Only four keepers from new, and only two since 2002
Invoices totalling thousands of pounds
Top of the range 5.4-litre V12 engine
One of the most comprehensively-specified cars we have seen – whatever extras this car doesn’t have aren’t worth having
BMW stamped service history till 63935 in 2015 and only approx 12000 miles covered in the last 7 years
BMW’s reputation for high-quality construction and engineering is well-deserved, but there have been few better examples of it than the 7 Series of 1994-2001.
The flagship of the BMW fleet started with the ‘basic’ 728i, a sharp and luxurious car in its own right, but, with a choice of wheelbases, engines and other options, you could really go to town and end up with a BMW to rival any Rolls-Royce or Bentley.
The top of the line model was the 750iL (‘L’ for long-wheelbase) with its 5.4-litre V12, a prodigious but civilised motor producing 322bhp. Although not strictly a limousine in coachbuilding terms due to the absence of an interior partition, it is a limousine to all intents and purposes, with as much legroom afforded to the rear passengers as to the front ones.
It was always intended as a car for BMW’s most valued clients, with the expectation that they would have a chauffeur to drive them while they reclined in the sumptuous rear.
Of course, the 750iL, being essentially a road-going version of a luxury ocean liner, was very expensive when new – over £80,000, in fact – and sold only in very limited numbers, so it was rare then and is rarer still today.
It also belongs to the very exclusive pantheon of Bond cars; Pierce Brosnan’s 007 drove a gadget-laden 750iL (actually a 740iL in disguise) in Tomorrow Never Dies. It is still very modern in both its appearance and its appointments, so it remains an ideal car for any high-flying captain of industry.
This example is a remarkable survivor, presenting in very well-preserved original condition having been looked after by just four owners from new. The most impressive point, though, is the extraordinarily long list of extras with which it was specified.
Front and rear telephones, picnic tables, headrest mirrors, window blinds and more, there can be no better way to experience luxury travel than in this exceptional BMW.
The History and Paperwork
Constructed by BMW in June 1999 in Royal Red Metallic with a Sand Beige interior
Originally registered in Reading in July 1999 to BMW
Sold through Derek Woodman BMW of Blackpool to previous owner Mr. Sukhjiwan Hargun of Walsall in September 2002
Acquired by the fourth and present owner in August 2013
Paperwork includes the current V5, the original BMW owner’s wallet containing the Owner’s Handbook, Service Booklet and much more, a collection of tax discs going back many years, 18 MoT certificates dating back to 2002, and a large collection of invoices totalling thousands of pounds
Highly original, with Sand Beige leather in excellent condition
Cornucopia of luxuries includes picnic tables, window blinds, headrest mirrors, telephones and much more
Everything understood to be in full working order
Sumptuous beige leather is perhaps to be expected in a high-end BMW, but that’s only the beginning where this 750 is concerned.
We’ll briefly mention the soft carpets, rich walnut trim and great expanse of legroom, but what we’re really keen to impress on you is just how well-specified this car is.
We’re not sure that we’ve yet come across a car so overflowing with little luxuries as this is, viz.:
Heated front and rear seats
Satellite navigation system and analogue television
Front and rear GSM telephones
Dual-zone air conditioning/climate control
Electric memory front and rear seats
Electric memory steering column
Multi-function steering wheel
Front and rear centre armrests
Rear reading lights in C-pillars
Mirrors and lights in front-seat headrests
Rear picnic tables
Professional hi-fi system and six-CD player
Electric blind for rear screen and manual blinds for rear side-windows
Walnut trim with inlay
What more could you possibly want? Now that you’re in awe of the specification, you’ll be wanting to know that it’s all in good order.
The original leather is in excellent condition, having mellowed nicely without acquiring any real wear.
The delightfully soft red over mats which match the Royal Red exterior very nicely and, being as new, are still of a very rich hue with no marks that we could see. The headlining is in excellent order while all the door trims present very well.
The dash, steering wheel and centre console are likewise in superb order. We would draw particular attention to the walnut trim for its wonderful patterned inlay, the sort of thing more typically encountered on a valuable antique sideboard than in a car of the 1990s, and we hope you will appreciate the subtle visual effect of this delicate process.
You will, of course, be wanting to know about all the gadgetry, and we are advised by the vendor that it all remains in full working order, which is most impressive, though we must make an exception for the television as it was made to receive analogue signals, which are no longer broadcast.
We have seen that the radio, satellite-navigation and courtesy lights all work.
The boot is wonderfully clean inside and, as well as a spare wheel in good condition, you will find that rare thing, a full, complete, original toolkit.
Original Royal Red Metallic paint
Electric sunroof and electric memory mirrors
Attractively dressed up with 18in M Parallel sport wheels
Still resplendent in its original paint, the Royal Red has the hue and glint of a ruby, which is appropriate for what was the crown jewel in BMW’s range.
It presents today as one would expect from a 23-year-old car which has been in regular use but, at the same time, well cared-for. That is to say that it’s superb all over.
The paint is almost unblemished, with such marks as there are being so light that we are sure they could be removed with little effort required.
There are some very light marks and scrapes on the plastic bumper strips, but they have fared much better than most at 23 years old. The chrome is also very nice and difficult to fault. The front and rear windscreen glass is in excellent condition. The same can be said for the driver's and passenger's side window glass.
The 18 inch M Parallel wheels are another extra which suit the 750 extremely well. They appear in excellent condition.
MoT until November
Much recent expenditure including new radiator and refurbished fuel tank
Starts, runs and drives like a dream
Relatively low mileage on an engine that is well known for comfortably doing in excess of 150,000 miles
Even at almost a quarter of a century old, we believe this BMW will perform in such a way that puts many much newer saloons to shame.
Although electronically limited to 155mph, with 322bhp on tap from its splendid V12, it will get there quickly. Better still, it will get there smoothly and quietly, too, thanks to its five-speed automatic transmission, near-silent running and excellent soundproofing.
It fires up immediately and seems easy to manoeuvre, with the power steering obviously being a big help, while the brakes work well. At its last MoT in November 2021, it passed with just a few advisories, as follows:
Nearside brake pipes corroded but coated in protective grease
Nearside front oil leak, but not excessive
The good condition of the car is down to the fact that it has never been neglected, with money always spent on it when necessary.
The last full BMW specialist service was in 2015, some 12,000 miles ago, but since then much work has been undertaken to keep the 750 in good health. It was most recently serviced in 2020, just 800 miles ago, by Martins Motors in London NW2.
New suspension arms and tie rods have been fitted within the last 10 years, and in 2017 the rear lower ball joints were renewed, along with the centre steering rod, and the rear brake discs were stripped and overhauled.
A new radiator was fitted in 2018, followed by extensive work in 2019 which included refurbishment of the fuel tank, a new offside rear top suspension arm, new rear brake hoses and a fresh coat of Waxoyl underneath.
We very much expect the BMW will sail through its next MoT, and see no reason why it shouldn’t remain in regular use as a modern classic which can be used every day.
As luxury cars go, this BMW 750iL will blow most others out the water, and it makes a lot of sense for the person who wants all the comfort and dignity associated with a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley, without the attention they tend to attract.
This car presents supremely well in largely original condition. It has only minimal signs of age and the fact its various gadgets remain in full working order is very much to BMW’s credit.
In excellent mechanical health, it promises to be an eminently usable modern classic whether around town or on the motorways, and, once you’ve got a taste for its luxury, you probably won’t want to go back to anything else.
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1999 BMW 750iL
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