James Bond (played by a young Pierce Brosnan, the second of his four Bond films) drove an E38 generation (1995-2001) 7-series that had a nifty remote cell-phone controlled driving apparatus, something that was Hollywood imagineering in 1997, but the car was actually controlled by a rear seat mounted steering wheel and a prone hidden stunt driver. That was a cool 7-series, but it didn’t have a manual gearbox or a supercharger like this next beast. Find this 1997 BMW 740iL offered for $18,500 in Tulsa, OK via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Most of the modified/custom cars out on the street are poorly built piles of Pep Boys junk, but this next car is an example of when a car enthusiast takes the original OEM design and improves it with a few subtle alterations taken from other models from the same OEM. I call this OEM+. A manual gearbox wasn’t available in the USDM E38 7-series, the last 7 with a stick was the E32 735i. The central element of this custom is the 6-speed manual from an M5 mated to a limited slip diff, but the builder focused on the interior with a slick M5 gauge cluster install and an OEM style radio nav system. It is shockingly well done. Find this 2001 BMW 740iL 6-Speed offered for $7,995 in Wareham, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The big boy E38 BMW seems to get better and better looking with age. These pre-Bangle designed cars were the last classically designed sedans that have excellent proportions. The USA 7 series never came with a manual, but today’s feature has had a 6 speed installed from a E39 540i sport. The listing mentions some […]
I know it is late Wednesday evening…but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for a quick Mid Week Match-Up…because the week is half over and the matching isn’t done yet! This next request is for a guy who, for the sake of anonymity, we will call Dave. Dave needs a car to replace his rusting […]