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Update 1/17/19: After failing to sell at $14,999, this oddball limo has been relisted at $9,999.
In terms of German marque limos, it’s safe to say that Mercedes-Benz pretty much has the segment cornered. Andrew has recently covered a crazy supercharged stretched E-Class, a classic if poorly executed W126 S-Class, and of course the market-defining Pullman. Even an unlikely G-Class made the ranks of stretched Benzs.
So it would appear that few are looking for “The Ultimate Driving Machine” for a vomit-inducing ride to the altar, the prom, or some Garth Brooks tour date with six of their closest college buddies. Yet that hasn’t stopped someone from trying. But to me, if the marque was unusual, the model which they chose is even more strange:
By now we’re used to the idea that flagship, luxury sedansÂ should look like bloated warships, with bulbous styling, semi-autonomous aids to insulate the driver from driving, and triple-glazed windows to insulateÂ plutocraticÂ passengers from the hoi polloi outside. But once upon a time,Â top of the range cars were simpler, crisper and cleaner in their appearance and design and much more involving to drive. Luxurious, yes, but swollen, no. For this reason I’ve always had a soft spot for the E23 generation 7-series, now near forgotten, especially since so few of them remain on the road and so many of them now rot in junkyards. This one is a nice looking survivor. It also comes with an added bonus: a donor car with a manual gearbox, ready for a swap.
A couple of weeks ago I binge-watched Stranger Things. Sort of a mashup of TheÂ X-Files, The Twilight Zone, The Goonies and E.T., it’s aÂ sci-fi/horror show about kids chasing monsters setÂ in the early 1980s. It’s fantastic. TheÂ producers have clearly gone to great lengths toÂ get theÂ period details correct: the hair, the clothesÂ andÂ the music are all spot on.Â As areÂ the cars; the show features an impressive lineup of coolÂ 80s iron that had me wonderingÂ whose job it is to source cars for TV and film, and where they get them from.Â Do studios keep a stock of mint, vintage cars on hand? If so, I’dÂ love to see that garage. Anyway, in the show one of the major charactersÂ (a teenager, rather improbably) drives an E23 733i. You don’t see many of them left on the roads these days,Â so it was a delight to see it on screen. A quick search online turned up only a few for sale,Â but this one in particular caught my eye.
Following on from the final E24 we featured on Tuesday, here’s another big BMW from the 1980s. Here and there we’ve seen a few nice E23s, including the uncommon Alpina B10 3.5 Carter featured last week. This 733i with its 3-speed automatic is more of a relaxed cruiser than that Alpina special, but this has to be one of the lowest mileage E23s left in existence, showing just over 12,000 miles on its odometer. While it’s not the ultimate iteration of the E23, it’s certainly a flashback to the beginning of a golden era at BMW.