Friday, November 27, 2015

Bracq Friday: 1986 BMW 735i L7 E23

If you are anything like the average American consumer, you've been camped out all night in a beach chair in front of your local mega mart hoping to get an eight percent discount on some piece of electronics that'll be obsolete by the time you reach the checkout stand, which is great because you'll need something to drive home.  That's where DT's Black Friday celebration comes this case, Bracq Friday; a celebration of a French born mustache enthusiast named Paul Bracq who just happened to design a good number of German luxury sedans and the French TGV high speed train.  Find this 1986 BMW 735i L7 E23 here on eBay bidding for $2,995 with 1 day to go, located in Mount Hood Parkdale, OR.

The E23 7-series was released in 1977 as the first BMW to wear the 7XX designation and as a replacement for the aging E3 New Six platform.  The changes were more evolutionary than revolutionary, but the Paul Bracq designed shark nose shape is certainly more modern looking than the New Six, in part because it has a higher beltline, and smaller greenhouse.

The L7 version was an up-market version sold only in the 1986 and 87 model years -- it featured unique leather upholstery, a leather dashboard and door trim, a power moonroof, and most other options as standard.  It retained the same M30B34 inline-6 used the 735i, which was good for 185 horsepower and 210 ft-lbs of torque mated to a 4-speed auto.

See another Paul Bracq classic for cheap?


  1. wow! slim pickings! only one car for black Friday, you must be out with the crowd in the malls! :-) have fun. All the best from the great white (wet at the moment) north.

  2. Special report from the Great White North: the contagion of Black Friday has spread across the border. The stores up here are NUTS today, and it is not even a holiday for us. Damn those marketeers!

    Oh, nice BMW 7-series, but the EBay ad gets the "Worst Photos" award today. Not even one bid yet....

  3. Tha thanks for all the daily work you guys do to bring us DT. I think I'll skip being an American today and leave the mall crawling to the average.

  4. My goodness, I can't believe this car is considered a classic now. A few years ago there were still a fair amount of these still being driven around right?


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