Ownership Diary - BMW E38 750i Individual & E38 750iL

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    I'm lucky enough to have acquired two V12 BMWs in the past two days

    The first is an E38 750i Individual, in Oxford Green Metallic with Mustard Comfort Seats

    The second is an E38 750iL in Sorrentbleau Metallic with Sand Beige Comfort Seats

    The plan is to bring both up to scratch and then enjoy them.

    After they have been restored I may part with the 750iL, however I plan to keep the SWB as it has my favourite colour combination and is a real credit to its former owner, who has numerous cars including a Ferrari California, Mercedes C63 First Edition, Nissan GTR in his garage.

    I brought the 750i to my Unit today and took some pics....it looks even better in the flesh....

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    That is one hell of a spec even by today’s standards. I can see a few bits to do, but it looks like a great starting point.
     
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    Spec details of the 750iL and some pics taken earlier today of the V12 twins

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    It really is a well specced example.

    There aren't many 750i Individuals left and I feel very lucky to be on my second one, maintaining and driving it will be a privilege.

    There are a few minor bits, as you say. Looking forward to restoring her 100%.

    The green topped full leather dash is and the ride is silky smooth. The M73TUB 5.4 V12 turbine like engine has been maintained very well and will be having a fresh service of all major fluids.



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    Sorrentbleau really pops [​IMG]

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    Love the E38's - they have aged extremely gracefully and are not that big in comparison to modern cars.

    A mate has sold his two 750i's - the lwb one went locally whilst the swb Biarritz Blue one went to a employee at McClaren - apparently they all drive 80's 90's classics as daily drivers!
     
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    They certainly have, and there are a lot more decent E38s around than E39s nowadays I find.

    LWBs are definitely more common, however they are all becoming increasingly rare. I'm on my 4th one, and have only ever had the V8s or V12s - they are really special and modern cars simply cannot compare unless you spend £100k on one

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    A bottle of this stuff arrived today.... after reading lots of positive comments about Gliptone it will be interesting to see the results this weekend.[​IMG]

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    Would love a 750iL. Fuel tank horror stories put me off though

    Enjoy


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    All 3 have their tanks replaced, thankfully.
    With a car of this age, I guess maintenance like that comes with the territory.

    I was driving the E38 750iL in Vermont Green today, it has 203k on the clock and the leather and paint looks 50k fresh. The gear changes are smooth and the current owner has pampered it for 18 years. I had a double glazed window fitted today, and it's tinted, looks the business.

    It amazes me how over-engineered these cars are and how well they have stood the test of time. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Been a while since I updated this thread with E38 goings on....

    The 750iL in Sorrentbleu is now sold, going to an enthusiast in Lincolnshire. It was a lovely car but he made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

    The 750i is going well. After replacing the fuel filter, I got a replacement set of fuel pipes ordered from BMW to sort the fuel delivery, which was a bit lumpy, and the drive has definitely improved.

    I have recently vacated my industrial unit after a year, so currently looking for another place. So took this as the last shot of the twin V12s before I left a few days ago.

    Every drive in the 750i feels special, it really is a fantastic piece of machinery. The engine is solid, going in for a plug change today as it has been hesitant at around 3K RPM. Apparently plugs 4 and 8 are a real pain to access and therefore aren't changed often, if at all with these V12s.

    Next to sort is the sound system. Over the years the speakers have clearly blown and the DSP amp appears to be on the blink. So I'm currently researching alternative audio setup options.

    Hope you're all well and have a great Xmas & New Year![​IMG]

    Current:
    E60 530D Sapphire Black
    E38 750i Individual | Oxford Green
    Volvo V70 D5
    Ford Probe 2.5 V6
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    Why’s the unit gone
    And what happens now...?
    Interested to hear your upcoming news..


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    In short, it was leaking.... badly.
    The recent wet weather led to a hallway ceiling collapse and we had a number of repair issues and had the landlords refusing to sort... so exercised a break clause. Plus the place was far too big for pur requirements over the year. Rates alone were almost 30k!

    The prospect of running the building with full financial responsibility for repairs was far too risky for the business.

    I learnt a hell of alot Over the past year and will be moving to a smaller new premises, concentrating on 80s, 90s & 00s cars only. I developed a retro classics collection under the business, so have branched off under a new company to focus on this, alone.

    The other business will continue from another location, with my involvement in it purely directorial.

    So looking forward to starting 2020 repurposed and positive, indulging my passion of this era of cars. Onwards and upwards.

    Logo for the new Co below the outline is of an E31.[​IMG]

    Current:
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    E38 750i Individual | Oxford Green
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    Cracking info there.. thanks
    I wish you every success... you clearly are determined... good luck for 2020.. and onwards..
    Best regds
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    Thanks Al

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    Most welcome Ed

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