My 1989 750iL

Vital stats:

Model Year
Build Date: ?
750iL (long wheelbase)
Paint Color
Bronzit Mettalic
Tan leather interior with power adjustable & heated seats.
5.0l V12, 2 valves per cylinder
ZF HP-24 4-speed automatic overdrive with lockup torque convertor and sport mode
Rear Axle
BMW 3.00:1 axle ratio, open differential, Load levelling suspension
16x8 BMW Touring replicas
Pirelli P7000 Supersports 245/50R/16
4 wheel disk, ABS
Long Wheelbase

Power Steering

Power Brakes (Front/Rear discs)

Elipsoid headlights with washer jets

AM-FM-cassete anti-theft radio with 6-disc CD changer

Cell Phone with hands-free operation

Air Conditioning

Trip computer

Sports Console

Alarm & antitheft system

Driver's airbag

Power sunroof

Engine: M70 SOHC V12
305 Cubic Inches (5.0 liters)
Bore and Stroke
3.31" x 2.95" 84mm x75mm
300 Hp @ 5200 rpm
332 lb/ft @ 3900 rpm
Fuel Delivery
Bosch drive by wire fuel injection (dual circuits with limp home so the engine could run as a six-cylinder if need arose)
Compression Ratio
8.9 : 1
Fuel 87 octane unleaded
Exhaust System
Cast iron manifolds, dual catalysts, single exhaust
Valve Gear
Single overhead camshaft with hydraulic, maintenance free valve followers
Dual electronic


0-60 7.1 seconds
Top Speed 165 mph
Fuel Mileage
22 mpg at 80mph on the interstate.

I bought the car in 1998 from Silvey Motors in Austin.  It had 88,000 miles on it and drove it up to 104,000 miles.  I was second owner, and loved the car, but because of the sunroof, it did not have enough headroom for a 6'7" tall man.

This was BMWs top of the line in 1989, with a new sales price of over $65,000

Noone believed this car is a 1989. The paint was glossy with a deep shine, and the loudest sound you hear

while driving is the leather interior.

There is a door ding on the passenger rear door. That's it.

I ended up selling the car on Ebay in 1999.  I picked the new owner and his son up at the new Austin Airport, and they drove it back to California and I know nothing of it since then.  I accepted a Visa/Master Card payment for the car.

Sputnik with its stock factory 15 x 7" stock wheels

Page edited 5 June 1999