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1994 BMW 750iL with 19,000 Miles

There’s something completely captivating about a time capsule car. It makes you wonder: why didn’t anyone drive it? Where has it been sitting all these years? And it’s especially compelling to find a time capsule example of a model that you don’t see on the roads anymore. The E32 generation 7-series is such a car: very few of these are left, with most having been retired to the junk yard. Unlike Mercedes-Benz cars from the same era, they just weren’t really built to last. Which is a shame: the E32 is a big old bruiser, with classic boxy styling based upon traditional BMW design language, with angular kidneys and four round headlights. The 750iL was the plutocratic range topper, powered by a 5.0 liter, V12 motor.

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Year: 1994
Model: 750iL
Engine: 5.0 liter V12
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 19,187 mi
Price: Reserve auction

Lusso presents this beautiful 1994 BMW 750Li that came to us on consignment and is out of a time capsule. With only 19,187 original miles, this BMW flagship V12 machine is a 2 owner car and runs like new! Featured in White over Tan leather interior, the body and paint show very well with only a few minor rock chips in the front end normal to the miles. The interior shows very well with minimal wear on the seats. The cruise ship features heated and cooled front and rear seats, 6 Disc cd changer, dual pane windows and rear shades. Car runs very smooth and shifts great and has recently been services! The only issue the BMW has, is the central locking system malfunctions when locking the car, causing the only way to unlock is from the passenger side. This BMW is a true future classic and comes with all owner manuals! Please don’t hesitate asking us any questions!!

This particular example dates from 1994, the last year before the E38 platform arrived, and comes in Alpine White III over a parchment leather interior. It looks almost like a brand new car, which is not surprising since the odometer displays an unbelievably low 19k miles. The paint looks excellent, exterior panels look straight and the interior looks remarkably clean, with glossy wood trim and leather seats and vinyl door panels that appear to be in excellent shape. The engine bay looks very clean too; the yellowing visible on the intake manifolds is the cosmoline anti-rust agent applied at the factory.

A close examination of the photos reveals a few minor flaws. It looks as though the jacking point covers on the side skirts are missing, the exhaust at the back looks like it’s hanging a little low and shows some scrapes and the blue front mats are not original and mismatch the rest of the interior. Besides that, I can’t see anything obviously wrong with the car. The seller does report a fault with the central locking system.

It’s hard to put a price on this car, since so few of them show up in this condition. Bidding is already surprisingly strong at $12k with several days left on the auction.

– Craig


  1. Brad
    Brad February 20, 2017

    Back when things were beautiful inside and out. But the wolf is at the door.

  2. John
    John February 20, 2017

    Lovely. So hard to find a non-black dash.

  3. Andrew
    Andrew February 20, 2017

    Funny story on one of these. Back when I was 16 I worked at a garage who specialized in pre-owned European cars. We had one of these and it was parked on a slight slope outside one of the garage bays. I was leaning in the passenger side seat and went to pull out the ash tray, only to pull so hard I bumped the shifter into neutral. Car started rolling backwards and I panicked. Jumped out of it only to run around the backside of the car while it was rolling backwards and jump in the drivers side to stab the brake pedal before it slammed into a row of MK3 Jettas. No idea why you could move the shifter without the key in it.

  4. Early8q
    Early8q February 20, 2017

    @Andrew YIKES! I bet. That story is burned in deep. Good thing 60 minutes didn’t catch wind of it. As I tyke I shifted my parents LTD wagon out of park and rode it through a fence, doh. Your story has a better ending.

  5. Ed
    Ed February 20, 2017

    My dad sold his ’90 750iL in 2012 with 69K miles. It was a terrific car that never gave him any major trouble. Come to think of it, it was surprisingly reliable but at his advanced age he needed something smaller, with a rearview camera and all sorts of newfangled safety aids so old faithful had to go. Drove great but did not feel as solid as his previous E23. That thing felt like it was carved from granite.

  6. Wojciech
    Wojciech February 20, 2017

    Is the red (orange?) line in the upper wood trim pieces original to the car? I don’t think I’ve seen BMW do this on wood trim in any other car.

  7. Wojciech
    Wojciech February 22, 2017

    @John Thanks, I learned something new about BMWs today.

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