2001 BMW 740iL Sport

Two large German sedans from the last three decades stand out in my mind as perhaps the most beloved. The Mercedes-Benz W126 S-class and the car you see here, the BMW E38 7 series. While the BMW E32 7 series moved the luxury car chains in the late 1980s, the E38 refined the breed, carrying on the option of the smooth V12 at the top of the range while streamlining the classic BMW styling hallmarks we know and love just a bit. This final year 740iL for sale in Florida has the Sport Package, which includes the sought after Style 37 M-Parallel alloy wheels. Having covered less than 50,000 miles, this burgundy beauty has a lot of life left in it.

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1997 BMW L7

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.

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2001 BMW 750iL

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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.

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10K Friday: Ronin v. The Transporter

On the surface, the themes were very similar; two movies staring action superstars playing above-the-law criminals with an amazing ability to extricate themselves from seemingly impossible conditions against improbable odds driving large, fast executive cars. Despite this, the movies Ronin and The Transporter couldn’t be more different. I watched the former on the edge of my seat, captivated by the mystery, floored by the incredibly filmed stunt scenes, the attention to reality and detail, and the staggeringly awesome lineup of cars. The latter I struggled to get through at all; I managed to make it about half way through before giving up. To this day, I still haven’t seen the ending of the first movie, and nothing more than trailers of the second. Is there a third? I’m sorry, I’m sure it made a gazillion dollars in the box office but frankly when I watched the clip of the Audi A8L W12 corkscrewing through the air to miraculously remove a bomb from the bottom of the car on a perfectly placed scrap-metal magnet hanging in mid-air I lost all interest. I can suspend my belief for a movie like Ronin because there was an air of reality to it; the characters were flawed and mortal. Sure, there were problems with the plot and even some of the stunts – I mean, they don’t show Jean Reno standing in line at the DMV to register the 450SEL 6.9, for example. But in terms of reality, it was on this planet at least, while The Transporter seemed to be set in some alternate Japanese-live-action-anime reality I’m not sure I want to understand. Nevertheless, the central plot to both is about cars and driving (at least a bit), and today you can purchase just about all of the cars featured in these films for around $10,000 – so which would you have? I had to use a bit of creative with some of the versions, so you’ll bear with me I hope – here we go!

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10K Friday: 2001 – An Executive Odyssey – S8 v. 740i Sport

A few weeks ago, Paul wrote up a low mile 1995 740i, always a favorite of ours here at GCFSB. Also a favorite is the D2 S8. Together, they represent in our minds the pinnacle of large executive designs – fast, comfortable, quiet, and with enough presence to draw respectful looks without being overstated, showy or brash. We also think that these two executive sedans are better looking than the multiple generations that have replaced them. While performance and luxury have increased in both BMW and Audi, in our opinion both of these cars are the high-water marks for their respective brands. So, which would you rather have? Let’s start with the S8:

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1995 BMW 730i 5-speed Manual

I’m not a conventional person by any stretch of the means. This is probably why I’m turned on whenever I see a large luxury sedan equipped with a manual gearbox. Like this BMW 730i for sale in Potsdam, Germany equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox. This was the first year for the E38 7 series, and while we saw this engine and gearbox in the E34 530i, this 730i model was one that never made it here.

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1995 BMW 740i with 40k miles


The mid 1990s would bring about a new flagship for BMW, one that would take on a more evolutionary than revolutionary styling change. The E38 7 series would go on to become one of the most revered large BMWs in history, as the 7 series that followed was not as well received due to its radical styling. Available in V8 and V12 form throughout its stint in the US, this 1995 740i represents the more “basic” short wheelbase form that was on offer to American customers. The earlier E38 had the 4.0 liter V8 that we see here, supplanted by a revised 4.4 liter unit from 1996 onwards. It’s uncommon to spot an early E38 with low mileage, as these would be tasked to devour highway miles at a rapid clip. This 740i has escaped the ravages of time and is closing in on a mere 40,000 miles.

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1998 BMW 740i with 25k miles

There’s a lot of cars that I sit here and think if only they were still manufactured, they would still find buyers. One car that sticks out in my mind is the E38 BMW 7 series. While the 7 series that preceded it, the E32, pushed this model into the executive sedan mainstream, the E38 cemented BMW’s place in that segment. But then came the E65 7 series in 2002 which polarized BMW traditionalists with it’s avant garde styling and complex electronic wizardry. Time has passed and the criticism of that 7 series has softened, but one thing it won’t do is age as gracefully as the E38. Want to play CEO? This 740i for sale in Nebraska has but 25k miles and will let you live out that fantasy.

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2001 BMW 750iL with 29k Miles

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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.


Year: 2001
Model: 750iL
Engine: 5.0 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,845 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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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. It also comes with the M wheels, sport seats, and steering wheel. Not sure what options this car does not have installed. It has the HID headlights, etc. It stickered for $98.000.00. We paid, $81,000.00 for it. It gets approximately 16 to 17 miles per gallon. It has never been above 100 mph, but I am guessing, that it will easily go to the 155 mph limit. The computer will not allow you to go faster. It is a stately car, gathers itself up and goes. Quiet mufflers, etc.

Feel free to contact me for additional information. I can forward photographs, etc. We will miss this car. I drive it at least every two weeks. The UN used a simillar car to this one, as the car for the Secretary General of the UN. He was chauffered around in it. The back seat is huge. Truck likewise. I am guessing that they had the armored version. Feel free to contact me for additial information. Leather, etc., all look brand new. Paint good or better.

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Every time I return home to Philadelphia, I see a lot of these black E38s running around, mainly on Bustleton Avenue, parts of which happen to be a Russian neighborhood. If anyone has seen the Bourne series of movies, it’s apparently these big brutes are not just popular here, but in the mother country, as well. Want to look like an Eastern European bad ass? Here’s your car, then.
Even though this is a low mileage E38, one couldn’t expect any V12 engined vehicle to be cheap to run. With bidding where it is at the moment, I’d suspect this one will probably glance $20,000, which is big dollars for an E38. But for the executive that just can’t get down with current BMW styling and wants something a bit more conservative, a low mileage 7er like this would certainly be attractive.


2001 BMW 740i Sport

Over a decade on, the E38 7 series is still revered for being a pinnacle of design for the BMW brand. Sure, they may be a bit behind in terms of technology, but there’s no denying that this was a beautiful, if somewhat conservative, design. One of my favorites of the E38 range was the short wheelbase 740i Sport. For those that need a refresher, the Sport package included Shadowline exterior trim, sport seats, 18″ M-Parallel alloy wheels hooked up to a tauter suspension and a higher final drive ratio for the 5-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. This 740i Sport for sale in Georgia is wearing a rare hue for a 7 series, Imola Red. This is certainly a bold choice for a large, executive sedan.

Year: 2001
Model: 740i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 120,000 mi
Price: $9,995 Buy It Now

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Collector-quality example of the last, best year of the classic E38. Rare Imola red. Sport, Convenience and Cold packages. 5 M-Parallel alloys, powder-coated valve covers, Euro center armrest (phone delete). Service records from new. 120,000 easy miles. Full pics at http://tinyurl.com/shortysporty

My love for oddball cars has me drawn to the Imola Red 740i Sport. It’s almost like installing a graffiti exhibit right outside of The Lourve. As crass as it may seem at first, it works. This car has covered a good amount of miles, but it looks to have been well looked after. There are no rips or cracks in the leather and the front center armrest is a nice touch, removing the receptacle for the large car phone that no one would have a use for these days. Pushing $10,000 is not too far out of the question for these late E38s, especially considering it comes with a cache of records. Considering the mileage, however, a bit of negotiation wouldn’t be out of the question.