Sunday, December 14, 2014

5k: E23 Manual: 1979 BMW 733i

The E23 generation BMW 7-series was released in 1977 as a replacement for the aging E3 generation "New Six" which was badged based on engine displacement.  The 7-series further cemented BMWs legacy as a builder of fast Q-ships and its shark nose styling can be attributed to our favorite mustache enthusiast and car designer -- Paul Bracq.  Find this 1979 BMW 733i offered here on craigslist for $3,000 in Louisville, KY.  Tip from FuelTruck.

This 7-series look like any of dozens of inexpensive older luxury sedans that cost more in yearly maintenance then buy-in price...but...this one comes with a big surprise under your left foot.  A clutch pedal.  Yeah. This is the elusive and desirable manual transmission equipped 7-series.  

The engine under the hood is an M30B32 inline-6 that pushes out 177 horsepower and 196 ft-lbs of torque from 3.2 liters.  This engine is a direct descendant of the M30 that was released in 1968, but by 1979 it offered fuel injection and a decent bump in power.

Inside this 7-series you will find nice leather seats, a huge steering wheel, and a four speed shifter.  Four gears may not seem like much in the days of 7-speed manuals and 9-speed autos, but the old fashioned H pattern is all you need for a simple city commuter.

See another classic luxury cruiser with 4-speeds?


  1. That link is to craigslist Portland, OR

    this is the correct link

    1. Hugh,
      Yes, you are correct. Fixed the post.
      DT E-i-C

  2. These were nice cars, but just a tad lacking in personality next to their 5-series brethren, and I'm guessing that these days thirty Benjamins will get you an E28 533i or 535i with broader third-party support, later generation engine controls, 25 more HP and another gear.

    Age is compressing the price differentials on these cars to the point that the difference between an E28, an E34, and an E39 isn't much more than a set of shocks. You can throw the E32 and E38 in the mix too if you've got long-legged relatives.

    1. Just to continue the thought a little further - you buy an E3 because you want an E3, an E9 because you want an E9, an E12 because you want an E12 because the E28 is cheap and better than any of those as a car.

      You may buy an E28 because you want an E28, but it's also a usable car and cheap. E32s and E34s and now E38s and E39s are desirable enough, but cheap too.

      The E24 is not memorable enough to make the first list, ergo there's really no reason to buy one in preference to an E32 or E34.

  3. This was my car. It ended up going to Chicago. This car was such a good car. The 4 speed was fun and would run about 3k rpms at 70mph so the highway was never a problem. The original paint was almost perfect and driving it was like being an on land ship captain. Would love to get another one.


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