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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

4y ago
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Comments (36)

  • As a former card carrying BMW Fanatic, the E38 is best in its short, 4.4 liter V8 740i or 740i Sport form. Unless you're planning to take up a career as a chauffeur, the extra inches in the back doors makes the car look unbalanced. The V12, while being a good enough engine, was the biggest problem from day one. The same V12 used in the 850csi, with fewer electrical bits, and less complexity didn't not come with enough improvements to offset the negatives. The E38 took many design cues from the E34 (my personal favorite), and slapped them on a photocopier with about a 25% enlargement, even though some will claim a relationship between the E39 and the E38. The E38 in any configuration is an exercise in compromise. Any of the V8 powered E38s have the ZF 5HP24 transmission which is an abomination, made of spit and kleenex, and any of the V12 powered cars have the V12 with it's overly complex wiring and multiple engine management systems as well as routine maintenance costs that can quickly outpace the car's value. So, the perfect E38 would be to start with the 740i Sport, and convert it to the E39's glorious 6-Speed manual. This would be an E38 that would last and be a complete joy to own. Oh, and I should be considered one of those people that believe that Chris Bangle should be publicly stoned, and tarred and feathered for what he did to the styling of BMWs.

      4 years ago
  • Save!

      4 years ago
  • I would have one in a blink of an eye if the tax in the country I'll live starting next year wouldn't be so damn high... 5.4l of displacement means close to 2000 euro per year in taxes alone... The 3l would still be around 700. I love this body style. It is one of my faves.

      4 years ago
  • But when all is said and done, it's also a Bond car... How much is a white Esprit S1 worth nowadays? 10 years ago you could pick them up for pence.

      4 years ago
    • Very true, one of the better choices for a Bond car if I do remember

        4 years ago
  • Save it !! I always think of the 1997 film "Tomorrow Never Dies" when I see that shape.

      4 years ago
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