Thursday, December 19, 2013

2k: Clutch Player: 1990 BMW 735i 5-spd

Walk into a BMW dealer today and ask them to find you a manual transmission 7-series and they will laugh in your face.  Even the mighty 5er is only available with a stick in one configuration; the 540/545/550i series of 6-spds have gone obsolete due to lack of interested buyers.  This wasn't always the case and back in 1990 you get a stick in any one of the models in the BMW showroom, like the 735i.  Find this 1990 BMW 735i  for sale in Almeda, CA for $1,800 via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The 735i was equipped with a narrow set of kidney grills up front (as opposed to the wide-mouth version on the V8/V12 cars) and still looks the part of a classy executive car today.  This one rides on a set of M-System II "throwing star" wheels which only came on the E34 M5 for 2 model years.  This one seems to be riding a bit high in the front, but otherwise looks good in the pics.

The M30B35 big-6 engine puts out 208 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque.  When mated to the 5-speed manual gearbox the big 3800 lb sedan goes from zero to sixty MPH in just over 8 seconds; but it isn't a drag car, it is a cruiser.

The inside of this one shows all 148,000 miles of wear and tear - but getting the leather recovered or swapping in seats from a low mile example won't cost an arm/leg and should repay you when sold.

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1 comment:

  1. Sweet phone! Does it come with the portable shoulder strap battery case?


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