An extended wheelbase E38 750il. The “l” version of the E38 followed over from the same extended E32 and is BMW’s answer to the LWB Jaguar XJ12L and the longer Mercedes S Class – except it’s better than those.
This rare facelift 5.4 l V12 in Orient Blue and upgraded Pearl Beige soft leather from 1999 is, like most, very well specified with electric heated seats front and rear, xenons, double glazing, blinds, chromeline and sat nav.
The extra length is cleverly hidden from the external view and you do sometimes need to look twice to see the difference. Until you open the rear doors and see the expansive legroom available to rear seat passengers.
The photo below also shows the chromeline trim with the cheome door sill plates and the door speaker trim visible.
The rear of a 750il is a fine place to be, but the front is not too bad either. The V12 benefits from extended wood trim on the seat backs, the B posts and around the map and reading lights.
Comfort heated memory seats, sunroof, electrically adjustable steering column, and dual zone air conditioning along with all the usual E38 refinements make driving this car an experience rather than just a journey.
But that experience is further enhanced by the 320 odd bhp and seemingly limitless torque provided by the V12 powerplant giving a combination of effortless, silent, smooth power that genuinely has to be experienced to be appreciated.
This car has covered 141000 miles in the hands of its four previous owners and is MoTd until June 2018.
The advisories on the most recent MoT are minor and have been dealt with or will be dealt with prior to sale.
The 18″ staggered Style 37 M Parallel alloy wheels are shod in mainstream brand tyres (not budget tyres) and are the only wheel of the standard offerings suited to set off this top of the range car.
On the road the car drives well and its handling, braking and roadholding are exactly as you’d expect them to be. Its performance for a 2000kg plus executive car really has to be experienced.
There are some wee bits and pieces of surface corrosion and blemishes in the paintwork commensurate with the age and mileage, but no corrosion needing attention and there has never been corrosion mentioned in the MoT history.
It is recently serviced and has had front suspension arms replaced (all within 1000 miles). There are bits and pieces that could do with attention in time – the perennial E38 fuel tank for instance, but overall, this is a fine example of a very rare, genuine, top of the range plutocrat’s carriage.
It’s not a project car and it’s not a show car. It’s a car that you can use and enjoy and derive further enjoyment from by improving and maintaining.
If that’s not the definition of a classic car, I don’t know what is
Where else but in an E38 can you get all of this for under £2500.