|December 13, 2017 8:15 am||Auction started|
The BMW 7 Series…truly the definition of a flagship model lineup for an automaker. The e23 was the first generation 7 Series, produced from 1977 through 1987 as a replacement for the outgoing e3 sedans of the prior decade. BMW uses the 7 Series as a flagship should, giving it the first and most advanced innovations that eventually waterfall their way down to the lower models. It was the first to have an on-board computer for diagnostics, air-bags (starting in 1985), and ABS brakes. All e23 7 Series models, with the exception of the 745i, were built with the 12-valve M30 6-cylinder that was used in the prior generation E models.
The 733i was produced from 1976-1982 with an original MSRP of about $36,000. That’s about $90,000 in today’s dollars, noting that not much has changed in how BMW values their top of the line models. The 733i would carry the 3-speed automatic until 1984, and some manual transmissions were made that are still floating around. These cars were engineered with luxury and longevity in mind. BMW would produce more than 285,000 units of the e23 7 Series before replacing it with the E32 in late 1987. Many owners (current and prior) note driving these for well over 300k miles with regular maintenance.
Today we present to you a revitalized, not restored, original 1983 BMW 733i. It comes to us from an experienced seller and owner of vintage cars. He is also the owner of M and B detailing, but admittedly the company name doesn’t give their complete line of work justice. And in fact, it severely undercuts what they can and actually do. Detailing is professionally cleaning a car, inside and out. Some are better than others at it, some are more thorough. These guys are both, better and more thorough. But that’s only about 10% of what they do.
The real work lies in what we like to call, “revitalization” – more than just steam cleaning carpets and conditioning seats. It’s transforming a classic/vintage vehicle to as close to new as possible without actually restoring it. Restorations are great, but they also lose the originality once you begin. Revitalization is the best of the in-between, near new presentation and originality retained without loss of character. Study the before and after pictures in the story of this 733i to better understand what we mean.
The original Baltic Blue paint remains intact. The exterior was professionally cleaned and the paint and glass were all coated with an IGL Quartz ceramic coating to bring life back into it. It is original, not restored or painted over, and the seller reports there is minor fading in a few spots, and noted some minor rust spotting at the bottom of the fenders. There is visible damage to the lower right rear quarter panel. All the emblems and chrome were professionally cleaned and present quite nicely. The bumpers show a little fading but nothing extensive for the age of the car. The headlights are clear as is all the glass.
The seller replaced the original wheels with a set of period correct BBS Mahle wheels they refinished. Wheels were chemically stripped of their original finish, the lips were polished, and then repainted. They were then cured properly and new BMW center caps were added. They are wrapped in new 225/60/14 BF Goodrich Radial T/As.
Inside this 35 year old BMW feels like it did when new. The sellers removed the seats and refinished the leather to bring it to its current state. While out, they thoroughly steam cleaned the inside and the carpets. The seller also professionally refinished the original wood grain and re-stained it to a beautiful red cherry finish. All appears as original, no switches or knobs appear to be missing. No excessive wear can be seen and it presents very well given the age.
Within the last year, the seller has replaced the head gaskets, had the head rebuilt, replaced the timing chain guides and installed new tires. The seller can provide receipts dating back to 2011 on various items and totaling over $6,000. As stated earlier, the seats were re-dyed and conditioned, the paint was brought back to life and coated, the entire inside and outside have been professionally detailed. The seller is the owner of a restoration shop specializing in exactly what you see here…classic German awesomeness. You don’t think all 35 year old cars look this good on their own do you?
Known issues include minor rust at the fender bottoms, the SI board needs to be replaced (speedo doesn’t function), A/C is not working, small damage to rear quarter panel and the radio is intermittent.
Rather than us trying to capture our thoughts…here are the exact words from the Seller. “This car has been an incredible daily. It turns heads anywhere it is taken, as none others like it exist. It’s a fantastic example of the longevity of BMWs, one that really proves the saying that “if you take care of an old BMW, it will take care of you”. It’s a time capsule, I made sure to keep it as such with all of the additions I made to it. It truly is a blast to the past, from the time you open the door and hear the mechanical latch give way, to the roar of the m30 either down the highway or carving its way through back roads. The car handles phenomenally – not just for its age, but period. You’re very well connected to both it and the road, it’s a very responsive car; for each input, it swiftly reciprocates. It isn’t so much like you’re just existing, on a mundane A-B commute, as you would find in many new cars, but this e23 makes for a pleasant experience, it makes an adventure of even a trip to the market. You have a very good sense of whats going on around you as well as what the car is doing while driving it, making it an authentic example of the ultimate driving machine.”
Well said…the production volume count may have been high for the 7 series, but we don’t see many ever present in this condition when original. This 733i is being offered with a low reserve, and a clean, clear title in the seller’s name. Please remember that partial proceeds from the sale of this BMW will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
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