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

Click for more details: 1982 BMW 745i on eBay

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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.


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


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

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi A8L on eBay

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. I always felt the taillights were too large on this model, but like that this car does have acres of rear leg room. I haven’t heard of D3s suffering the same transmission issues that saddled D2s, and with just over 100,000 miles, there should be plenty of life in this mill. The front bumper shows signs of some curb contact and in typical fashion the dealer has failed to replace a few little things that would dress the car up ($10 centercap, anyone?), but the one item that would concern me is the trunk lid seems out of alignment; these mostly-aluminum A8s need special repairs if they’ve contacted something hard. If the thought of a higher mile Audi scares you too much, perhaps the BMW is for you:


Year: 2004
Model: 745i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,140 mi
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 BMW 745i on eBay

2004 BMW 7 Series 745i

The E65 won’t go down in many people’s books as a great looking car, and few would argue that it’s really good looking; but, it is stately and it’s hard to argue with the combination of a sport and luxury. This particular car was pretty well optioned with the sport package, cold weather package, luxury package, park distance control, and upgraded wheels. Kalahari Beige looks quite nice without dating the car too much. The interior is less well laid out than the Audi but still pretty trick and full of gadgets you can (and will need to) play with all day. Like the Audi, the drivetrains in these cars were pretty tried and true, so with normal maintenance one shouldn’t expect too many issues immediately. Bangle-era BMWs not your thing? Well, how about a Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic:


Year: 2004
Model: S500 4Matic
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 137,339 mi
Price: $8,863 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic on eBay


Although this S-Class is the cheapest car here and sports the largest motor, there are items that give me pause; chief among which is the salvage title. However, repair costs on these cars “by the book” are sometimes so high, it’s not unusual to see totaled cars without tremendous damage. Provided it checks out, I’m not sure the title would scare me away as I don’t think this is a long term keeper anyway. The mileage is also higher than the other two, and like the E65, the W220 isn’t high on the “favorites” list of many enthusiasts. Despite this, they’re pretty solid cars that will quietly whisk you away from your daily grind.

Were it my money, hands down it would be the Audi. More power and lower weight than the Mercedes, less technologically dependent than the BMW, and better looking than both, to me that’s the winner of the group. Which one would you like to show off in?


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. Purchased new from BMW dealer. It also has a Magna flow exhaust.

Recent work from 2008-2012 includes:

10/2012 Repaired AC system and recharge $450
5/2012 Remove and install new upgraded turbo GT35/K27, timing cover gasket, fan clutch, fan blade $2065
7/2011 Full and complete professional repaint $5460
6/2011 New Vredestein Ultrac sessanta tires $851
2/2011 New plugs, replaced antenna, p/s hose, throttle return spring, check for leaks $798
1/2010 Remove and install new Euro bumpers and trim, hood shocks, brackets $3428
1/2010 New battery $116
8/2010 Replaced pitman arms, installed driving lights, repaired malfunctions on dash $1213
12/2009 Front bumper restoration $1445
3/2009 Remove install new lower power steering hoses $160
3/2009 New windshield, new back glass $1183
7/2008 Install new headlights, replaced heater hoses and coolant, tie rod assembly, control arms, idler arm, brake hoses,wipers, install spoiler, strut mount $3739

Total with receipts $20,908

This car has been well sorted and is a pure pleasure to drive. Starts right up and runs perfectly. AC blows ice cold. All windows, door locks, sunroof, dash and odometer work fine. The dash computer never worked. People take notice and give me thumbs up all the time. Its a 7 series classic with factory turbo and pretty fast from its period. It was one of the top sedans in the 1980s.

Car is registered in Seattle, WA and has clean title. It currently does not have a Catalytic convertor and will be sold as is. Not for sale in California.

Holy moly. What inspired the seller to go no-reserve eludes me, but it provides the chance to have a beautiful piece of 80s German rare that would be decently quick and mind-blowingly luxurious. I want to nap on those buffalo seats. Seventeen bids have pushed it to $7k with 3 days left. With so few miles and every option box ticked, it is worth a bit more than that. I love this car.


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! The chrome fender trim made so popular on the W126 series S-Class Mercedes-Benz of the era has to go and I am a little nervous about the “racing suspension and obviously lowered ride height… You never know one might find period Alpina bits hiding underneath, but more likely I would wager cut US market 735i springs. It is hard to establish a pricing trend on these cars, but based upon the length of time the seller has been trying to sell this car I would think a person could pick up a great piece of 80’s BMW history for well under $5k!


This is the first post from another new contributor. Please join me in a warm welcome to the GCFSB team! -dc

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.