Thursday, October 30, 2014

1k: Cheapy23: 1981 BMW 733i

 Former Iron Chef and current Croc(tm) enthusiast "Molto" Mario Batali once said: Just because you eat doesn't mean you eat smart. It's hard to beat a $1.99 wing pack of three at a fast-food restaurant - it's so cheap - but that wing pack isn't feeding anyone, it's just pushing hunger back an hour.  Mario could have been talking about cars, because sometimes a cheap car only pushes the need to ride the bus back a few hours.  Like this 1981 BMW 733i with a busted fuel pump offered for $650 in Spokane, WA via craigslist.  Tip from Oldsmobuick.




The e23 generation BMW 7-series sedan was the first uber-sedan labeled as 7 and is as stately and cool today as it was from 1977 to 1986.  The 735i model was powered by an inline 6 cylinder engine and boasted some serious gadgets and sophistication for the era, but was not available with manual transmission on this side of the Atlantic.   


This one is described as pretty darn straight from the owner and if it is only a fuel pump away from being driven on the road, it could be a nice find for $650.  The M30B32 inline-6 is good for 176 horspower and 188 ft-lbs of torque, so the entire 3600 lb package shouldn't be too bad to drive.  Fix the fuel pump, air up the tire, give it a bath and enjoy.


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*Croc is a registered trademark of the company that makes plastic shoes.  Mario Batalli is known to wear them everywhere, but my EMT friend says they are popular with medical staff because you can wash the puke/blood out/off of them easily.  Eww.

12 comments:

  1. Except the holes make for damp socks after an encounter with said bodily fluids.

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    1. Maybe the socks are the problem? (from the dad of a paramedic)

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  2. And the car is the color of bloody puke!

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    1. OK, Ebola, catchy (see what I did there?) biohazardous nom de guerre notwithstanding I'm the guy who handles the meatsack color matching round these parts. I say liver. It's liver. Google up images for "internal organ colors" and check it.

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    2. kaibeezy is right, if it were a shade darker, it'd be kidney, but as is, gotta be liver.

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    3. Why am I getting hungry all of a sudden....?

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    4. Come on over. I've got some fava beans and chianti.

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  3. No real man wears "crocs tm " . Period. Conveniently no real man drives a slushbox. Ergo this opportunity of a car will not be available to a "real" man

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    1. i beg to differ - crocs are useful for said messy work, mucking out the chicken coop comes to mind, also from car to beach and back - slushbox, however, i concur, with exception for certain useful barges and other roadgoing watercraft, roadmaster for example

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  4. I'm not sure to which side of the Atlantic you're referring (South of it, perhaps?) because these were very available in the states with 3 pedals. So were E32 535is. No 7 beyond that offered a stick, though.

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  5. Fleetwood T. BroughamOctober 31, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    If I'm being picky SlowBoy, the 1988 (one year only) 735i was available in a stick, but I'm assuming that's what you meant, and putting "535" after e32 was a typo.

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