V12 Cruiser: 1989 BMW 750iL E32

This next car left the BMW factory quite a few years ago. 33 years to be precise. Let’s put that in perspective. If today was 1989, then the equivalent year would be 1956. Imagine daily driving a car from 1956 in 1989? Nope, not a chance. Or if it were 1956, you’d be trying to drive something from 1923. You might counter that you’d be insane to drive the complex V12 powered E32 generation 750il, but I think it could be possible without breaking the bank or raising too many eyebrows. Find this 1989 BMW 750iL bidding for $3000 with a few days to go, located in West Palm Beach, FL via hemmings auctions.

From the seller:
This 1989 BMW 750iL Sedan is equipped with a V12 engine and was the pinnacle of the Bavarian brand’s expertise on engineering and luxury during the E32 series’ run. Equipped with a factory sunroof and Black leather Interior, it carried an MSRP of $73,225 when it was sold new by Karl Knauz BMW of Lake Bluff, Illinois, in April of 1989. With a current odometer reading of 146,315 miles, this long-wheelbase 7er is said to be “mostly original” and comes with several service records as well as an accident-free Carfax vehicle history report.

POWERTRAIN
The original 5.0-liter M70B50 V12 is said to run well and with its single overhead camshafts, 24 valves, and port fuel injection, the linear power output was rated at 296 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm when new. The selling dealer adds that, “this has been recently serviced and runs smooth…no known leaks” and adds that the original four-speed automatic transmission “shifts smooth.”

EXTERIOR
As with most of BMW’s stately sedans of the E-chassis era, the wide stance with the wheels stretched to the ends of the signature body shape was accented by the Hofmeister kink on the greenhouse. This Schwarz (black) E32 is said to be “free of rust,” although some dings are noted on the doors and small dents on the hood can be seen. The trunk lid’s roundel was faded with swirls present so the rear roundel has been replaced per later photos. The high beams have been converted to yellow fog lights and the windshield has been replaced since these photos were taken, due to a crack. A front headlight washer nozzle bezel is missing and some of the lower body trim panels, which are usually matte black, have been painted in body color. The selling dealer believes the paint is original and the vehicle history report shows no accidents.

INTERIOR
The Black leather (0232) interior is said to be original and is factory-equipped with bucket seats up front that seem to have moderate wear present. The powered sunroof is said to function properly, and images of the leather-wrapped steering wheel reveal fading and wear. All switchgear for the windows and power seat functions are said to be functional, while the original trip computer has some inoperative display pixels, and the AM/FM radio is locked without a security code. The four round gauges feature a digital odometer that currently shows 146,315 miles. The HVAC system is also said to be in good working order.

CHASSIS
This E32 750iL Sedan features four-wheel antilock disc brakes with traction control, which was labeled as ASC (Automatic Stability Control). The four-wheel independent suspension is controlled by a power-assisted recirculating ball steering system. The 15-inch mesh-spoke alloy wheels show minor scratches and notable fading and wear on the finish. The P225/60R15 Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires are said to be dated February of 2020. Images of the undercarriage can be seen in the photo gallery and show slight corrosion.

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