The BMW 7-series has been the flagship of the German automaker's lineup since its introduction in 1977. The first-generation E23 ran for ten years and was among the first luxury cars geared toward performance-oriented drivers. Do you want complete isolation from the road? Go with an S-class Benz. Do you want great steering and brake feel, relatively flat cornering, excellent feedback from the road and just the right amount of damping? Well, that's been BMW's secret recipe for the last 35 years, combining refined ride quality with sporting handling characteristics.
This 1985 BMW 735i Executive Package is a grey market one-owner example originally purchased in Germany; it still has the original window sticker (in Deutschmarks, of course) and the original import documentation. As a Euro car, it has the desirable smaller bumpers, larger low-beam headlights, Hella H4 headlights instead of sealed beam lights, and a higher compression, more powerful engine. And as an executive package car, it has a list of luxury options a mile long -- including a sumptuous yet supportive interior clad in water buffalo hide and burled walnut trim. Yes, water buffalo. A little over the top? Sure, but it still looks and feels great. The door panels, armrests and center console are finished in hand-stitched leather in perfect condition, and we believe even the floor mats are original. All lights, gauges and wipers are working properly, and the original Becker stereo installed only in the Euro cars still works fine. The car comes with all its factory-supplied books and manuals, including the Becker radio manual. Switchgear is in German, but the instrument cluster was changed to U.S. MPH when the car was imported.
Originally delivered in Germany, this Bimmer still has the original window sticker showing the sales price of 77,000 deutschemarks -- about the most expensive luxury car you could buy in the mid-1980s. A princely sum, indeed, but it bought you an incredible driving machine. It's solid, substantial and surprisingly sprightly -- it's about the same size as a modern 5-series.
Under the hood is the 3.4 liter variant of the M30 single overhead camshaft inline six, regarded by many as the best engine BMW has ever produced. It's mated to the venerable ZF 4HP22E four-speed automatic gearbox with both sport and economy modes. The drivetrain is bulletproof, and with 141,000 miles it has plenty of life left. The car has been well maintained with service records to back it up and has a newer battery and alternator.
This car originally shipped with now-obsolete TRX wheels and tires (I'm sure it seemed like a good idea to Michelin and BMW at the time). TRX wheels are worth their weight in scrap now since you can no longer buy a decent tire for them, but this BMW has been updated to classic M Contour replicas with nearly new Michelin tires.
Cosmetically, this BMW still looks great; the paint shows well, panels are straight with good gaps, and all glass, seals and rubber are in excellent condition. The car has held up quite well, owing to outstanding initial build quality and a single owner who clearly cared for it. Even the original toolkit and the factory-supplied first aid kit are completely intact in the trunk. There aren't many nice ones left; most fell into the wrong hands long ago, so well-preserved examples like this one are fast becoming classics. This is the first time this E23 has been on the market since it was new. Give us a call at 404-692-5250 for more information.
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