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1981 BMW 7-Series

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1981 BMW 7-Series for sale

Current customer rating: current rating for this car(2.15) based on 455 votes

All original paint. interior and mechanical. The mileage is correct and verifiable.   Very minor scratches on exterior paint.   No cracks in dash.

The following text is mostly from direct quotes from an article from BRING A TRAILER (BAT) posted on March 7. 2011.  I have changed the text to reflect updated information on the car.

This 1981 BMW 745i was purchased by an airline pilot in 1982 when it had less than 5000 miles.   The interior is original with no tears.   There is one small crack 1/10” in the bead trim on the driver's side seat.

According to BAT. a previous seller in California always kept the car under a cover and the story goes that it was purchased from one Ferdinand Marcos' bodyguards that brought the car in from the Phillippines.   The car has seen no accidents. was well stored and maintained. and there is no rust on the body or chasis.   Some small brackets do have surface rust. It starts and runs well. the turbo works as it should (laggy until about 3500rmp). and the automatic transmission shifts great. It is in good driveable condition.  

The interior is just about mint condition with the period correct Blaupunkt stereo controller. The radio works about 30% of the time. and the cassette player works good.   A non-smoker interior. there are also zero tears in the seats. all the window controllers and sunroof work as well. The radio antennae lowers and raises with an electric motor. but does not lower the ant3ennae all the way down flush.

The car has had the fuel. cooling system. and turbo setup fully gone thru by a BMW Master Tech at the end of 2010.   A new valve cover gasket and many other parts were also freshened up.  The fuel system was drained. tank removed. cleaned. new rubber lines. injectors rebuilt/flow tested @Cody Motorsports in Georgia. The cooling system received a new BMW radiator. t-stat. hoses. fluid. and more. An oil/filter change and new valve cover gasket were done. and the turbo wastegate was removed and tested and the turbo inspected and works fine. Finally. a distributor cap. rotor. wires. and plugs were added.   The car was a grey market import that was BAR approved with the old style metal sticker for California use with an air pump and cat installed in 1982.   This was the 2nd turbo production car made by BMW. the 1st large 7 series sedan. and certainly a piece of history in great condition.

It has a beautiful new Nardi steering wheel. and new wheels with part numbers that match the model parts list with the same spare in the trunk. The rear spoiler is original BMW and was installed and painted with a perfect match color about 2014.    The air conditioner blows cold.

There is a crack in the front left side reflector lense.   The rear seat arm rest contains the original emergency blanket.   The hood has a new insulation liner. and the trunk is clean.

Other items included with the car are genuine wool front seat covers. indoor cover. manuals. old receipts. touch-up paint. miscellaneous parts and coco floor mats. Michilin tires have about 1. 00 miles on them.   Updated 1984 head installed (original is included).   As a bonus you get an old BBS rear spoiler and BBS front spoiler. (These came on the car when I bought it. but In my opinion. these are not good fits for this car. )   The brake system has a slight leak. which leaves a nickel size drop on the garage floor occasionally.   I just check the brake fluid about once every couple of months.

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