Friday, December 05, 2014

The World's Fastest Cars (5): BMW 750iL

I've told this story a million times, but I'll tell it again. It's the late 1980s, maybe 1990, and I'm spending the summer with my father in Japan. This summer, his underworld friend offered him a job as a nightclub manager in the beach resort town of Atami. Because I can't speak Japanese, but I still wanted to earn money for my first car, my dad got me a job at a bento delivery joint. I worked in a HOT kitchen with around half a dozen sweet old ladies. It was an assembly line, and we put various entrees and sides neatly into bento lunch boxes, which were then delivered by moped all over the town. The problem was, I was an American teenager with no dexterity. The boxes I prepared were always messy and I suspect the owner got a lot of complaints from customers. Nevertheless, I got paid generously for a summer's work.

Anyway, back to the BMW. The nightclub owner had two brand new cars, a black on black BMW 750iL and a black on black Fairlady Twin Turbo. He let his girlfriend drive the Nissan. I remember him taking my dad and me out onto the street where the big Bimmer was parked. He sat us inside and showed us every feature it was equipped with. Even at a standstill, the car felt like a friggin' tank. For a brief moment, I wanted to be a nightclub owner. I also wanted to date his hot girlfriend.

From my book:

  • $70,000 MSRP, $1,850 gas guzzlers tax;
  • BMW offered the V12 because it got word that Mercedes was also going to offer a V12;
  • it has a better power-to-weight ratio than the M3 and the M5, but not the M6. 
So Edvin, how's that E32 project of yours?


Sanchez said...

My dad used to have BMW 735i E32 with manual gearbox in the beginning of 90's. Pretty sure it was one of the first if not the first BMWs which appeared in town after USSR collapse. Supposedly I was telling my dad to overtake every car I saw on the road and he was glad to because the car was fast. But I have no memory of this because I was too little.

Maxichamp said...

@Sanchez: That is an incredible story. Thank you.

Edvin said...

Surprised to see a luxury car on the list, but cool nevertheless!

Thanks for the mention. However, as is evident from my blog, progress is.. well, nonexistent. I haven't given up yet tho! I just need stumble upon a heap of spare time and an even bigger heap of motivation. Oh and I guess money would help too... :) I'll get around to it eventually.