Modded 1984 Shark-nose BMW 745i is a gentle reminder that BMWs used to be cool
Tasteful modifications on a classic BMW? Count me in!
BMW hasn't always been the polarising, unusual brand that it seems to be at the moment (let's not even talk about their recent social media work) there was a time where understated grilles, sleek design and utter luxury ruled the roost in Munich, and this 745i is the perfect example of that.
This particular car is a 1984 745i that made its way to the US along with around 1000 others, however, only a few are known to have survived. Restored in 2005 by the prior owner, the current seller has kept everything running almost regardless of cost.
The hard-to-find chrome trim is in good condition, as is the paintwork, though some rust is present at the bottom of the doors due to clogged sunroof drains, something that affects the majority of classic cars with sunroofs, not just BMWs.
What makes this example stand out is the options fitted. It comes with the aptly-named 'Executive Package' which adds black leather upholstery, wood trim, heated and reclining seats, along with rear-seat access to the radio.
Not only that, but it has also been upgraded to feature a modern A/C unit, aftermarket Alpine stereo, and Racing Dynamics steering wheel & shifter knob.
On the outside, the only modification is a set of tasteful 16" BBS wheels with spacers to push them out further into the arches. I think it's a classic look for these old-school BMWs, though it would be simple enough to rectify if the new owner wanted it to be factory-spec.
Under the hood is a 3.4l straight-six turbo engine, with an upgraded blow-off valve, boost controller, exhaust and tuning chip. Again, these modifications have upped the power from 249hp to 272hp and 350 lb/ft of torque, though they would be easily reverted to factory state if the buyer wished.
With plenty of history and manuals in both English and German, it is listed on eBay with a price just shy of $17,000 - worth every penny if you're a classic BMW lover.