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Having craved a v12 since I got my license, I bought this 1994 Calypso 750iL. Call me mad but I bought it online without seeing it!!
I will add the spec list and more details when it arrives home later this week
I'm in Northern Ireland, the car is in England, it is being picked up by a transport company tomorrow

 

Model: GC82 750IAL

Colour: 252 Calypso Red 

Upholstery: 0458 Silver Grey Full Leather

Extras:

240 * Drivers Airbag

302 * Remote Control Anti-Theft

428 * Triangle+First Aid Kit

489 * Passenger Lumbar Support 

496 * Rear Seat Heating

672 * BMW Bavaria 6 CD Changer 

865 * Tables + Footrests

293 * TD Alloy Wheels+Tyres

401 * Electric Sliding Roof

488 * Driver Lumbar Support 

494 * Front Seat Heating

662 * BMW Bavaria Professional Radi

812 * GB Specification 

676 * BMW Hi - Fi Speaker System 

 

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Plans are

  • Change all ambers to clear lenses
  • Install smoked front lenses ?
  • Black front grill
  • Dove Grey Sport Seats
  • lower suspension, bilstein and eibach possibly ?
  • New wheels. I have an album of possibilities, but I'm thinking e38 parallels for now with low profile tyres
  • Install some sort of tuning chip 
  • Most importantly, carry out any repairs including body repairs


I would appreciate any advice/suggestions as I am more of an e38 and e39 guy. I have never owned an e32 before and they are extremely rare over here

Thanks for looking,

Steve

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11 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

Love it but please don't do the indicators, black grille etc looks spot on as it is!

 

This.  I wouldn't go for the M Parallels either.  Don't get me wrong - they are one of the nicest wheels BMW produced, and look great on an E38, E39 or even a late E34 - but somehow don't look right on an E32.  The wheels on it are nice, and they suit the car - but being metric they are a pain to get tyres for.  17" Style 5s would look good on it combined with a slight drop I'd say.

 

Lovely car.  I'm insanely jealous!

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My caveat on the suspension was its supposed to be a wafty barge, i think changing the suspension would be detrimental to the character.
 

Sports seats if you want, tidy any blemishes and fix any foibles but basically i would service it enjoy it as it is.

 

But of course that's my opinion and its your car!

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That is lovely!  Hopefully as good as it looks in the pics when you get it. 

 

I'd also personally leave as is and enjoy it as it was intended to be.  If you do decide to update it, I'd keep the original parts for the next owner :-D 

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Thanks for the feedback guys. Yes its only opinions but I really appreciate them as I really don't know what changes I want to make with the car

As for the sport seats, I think the picnic tables cant be fitted to sport seats so I doubt I will sacrifice them 

I will add the spec list as soon as I get it off my friend who works in bm, but its better spec'd than my 740 sport lol

 

Car was picked up today 

Super excited

 

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Id like to show you guys the wheel options I have been thinking off 

Here goes..

 

e38 Parallels with polished lips 

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17" Alpinas 

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20" Alpina Soft Lines

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18" Type II Schnitzers 

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3 Piece 17" Type I Schnitzers 

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18" Style 5s which are extremely rare!

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Rondell Deep Dish contours, which I plan on getting for my e34 sometime!

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Style 32s 

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And last but not least, something a bit different. Custom made 19" Alpinas :D

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Tell me what you guys think. I initially thought of the parallels, but I agree they suit the e34, e39 and e38 better. I've been craving a set of split wheels lately. The 19 inch alpina splits would be amazing but the cost would be unbelievable :wacko: I would be happy with any of them wheels. There is such a large difference in the price between them though

 

Also most choices would require lowering the suspension 

 

I am also toying with the idea of an alpina kit.. if that's possible. I know e38 alpina front lip copies are widely available. Or even an AC Schnitzer kit! like I'm ever going to find or even afford that ...

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Sandip said:

That is lovely!  Hopefully as good as it looks in the pics when you get it. 

 

I'd also personally leave as is and enjoy it as it was intended to be.  If you do decide to update it, I'd keep the original parts for the next owner :-D 

Thanks!.. yea I would not make any permanent changes 

I would like it as a nice show car though

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16 minutes ago, Steve540 said:

17" Alpinas 

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These would look bang on - if you can find a set for the right price.  They will hold their value too.

 

They are 17" by the way - the biggest I personally would go on an E32.

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Here's an E32 on 17" split rim Style 5s ( Actually these might be 18s, but you get the picture)

 

 

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 I have always loved the E32 and that looks like a belter; as others have said it's pretty much perfect as it is and clear lenses, black kidneys and a suspension drop will completely change the character of the car. 

 

Changing to sports seats will lose you the picnic tables and footrests for the rear passengers and you might struggle to get them in full memory, heated, lumbar in the correct colour. 

 

As for the wheels, the picture you have labelled ' 15" Alpinas' are actually 17" Alpinas. Going bigger than 17" wheels on any E24/28/32/34 will expose and amplify any existing problems or weaknesses in your steering and suspension as well as wear it out quicker when you get it fixed.

 

Going over 18" wheels will give an uncomfortable ride due to the reduction in sidewall height to fit under the suspension struts. I suspect the car has EDC suspension fitted so trying to drop it will lose the flexibility of having soft and firm settings to choose from. 

 

I'm sorry if that sounds a lot like 'leave it like it is' but with a lot of the changes you're considering would lose you a lot of the special features you get from such a high specification car.

 

FWIW I think 18" M-Para's, 17" Style 5's and 17"  Alpinas always look very classy on an E32 and will give a sufficiently firmer ride than the car would feel on 15's or 16's. Style 32's have a great deep dish but can be a bit marmite, and Schnitzer wheels give a very specific look.

 

Best of luck with the car, they're still perhaps the best looking Seven Series (and I have an E38) and it should be a delight to enjoy all the extra toys yours is fitted with.

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Thanks for the feedback guys and kind comments 

 

I don't know why I said 15" but the more I look at them the more I like them. And I agree with the e32 not suiting big wheels. E38s suit big wheels but the e32 is so different. I have 21" Alpinas on my e38 that look great but would look ridiculous on the e32

 

Im off sport seats already due to losing out on the picnic tables and foot rests

 

@sharkfan I haven't got the spec list sent over yet but it seems to be fairly decent. I don't really know what e32s come standard with but mine has electric heated rear seats etc which is a nice option! I am excited to see what els it has

 

Primarily my focus will be on tidying up the bodywork and sorting out any repairs that may crop up. New wheels is a must and after that who know, but I will think very carefully about any changes as I don't want to take away from its character 

 

Update on wheels then. Favourites are now style 5's, 17 alpinas and parallels 

I need to look into suspension options to see if I want to remove the EDC function by changing the suspension or just leave as is 

Personally 17 alpinas look good on standard ride height 

 

I'm 22 and the temptation to slam it and black out the chrome is real! but at the same time I'm into my old bm's and don't want to wreck the car and destroy its character. I have never seen another one in Northern Ireland, so they are a special sight.

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Looking back at the listing it appears you're in luck for suspension changes as it doesn't look to have EDC, just standard shocks and springs. It also has the inlaid wood in the interior and the Sport front spoiler lip. If you are planning to lower it I wouldn't go near the Alpina front spoiler as it was vulnerable enough to prangs on standard and Alpina springs. The Sport lip is that little bit higher up but still a very nice addition.

 

Have you posted any pictures of your E38 - there is always a lot of 7 love on this forum. My E38 has the 20" Alpina's on it, as that's what it came with ;) 

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It seems to have insulation glass, which I assume is double glazing? 

 

I quite like the sport lip. I’m undecided on the whole alpina front lip and pin stripes, as I don’t want to turn it into something it’s not. I don’t want a ‘fake’ alpina. But the wheels are acceptable! 

 

Are the wheel widths 8.5j 10j?

they seem to be very rare.. great..

 

You have alpina wheels because you have the real deal! :DWow I’ve never seen a B12 alpina in real life 

 

My e38 is just an 01 740 sport but it will be going for sale very soon

 

Replacing it with the e32 

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On 9 January 2019 at 18:50, Steve540 said:

It seems to have insulation glass, which I assume is double glazing? 

 

I quite like the sport lip. I’m undecided on the whole alpina front lip and pin stripes, as I don’t want to turn it into something it’s not. I don’t want a ‘fake’ alpina. But the wheels are acceptable! 

 

Are the wheel widths 8.5j 10j?

they seem to be very rare.. great..

 

You have alpina wheels because you have the real deal! :DWow I’ve never seen a B12 alpina in real life 

 

I do think insulation glass is double glazing, again quite rare on E32 V12's but standard on E38 V12's.

 

The sport lip is nice, as is the Alpina lip. Alpina stripes and model badge would/should only have been put on a genuine Alpina cars but the front spoiler was, and still is, offered by Alpina as a part for any E32, much like the wheels. E32 Alpina's would have had 17" Classic wheels in 8.5j & 10j widths.

 

IMHO (not that it matters much) the Alpina spoiler would be ok to pop on a non-genuine car and look great but my only caution would be how low you want to drop it; the B11 and B12 E32 cars were lower than the models they were based on but not by very much by modern or aftermarket standards, perhaps 10mm, maybe 15mm, and any further drop would make an Alpina spoiler very vulnerable indeed.

 

Hope the car is a fantastic purchase, good luck.

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Look a very nice car in the pics B)

 

This is my Alpina'd  735

8.5 and 10 x 17" wheels and fibreglass replica spoiler. (standard ride height)

I used black vinyl to 'shadowline' the chrome bits for a while but removed it as the bumpers looked better with the chrome.

Front clears look ok but clear rear lights are crap quality and look naff imho.

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23 minutes ago, red35 said:

Look a very nice car in the pics B)

 

This is my Alpina'd  735

8.5 and 10 x 17" wheels and fibreglass replica spoiler. (standard ride height)

I used black vinyl to 'shadowline' the chrome bits for a while but removed it as the bumpers looked better with the chrome.

Front clears look ok but clear rear lights are crap quality and look naff imho.

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That is a lovely motorcar; do you still have it?

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@red35 that looks great and is exactly what I had in mind for mine! especially the wheels. Im torn between clears and ambers. If my car came with clears I would keep them I think. After searching for them wheels, it turns out they are more rare than I first realised. Especially 10j rears!

 

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The 750 has arrived home! 

 

After looking threw a fat leather wallet off service history it seems that the car was original sold by Paragon Cars London. The service book isn't missing a stamp which is reassuring 

I LOVE the interior, it's incredibly clean and very luxurious. It makes my e38 740 sport feel basic in comparison!

 

First thing it needs is a new expansion bottle. The check coolant level message flashed on so I checked the bottle and noticed one of the hoses was very wobbly. The plastic ring had broken inside the pipe which must have caused a leak. Ordered a new one from BMW, so until then there's no more v12 sounds :wacko:

 

The engine isn't idling as smooth as it should be. I've never heard an m70 v12 before but I know it should be silky smooth which mine isn't. 

I think a diagnostic tool would be a good investment at this point. Having 4 old bm's I think I will get good use out of it haha

 

For some reason the central locking isn't working and I can only open the car by turning the key in the passenger door and not the drivers door 

 

It is in great need of some bodywork love. Which I think it is more than worthy of. Theres rust in the usual e32 places, bottom off the doors etc but underneath seems clean

 

So it certainly isn't without its problems. But I expected that. To be honest, the market is so limited for e32s, if I were to wait for a perfect one I would be waiting a very long time. So I'm going to turn what I have into perfection :D

 

The biggest issue is the metric wheels lol I hate them! As I've already stated, I would like 17" Alpinas and lower it tastefully but I'm  also having bad thoughts about 18 inch style 5s. But before investing 2k into a set of wheels, the 740 must be sold first!

 

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18 hours ago, sharkfan said:

 

That is a lovely motorcar; do you still have it?

 

Unfortunately not :(

I owned it for around 3 years and should have stashed it away for future cruising,

but a Supra Turbo project and a strong desire for V8 noises saw its regretful sale.

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id fix the faults before you modify, but as said this is the wrong car for all that shite you want to do. Should of found a 730 or something to muller!

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3 hours ago, Bumbaclut said:

id fix the faults before you modify, but as said this is the wrong car for all that shite you want to do. Should of found a 730 or something to muller!

I’m fed up having second best owning a 540 and 740 which should be a m5 and 750. Now I have the 750 I feel like I’ve accomplished something, as sad as it may sound.

I’m very much undecided on what to do with it. I think 17 alpinas would compliment it nicely and just leave it there and enjoy it. I need to play about on photoshop to help make up my mind 

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50 minutes ago, Steve540 said:

 

I’m very much undecided on what to do with it   

 

You know what?  Don’t listen to anyone - it’s YOUR car, so you should do with it whatever makes you happy. 

 

 

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