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Jim Rolando
03-18-2011, 07:34 AM
Someone who just started working where I do drives a very nice looking BMW that appears to be an E38 and the badge on the rear is L7. I probably should be asking the 7 series people, but I don't know anyone there.

So, what is special about an L7? Google didn't produce much information. I've never noticed one before.

Youngproexec
03-18-2011, 07:39 AM
Ive seen that before. It looks like a limo almost, due to it being slightly elongated. I believe it was like the highest type of luxury car that bmw made at that time. My friend saw a few in the Uk last summer and took pics with them- he's a bmw freak as well-. I never seen it in the US though ive seen and L6

AnotherGeezer
03-18-2011, 07:42 AM
It's a car for squares man. Totally square.

Can you dig it? :D

fauchpj
03-18-2011, 07:47 AM
Here are some quotes from the E23 and E38 wiki articles:

E23:
The L7 was a more luxurious version of the 735i for the American market only. It featured special leather upholstery with leather dashboard and door padding (rather than wood trim), a power glass Moonroof. and a variety of optional features as standard. All L7 models were built with automatic transmissions and a standard driver's air bag. The L7 was the first BMW sold in North America with a driver's side airbag.

E38:
BMW produced the Stretch Limo L7 after 1997. This car was produced 899 times, and the 750iL was stretched about 10 inches (254 mm). Target markets were the USA, Asia and Arabia.

Youngproexec
03-18-2011, 07:47 AM
hahaha yeah bro I can totally dig it lol

Jim Rolando
03-18-2011, 07:55 AM
HMM. I'm starting to smell $100.00 after shave and camel hair topcoats.

doru
03-18-2011, 08:10 AM
L = long base, as opposed to regular e38.
I don't know of the top of my head how many inches longer the 740iL is over ther "regular" i740 for example.

Jim Rolando
03-18-2011, 08:25 AM
I need to hunt down who owns it and talk to them. Whoever it is has taken really nice care of it.

cn90
03-18-2011, 08:29 AM
I used to have an E23 (Not L7 model), 1983 735i with 5sp MT.
If they still make that car I'd buy it tomorrow.

Fantastic piece of machinery, fun to drive easy to work on.

Josh P.
03-18-2011, 08:43 AM
It was the precursor to the the long wheel base versions of the 740 (iL, later Li) that became a standard model in the 1990s.

I believe the 750L is a V12.

Just Bryce
03-18-2011, 08:48 AM
Here's a pic of my L6 :D

Josh P.
03-18-2011, 08:54 AM
Here's a pic of my L6 :D

Wow that is a rare car. How many miles on it?

edjack
03-18-2011, 09:55 AM
The "L" originally signified a "luxury" version of the car. We had L6s here, which was a 635CSi, with real leather everywhere, and an auto trans. There may have been other accoutrements.

Josh P.
03-18-2011, 09:56 AM
The "L" originally signified a "luxury" version of the car. We had L6s here, which was a 635CSi, with real leather everywhere, and an auto trans. There may have been other accoutrements.

Ah, OK, I stand corrected!

bulldoggg03
03-18-2011, 10:00 AM
Just throwing this out there but talking about rare. The other day i was on the road and out of nowhere comes a 2 door 840i........Never seen one of those before. It was not an L model but being a two door coupe it was LOOOONG. Pretty neat looking to say the least.

Jim Rolando
03-18-2011, 10:12 AM
Oh yeah, I realized that I'm in the wrong business awhile back. There is sometimes a beautiful 850ci sitting in front of the Medical Marijuana shop down the street from me. E31 is what they are? They really are sexy cars. There are two others I've seen in town but this one was incredible, black on black.

Just Bryce
03-18-2011, 10:15 AM
Oh yeah, I realized that I'm in the wrong business awhile back. There is sometimes a beautiful 850ci sitting in front of the Medical Marijuana shop down the street from me. E31 is what they are? They really are sexy cars. There are two others I've seen in town but this one was incredible, black on black.

Nice :thumbup:

edjack
03-18-2011, 10:16 AM
The E31: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_8_Series_(E31)

The V12 didn't sell well, because of the price, and the cost of keeping it running. The car had a reputation (earned or not) for being an electronic nightmare, since it had the most electronic content of any contemporary BMW at the time.

They brought out the 840i, with the 4 liter V8, to lower the cost of ownership.

Jim Rolando
03-18-2011, 10:27 AM
I've always heard that mortal many can't afford to own one of the V12s.

doru
03-18-2011, 10:50 AM
The "L" originally signified a "luxury" version of the car. We had L6s here, which was a 635CSi, with real leather everywhere, and an auto trans. There may have been other accoutrements.

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_7_Series_(E38)#Stretch_Limo_L7):
Stretch Limo L7BMW produced the Stretch Limo L7 after 1997. This car was produced 899 times, and the 750iL was stretched about 10 inches (254 mm). Target markets were the USA, Asia and Arabia.

PropellerHead
03-18-2011, 11:55 AM
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_7_Series_(E38)#Stretch_Limo_L7):
Stretch Limo L7BMW produced the Stretch Limo L7 after 1997. This car was produced 899 times, and the 750iL was stretched about 10 inches (254 mm). Target markets were the USA, Asia and Arabia.Wiki is wrong on that one- sort of. An 'L' at the start of the model (L6, L7) is "Luxury' for the cars marketed as L6, L7 in the 80's. At the end (740iL, etc) it is for long wheel base cars in the late 90's. The E24 L6 and E23 L7's of the 80's were standard wheel base cars.

PropellerHead
03-18-2011, 12:05 PM
The E31: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_8_Series_(E31)

The V12 didn't sell well, because of the price, and the cost of keeping it running. The car had a reputation (earned or not) for being an electronic nightmare, since it had the most electronic content of any contemporary BMW at the time.

They brought out the 840i, with the 4 liter V8, to lower the cost of ownership.The 850 was also the follow on to BMW's flagship coupe, the 635csi. My parents had both a 633 and a 635. My dad just sold his '86 635 a few years ago with 60K miles. My mom's car. She replaced it with a 335 'vert. Not bad for a woman with age 70 in her near future!

Enthusiasts (many of them BMWCCA loyalists) HATED the 850. It was heavy, numb with servotronic steering, and sucked for maintenance as was mentioned. Interestingly, the 805csi was one of the first cars produced by BMW as a sort of 'pre-M.' Since everyone lambasted the thing, they never made an M8, but in an effort to get rid of them, they threw on some badges here and there. They actually did take the time to offer electronic suspension controls and some other bits as well.

They took what they learned there and applied it to the E34 'M540.' The only modern era non-M to be available with factory M badges.

BigCo540i
03-18-2011, 12:25 PM
Alpina L7 Google it.