This BMW 750il could be the V12 money pit missing from your life
This V12 BMW E38 could be the perfect example of the German Luxo-barge if you have the cash to keep it running
The BMW 7-Series E38 is a car that was somewhat overshadowed by its successor the E65 in almost every single area, except for one crucial and very obvious one, the way it looks.
When BMW first showed the upcoming E65 to the world, there was a mix of shock and awe at the looks of the thing. The result of all this shock and awe was that buyers rushed to dealerships to but the outgoing and vastly better looking E38 model.
This E38 750il V12 was the flagship model back in the year 2000, and now it can be yours for the low sum of just £9,500.
Featuring BMW’s immense 5.4-litre V12 motor, which was good for 326bhp and a fairly hefty 361lb-ft of torque. All of this power somehow managed to propel this mammoth 2,048kg car to 60mph in 6.5 seconds onwards to a top speed of 155mph.
This example has covered just 70,000 miles in its 17-year lifespan which is barely even stretching the legs of the twelve-cylinder motor. It comes complete with a full-service history which is where the scary numbers start.
The auction listing confirms that in 2006, this BMW cost the owner £15,000 alone for unspecified work. In 2016 the owner shelled out a further £3,600 on top of the normal yearly maintenance.
As you would expect for a car of this mileage, it is in excellent condition and comes in a desirable colour with the period correct M-Parallel wheels and clear light lenses.
Being the long wheelbase model, it can easily seat the tallest of passengers in comfort with space to spare, assuming the V12 holds together without hitting you with another massive bill.
One important thing to remember is that one day there will be hardly any of these left as they will all be dead or in museums which is pretty much the same thing as the V12 gradually becomes extinct in the face of ever-tightening emissions regulations.
So, is this mint Germanic V12 uber barge worth saving? Or is it a bullet best dodged with all those potential money pit bills? Let us know in the comments or in the DriveTribe #classics chat
The auction listing for this BMW 750il can be found here.