While Mercedes-Benz is the go-to for protected dignitaries, executives and everyone else who has a potential mark of their back, they’re not alone in offering upgraded armor to their lineup. BMW also entered the game with their “Protection Package”. This turned the 7 into the ‘ultimate surviving machine’ by adding bulletproof glass front, sides and rear along with armor behind the body panels and no sunroof. A claimed 44 were sold here, making this one of the most rare variants of any BMW imported:
What is your tolerance for risk? That’s the question you needÂ to ask yourself if you’re thinking aboutÂ buyingÂ aÂ cheap, high mileage German executive sedan. The used car market is littered with them:Â carsÂ whose values have fallen so far off aÂ cliff that they canÂ now be had for a fraction of their original price. This E38 740iL is one such car, on sale for just $3,800.Â Let that sink in for a moment: a mere thirty eight hundred dollars (EDIT: it’s listed even cheaper on theirÂ websiteÂ at $3,100).Â The yuppie bike store a few blocks from my house sells bicycles that are more expensive than that. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Sure, theÂ asking price might simply turn out to be the cost of entry intoÂ money-pit hell. But onÂ the other hand, if you go in with your eyes open, and especially if you can turn a wrench yourself, this could be a great deal on a cool carÂ that lets you live out your Transporter fantasies on a shoestring budget.
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I’ve tried to show off some great classic BMW M cars recently. Â The early factory M cars have so much going for them: great power,…