Following on to the 1989 BMW 750iL we featured yesterday, here is possibly one of the lowest mileage V12 E32s in existence. We featured this car four years ago and its back up for sale with barely any more mileage tacked on.
The below post originally appeared on our site September 11, 2011:
The 7 series might have a tradition of being one of the priciest vehicles in the BMW lineup, but like many luxury sedans, depreciation takes hold quickly. Thus, it’s not uncommon to see many clapped out examples of Munich’s finest flooding the used market, tempting those who might want a slice of the good life but who are ill prepared for the cost of their upkeep. Occasionally, you’ll find a one or two owner example that has been cared for the right way, such as this example for sale in Vancouver. A 26-year-old, twelve cylinder BMW with over six figures in mileage is still a scary proposition to some. However, if you must have one, this wouldn’t be a bad starting point.
Shortly after the E38 BMW 7 series was introduced, the company resurrected a name from the 1980s to grace one very special 7 series. The L7. The first L7 was based on the E23 7 series and appeared for but one model year in 1986. This 7 series featured leather upholstery throughout with a leather dashboard and door padding, a power glass moonroof and a driver’s side airbag.
For the E38 though, the L7 badge would mean something a little more special. First, one notices the extra length. Ten inches longer aft of the B-pillar, this car was designed with rear passenger comfort in mind. Leather upholstery throughout was standard, of course, as was the V12 engine. A full length console ran down the center of the rear seats, with electric adjustments for both rear seats and a refrigerator behind tucked away behind the folding armrest. Tray tables like what you would see in a Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas were on hand, as well. Just 899 of these long-wheelbase 7 series were produced, with the bulk being produced in 1997 – 265 examples. This particular L7 is on offer south of Stuttgart in the direction of the Swiss border.
Mercedes has made an interesting tack, reasserting themselves as the kings of luxury and letting sporting dynamics become secondary. BMW is making interesting inroads in the green department and still produces very sporting cars, but like many automakers, their mission has become muddled. There was no question about where the E38 7-series sat in the hierarchy of the big boys though, bringing the most sporting looks and dynamics to the full-size luxury sedan segment. While the 740i may be the sportiest choice, the 750iL brought V12 power and presence to the party. They may be highway dominators, but today’s example has covered less than 50k miles and comes heavily optioned, including the excellent and Shadowline-including Sport Package. With a detailed and extensive maintenance history, this is the way to go if you’re interested in the 750.
After two months on the market, this clean and low mile 1989 750iL remains for sale. The “Buy It Now” price has been lowered to $9,750 – while these E32 V12s are known for expensive repairs, this one looks to be one of the best that’s been for sale lately and offers the buyer a lot of car for the money.
The below post originally appeared on our site January 24, 2014:
If you’re new here, my love for Estoril Blue is deep and unabashed. Part of this is sentimental, as the first M car I experienced and drove was Estoril, and part of it is that it’s just a damn gorgeous and deep color. I am instantly more intrigued by the F30 when they are in this uncommon hue. A while back I did a post with 3 different Bimmers all in Estoril, but today’s is a new one for me. Custom ordered from the factory, this owner (still the original) made a great choice and tacked on a few extra grand to his already-expensive E38 750il. It looks smashing, although the shadowline trim available on the 740 sports would make it even better. The V12 has less than 75k miles on it and it’s a BMW CCA member, supplementing the desirability of the great E38.
I’m not alone in my preference for the E38 7-series; its minor updates over the E32 seemed to really take the design to a new level of cleanliness and aggression. Relative to the well cared for E38s that still roam the streets looking amazing, most E32s look beat up, frumpy, ridden hard and put away wet. All that changes today though, as this is hands down the best E32 I have ever seen. Rocking lowering springs, M-Parallels, and a nice front lip, this black V12 beauty is the business. It’s not just a pretty face, either; it’s covered just 37k miles in its life and has had tiny issues tended to. It takes a really nice E23 for me to be more attracted than pretty much any E38; this is the first E32 that’s really ever required a second, third, and fourth glance.
In the past year, we’ve featured a lot of E38 BMW 7 series. Most have been the 740i Sport, but whichever the model, these are a perennial favorite amongst BMW enthusiasts and lovers of large executive sedans. Now it’s time to shed some light on the big daddy of the group, the V12 engined 750iL. The year 2001 was the end of the line for the E38, so this low mileage example for sale in Oklahoma represents the zenith of this generation of 7 series. Black on black with the M Parallel wheels gives this car a menacing, dictatorial presence.
Engine: 5.0 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,845 mi
Price: No reserve auction
Yes, the mileage is correct. This was the last year for the older body style. Purchased it on 24 December 2001 as a Christmas gift for my wife. The dealership delivered it with a red bow and several bottles of wine. My wife loved it. She has had several BMWs before this one.
Why are we selling it? We never drive it. We have six cars for three drivers. Two of our cars are Honda CNGs Civics. CNG is big business in Oklahoma City, a dollar a gallon. We have most, it not all of the maintenance invoices. The car is always under cover. We usually have the oil changed every year by the dealership. The BMW maintenance system has never called for maintenance, we have always done it ahead of schedule. This car has the monochrome option. All of the chrome is black, it actually looks great.
This car has the Sports Option. I would not have ordered this option. The ride is a bit stiff. Not bad, but love the normal suspension.
Limousines seem much rarer now than when I was a wee lad, when I remember being awestruck by giant Mercedes rolling through downtown Seattle with weird boomerangs on top of their trunks. Perhaps it’s another social change attributable to “THE ECONOMY” or maybe the advent of Hummer limos finally jumped the shark, or maybe it just happens that I live in a place where the rich drive themselves; whatever it is, the limo is a hilarious exercise in automobile modification and excess. In the late 80s, BMW stepped up their excess-game with the introduction of the V12-powered 750, an already long car. While some readers are probably already angrily typing that this car is not worth posting, the fun ones are imagining what they would do with a giant ferret of a car. Top Gear-type challenges? The most comfortable road trips ever? The acres of leather in the interior leave me inclined towards the latter. Low miles and overall cleanliness give a few points to practicality, but there’s nothing practical about getting that massive wheelbase around corners. No wonder it’s for sale in Texas.
Model: 750iL limousine
Engine: 5.0L V12
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,000 mi
If this were a normal 750iL, the price would probably be even higher. The limo-factor makes it hard to value (as if anyone needs a pragmatic assessment of this car anyway). I just find it funny to know that there was a 25 year-old limo that is still this clean and ready to party.
Have a lot of enemies? Live in a really bad neighborhood? Hang out with known undesirables? Or just generally paranoid? Then look no further, we have found your car. This is certainly something you don’t see every day, a fully armored, long wheelbase, V12, 7-series. These cars were pretty rare in the US market, and were mainly reserved for the wealthy, with an original MSRP of just under $100K.
If you were the member of the 1% that made their money by stepping on a few toes, the full armor treatment was a must. Judging by the list of previous owners, I’m really surprised that this car has not actually seen fire. The lack of bullet wounds on this car may be attributed to the 5.4L V12 that made 322 bhp and 361 lb/ft of torque getting this land yacht to safety. No matter what your motivations, or social situation, this black fortress is a cool way to act like a boss.
Engine: 5.4 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 125,000 mi
This car is immaculate. Car fax will tell you this car was owned by Ronald McDonald Corp. Then the CIA out of Langley, VA. Have service records. Car is black. Sunroof. Fully loaded. Leather heated interior. Black. Low miles. I hate to sell but need the money asap. So price is firm. Car is classified as armoured limousine which makes it 4 inches longer I was told. Cannot upload pics but car is a beauty. BBS rims. Have original tail lights but led lights are on the car now. Looks sharper!!
I can send pics via text or email. Call if serious. 919 618 5177 Also for more info and yes it is really bullet proof! Look at windows!!Or can give VIN for car fax for you.