the interior.

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1982 BMW 745i

1982 BMW 745i

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In my older years, when the car barn comes to fruition, I would like at least two 7-series in the collection: an E38 740i sport, and an E23. (I might make room for an Alpina B7). The E23 has completely grown on me over the past few years, with classic lines that show a graceful growth above the near-and-dear E28 5-series. The rare 745i was a grey-market import that brings a turbocharged 3.2l inline-6 to the party, cementing the E23’s viability as a highway destroyer.

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Year: 1982
Model: 745i
Engine: 3.2 liter turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 75,292 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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This is an amazing imported1982 BMW 745i sedan. The VIN number is WBAFJ4109C7534409. This is a very sought after vehicle. It has the famous 3205cc turbocharged motor. This vehicle has 252 horse power VS. the US. version of 174 horse power. The 745I was offered only in Europe. It was imported in 1982. It was manufactered in late 1981. It is in spectacular condition. The car is a performance machine. A definite collector car for the BMW aficionado.

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For the days when the M5 might be just a little too quick or loud, I want to roll deep in this 80s delight – one arm on the wheel, on lounging on the leather armest. The OEM 15″ bottle caps are classic, but these 7ers look amazing with slightly upsized BBS or OEM+ rims. Beautifully cared for and barely used, this car will likely head a little over $10k and be worth every penny.

-NR

10K Friday: A8L v. 745i v. S500

10K Friday: A8L v. 745i v. S500

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Today on 10K Friday we’re going to look at how much luxury you can buy for around $10,000. Unlike last week’s look at two sport sedans, today’s cars are more focused at isolating their drivers from the proletariat. It’s hard for some people to believe that on a Kia hatchback budget you can pick up a top-of-the-line German luxury car. But if you’re a fan of the bigger German cars, it should be no surprise that at around 10 years old, the value on them falls; but it’s a delicate balance between buying one that’s new enough that it won’t be a heap and buying one old enough that you can afford on a budget. Today we’re going to look at one from each marque; a 2004 Audi A8L, a 2004 BMW 745i, and a 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic. We’ll start with the Audi EDIT: it appears the original A8 sold; I have updated the links to a similar 2005 with slightly more miles:

Year: 2004
Model: A8L
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 101,551 mi
Price: $9,990 Buy It Now

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2004 AUDI A8L AWD Quattro. Beautiful Sparkling green color with tan leather interior. Nice and Sharp Looking loaded with most of the options. Texas Owner. Even with slightly high miles, it runs and drives awesome. Non Smoker. Equipped with Navigation, Heated Seats, Xenon Lights. Engine sounds great and transmission shift swiftly. I personally drove it for over 50 miles and checked the A/C, alignment, and Suspension. NO flood, water. Clean Texas Title with no lien.

I have to say, I really like the light mint green, and that you can get into a D3 for under 10K. The interior on these cars is beautiful and well laid out; on the outside, while the D3 isn’t as pretty to me as the D2 was, it’s still quite a handsome car.…

Beautiful No-Reserve BMW 745i Turbo

Beautiful No-Reserve BMW 745i Turbo

The E23 7-series gets a little less love than the other 80s BMW body styles and is a little too old to get more attention than the epic E38. Today’s Euro 745i Turbo should change all that, as it’s one of the cleanest BMWs I’ve ever seen, period. Not officially offered in the US, some 745s made it over thanks to the rise of the Grey Market in the 80s. Replete with the 249hp M106, Executive package including water buffalo interior, and clean Euro bumpers, this Burgunrot beauty looks like it came straight off the showroom floor. As it should, with less than 12k miles on the clock. A beautiful mix of supersized E21 and E28, this is as sporty as a 7-series has ever looked.

1984 Euro BMW 745i Turbo for sale on eBay


Selling for no reserve…

Rare and indeed one of the best 745 turbos for sale in the country. Over 20k in receipts done over past few years. Previously owned by a BMW fanatic and superbly maintained. Fully restored and perfect. Reducing my private collection.

This is the executive edition equipped with 3.5 liter straight 6 cylinder factory turbo with automatic transmission. The executive edition was meant to be chauffer driven and includes rear electric reclining seats, rear radio controls in armrest, rear window shade and Buffalo Hide leather. Color is beautiful Burgunrot metallic with tan Buffalo Hide. It has been professional repainted and its an amazing paint job. Looks factory and high quality. All trim and bumpers were removed.

This Euro 745i Turbo has very desirable Euro features like Euro front and rear bumpers, Euro grill with Euro headlights and headlight wipers, BBS front and rear spoilers, 17 BBS style 5 wheels completely restored and new Vredestein 215/45/17 tires. The bumpers are still new and perfect chrome and rubber trim.

Gray Market 1985 BMW 745i

Gray Market 1985 BMW 745i

I have long been a fan of the 1980’s era BMW’s. Having owned many E21, E24, E30, E28 and the like I have always admired the traditional styling, smooth inline 6-cylinder motors and the Germanic precision. One car I have never owned is an E23 7-series. Historically I have viewed the E23 as slightly ungainly compared to the more elegant E28 sedan and gorgeous E24 coupe, however time has changed my perception and I find myself drawn to the big 7. Maybe the problem was that my sole exposure was US model cars with their battering ram bumpers and US spec lighting. This grey market 745i features the smooth, countour hugging European bumpers and escaped the wrath of US Spec lighting. I also have a soft spot for 1980’s German cloth interior, very period and seems much more durable than the Buffalo hides common in most 745i. Now of course we haven’t even touched on the turbocharged motor, awakening the big bore six and providing it thrust equal to its standing at the top of the mid 80’s BMW sedan food chain.

Gray Market 1985 BMW 745i

$5000.00 or BEST OFFER!!! I want to get this charmer out of my garage. 1985 BMW 745i is in great condition with original paint! This car has only 94,500 original miles. I am the third owner of this BMW 745i. Just inherited this car and I have hardly driven it! Racing suspension and steering. Original cloth interior in great shape (previously covered with sheepskin seat covers).

This car has been listed off and on for the past 2 years, so I would expect it needs some TLC. Based on the description the owner is not very familiar with what he has. I love the cloth interior and marvel at the fact that BMW would offer their top of the line car in 1985 to even be made available with crank windows, I love it!…

2007 Alpina B7 BMW for sale

2007 Alpina B7 BMW for sale

If ever the Bangle-butted BMW 7-series looked good, it’s in the guise of the Alpina B7.  Though Alpina makes awesome versions of almost every BMW across the pond, in recent years we New Worlders have only been granted the regrettable Alpina Roadster (seriously, what tuner makes a car WORSE?), and the monster B7.  Based on the 745i, Alpina took the 7 to a whole new level by adding a supercharger, new suspension and electronics mapping, a body kit emphasizing Alpina’s long, low and mean style, and the absolutely fantastic 20-spoke, 21-inch wheels.  All reviews declare it a complete brute in the best of ways; a large luxury sedan capable of devouring highway miles, carving corners, and scaring children.

I saw a nice one on the local Craigslist so I thought I’d shop what eBay had to offer.  Surprisingly, there’s a ton of these rare beasts out there, but this clean B7 with 52k miles caught my eye with a shockingly-cheap Buy-it-Now of $46k.

I’ve always dug the B7.  Helping a friend’s mom shop for her new car, it came down to this or the Maserati Quattroporte.  She went Italian, but I like the brutality of the B7.  It’s even better in the blue, but that audacious body kit is a rare look in the US, and the 500hp, 516 lb-ft supercharged 4.6l V8 is the stuff of legends.  If you’re in the market for a big, fast luxury sedan, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this at 1/3 of it’s original price.  Hell, you could hock the wheels for at least $10k, but you wouldn’t want to do that… they’re nearly the best part.

If you have the means, I highly recommend picking [this] one up.

-NR…