Sunday, March 25, 2012

1982 BMW 733i 5 Speed

There is just something about a red sedan that appeals to me.

As all my friends know, and, I assume, most readers of JaCG have figured out, I love just about all things BMW. (I'd probably pass on an Isetta.)

The E23 7 Series, while I like and respect them, was never high on my list of BMWs I'd like to own. There's really nothing wrong with them. In my eyes they just look heavier and less sporty than the E3 they replaced.

I really want this one, however. I think it's the red paint. That, and the 5 speed manual transmission.

In terms of technology, the E23, when introduced in 1977, was miles ahead of the E3. The engine was fuel injected, there was an on board computer of sorts, ABS was available. It was less of a drivers car - although still much better than most large sedans available in the US at the time - than it was a luxury car. Leather and wood were everywhere.

Like most European imports of the 1970s and 1980s, the engine in the 733i was down on power compared to it's European brothers. The US spec 3.3 liter six made around 181 HP.

What makes this car very appealing is the 5 speed transmission. I've only seen a handful of E32s with manual transmissions.

According to the seller, this car is "well on its way to a full restore." Based on the pictures, I would say that's true.

E32s never sell for a lot of money. This one, if the pictures and descriptions are accurate, is reasonably priced at $2400.00

Located in Sultan, WA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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