I hate the term, “future classic”, and I’m of the view that the E38 iteration of BMW’s 7 series flagship will eventually take the same position in the classic car world as the E23 and E32 that preceded it – namely respected and admired by those who know how good it is, but otherwise ignored, unloved and close to extinction.
Which is a great shame because I really don’t think that there is a better car you can buy for under £3000, and once you’ve experienced a good E38 – which along with its sister five series, the E39, was undoubtedly the pinnacle of BMW’s period as an exclusive, niche manufacturer – you’ll not need or want another car.
This is a facelift 735i from close to the end of the production run. In Royal Red with Individual Pearl Beige interior and Anthracite carpet with black door cappings and parcel shelf, it’s a very rare and attractive combination. The interior, helped in no small measure by the rare glass sunroof, is very light, spacious and airy in comparison to the “closed in” feeling of the cars trimmed in black, but, at the same time, the Anthracite carpets provide a welcome contrast.
Most 735is tend to suffer from a slightly lowly specification (well for an E38) but in addition to the normal leather electric memory front seats, climate control, cruise control, illuminated door handles etc., etc., this one has a number of extras usually found on the larger engined variants:-
Individual with Pearl Beige Montana leather I with Anthracite carpet and black door cappings
power folding door mirrors
widescreen 16:9 sat nav and reversing camera
third rear headrest and diagonal seat belt – as opposed to lap belt
electrically adjustable memory steering column
electrically operated rear sun blind
xenon lights and headlamp washers
working Motorola phone
With three owners in its sixteen years and having covered approximately 150000 miles, it is in perfect running and driving order and exemplifies how good a car an E38 is.
The 3.5 litre V8 has more than enough power for this two ton car and while the 4.4 V8 or the V12 provide an extra level, realistically if this is too slow for you, then you’re driving dangerously.
Is not all about raw power anyway. It’s about effortless progress in comfort and this car has the ability to provide that and still return not unreasonable fuel consumption figures thanks to the later, more efficient engine management system. And you get that V8 noise too.
Recent control arms and suspension bushes ensure that there is no 55mph shimmy, a filter and fluid change service and replacement torque converter deals with the gearbox and there is a full service history.
The bodywork is in good rust free order and commensurate with a well maintained prestige car of this age and mileage.
The car will have a full 12 months MoT and a look at the MoT history online shows that this car has obviously been extremely well looked after with only very minor issues and no repeated advisories.
Please enquire if there is anything else you need to know.
We’ll consider any older BMW or other classic car in p/x, but no moderns please.