Thursday, November 11, 2010

Massachusetts Auction Update - BMW 733i Touring

Yesterday I wrote a post about an auction happening November 16, in Waltham, MA. (You can find the original post here, or just scroll down.)

As I mentioned, the car that caught my eye right away was the 1981 BMW 733i Touring. I'm a "BMW guy" (I've owned the same 1995 E36 for 17 years. It's my daily driver. In fact, at the moment, it's my only driver!), but I have never seen, or even heard about, a 733i Touring before.

I was doing a bit of research last night and came across the site BMWism.com. (Which is where the above photo of the back end of the car came from.) According to them, there were 2 prototypes built. The picture they show is of a car that looks just like the one being auctioned. Could this car be one of the prototypes? (Click on the site and then scroll about 3/4 of the way down the screen.) I have no idea, but now I'm completely obsessed with this car. I've e-mailed the auction house and asked for permission to view the car in person. If I can, I'll take some photos and post them here.

If anyone has any other info, please post it in the comments section.

I love the 2002 tail lights.

Find the auction information and a picture of the car as it is now in the original Just a Car Geek post.

Updating the Update

A JaCG reader who is familiar with the cars being auctioned has posted some pictures of the 733i Touring.

Let's just say that the picture on the auctioneer's website makes it look a lot better than it is....

In a way, this makes this even more interesting. The car looks to be restorable. It may go cheap. (OK, cheaper than it would have if it were in mint condition.) A winter project? Is it worth taking the day off to attend the auction? This could be a bargain. Then again, it may not hit the amount the auctioneer (or creditors, I guess) thinks it's worth and it will be pulled off auction. Also, there's always that the one person who seems to show up at every auction and has to have one certain car and will bid it up to a stupid amount of money. Will this be the car he's bidding on? That's what makes auctions fun...

You can find a few more pictures of the 733i Touring in it current state here.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw it because I am with one of the creditors with liens. It is in ok but very neglected shape and looks like it has been just sitting. The guy who is losing it is this fellow I believe http://www.mass.gov/obcbbo/9686.htm
If the auction goes off, always questionable with bankruptcies especially one for a lawyer, the bids aren’t final till they get approved by the court and trustee. They have to pull out enough to cover the creditors or they can ask for a redo or assign directly to the creditors in some circumstances.

Just A Car Geek said...

Thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

The wagon hasn’t been registered since 04. It is a nice car but there is surface rust all over a few dings etc. Damn New England weather. The interior is covered in a bunch of mold. The guy had weird taste. A couple of decent cars but all with surface rust and a the rest are just bad taste and they were poorly stored. He would have done better to buy one nice car then this “collection” of B, C and D cars. The car in the best condition is the Studebaker.

Oh I had to include the 84 300ZX. This car had a Maserati Biturbo badge on it. This guy was has the world’s only Maserati Nissan Biturbo. When I was there, the auction company was trying to crank start all the cars. I tried to tell them trying to start cars after a decade without changing fluids etc.. was a bad idea but they were cranking away. The Camaro apparently started leaking gas. Nothing like 20plus year old oil, gas, and hoses.

Trying to email you photos but your email is full

Anonymous said...

photos at

http://www.flutzoo.com/cars.htm

Richard said...

Anonymous - Awesome pictures, I gotta say, I think I am in love....7 Series wagon, I love it. I don't care it needs work and is moldy, its so unique!

Anonymous said...

I will be there if it the auction is a go and not canceled at the last minute. I will post prices for what sells and gets approved by the court. You sometimes have to wait on their approval to make it through.

The pianos are also interesting.

Anonymous said...

According to www.bmwism.com there were only 2 cars like that made. One has been seen in Switzerland. So this is the other one. The third BMW e32 touring mentioned there, has been made couple of years later by pupils of the BMW mechanical workshop.

Anonymous said...

Here is a thread on Bimmerforums about the car.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1555065

-chet

coolhluke said...

I'm also BMW enthusiast & wagon nut..1st wagon was a new Audi 99.5 B5 Avant, I remember when I owned that Avant there was very nice condition E23 touring sold on ebay ..after checkn the links posted here I see its probably the same from ebay auction in 2000...http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/198x_BMW_735i.html

Anonymous said...

Where can I get more information about the E32 touring that was made by the pupils at BMW factory?