Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1981 BMW 745i - Looking For a Reprieve...

"This Needs To Be Saved"... That was how JaCG reader, Paul, titled his e-mail to me.

I couldn't agree more.

As I wrote in an earlier post, the 745i does not have a 4.5 liter engine in it. It has a 3.2 lite turbocharged 6. BMW decided that since a 3.2 liter turbocharged engine has power equivalent of 4.5 liter normally aspirated engine, they could call this car a 745.

The E23 replaced the E3 (2500 / 2800 / Bavaria) in BMW's lineup. The 745i was the biggest, baddest E23 you could buy. Officially, it was never sold in North America. Unofficially, through the grey market, a few came in.

This car is a barn find. (Note to self: Next house needs to have a barn. Wonderful cars just seem to magically turn up in them.) According to the seller, "the original owner, and importer from Germany, parked this car in his barn 18 years ago to 'protect it' and just never got around to getting it back on the road".

The seller was planning to part it out, but after realizing how original and rare this car is, he decided to list it on eBay. He claims he is only going to list it once and if it doesn't sell, part it out.

This car absolutely needs to be saved. It hasn't been run in 18 years and it has some early rust, but it's complete and intact.

The opening bid is a reasonable $1500.00. The auction has no reserve. Having not seen the car, I have no idea what it will take to make it roadworthy. But, this is a 30 year luxury / sport sedan that when restored could easily hang out with more modern - far more expensive - import sedans.

If I had the time, money and, especially, the space, I'd buy this car in a heartbeat. Being a BMW, I would have no reservations about driving it often. It would also be a huge hit at any car show.

Located in Haverhill, MA, click here to see the eBay listing. (As I write this there is just over one day to go in the eBay ad. You'll need to act quickly in order to save this car from the crusher.)

A big thanks to Paul for sending me this link.


Hans said...

260000 kilometers on nicely salted German autobahns and then 18 years sitting in MA climate............
No need to save this car, it's just a parts car, if and only if the engine is still running.

Anonymous said...

Yea there is a bid now

Hope it is a BMW guy who will save it

Unknown said...

Im from SA andi can save it but hw much wl it cost me ?