Sweet Sedan: 94k-Mile 1985 BMW 735i E23 Sedan

  • March 01, 2021
The Rundown
  • 94k Seller-Stated Miles
  • Rust-Free
  • Two Sets of OE BMW Wheels w/ Tires
  • Seemingly Fabulous Overall Condition
  • Clean Title
  • Classic Color Combination
Why We Like It

Known as the E23 by BMW, it was an instant classic when it was introduced, and it was one of the firm’s most aggressive steps into the realm of high-luxe motoring for the era. It was aimed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz E and S-Class, slotting itself in a neat position no one even noticed was there. It was high-tech for the day, efficient, reliable, solidly built, comfortable, quiet, reasonably powerful – it basically checked every box a luxury performance sedan buyer might want. The E23 733i would evolve into the more powerful, more technologically advanced, but very similar looking E32 735i, which is what we have on offer here.

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sweet-sedan-94k-mile-1985-bmw-735i-e23-sedan01515 gNPurKonRChz 0jH0eM 1200x900Finished in the fabulous combination of Cirrusblau Metallic with Bone leather interior, this 735i seems to have aged very well. The interior looks magnificent, with the driver’s seat showing just the slightest wear and the rest of the interior looking almost new. No cracks in the dashboard, the gauge cluster looks great, as does the rest of the dash. The backseat is hugely accommodating, with head restraints, ample legroom, and seating surfaces that look to be in nice condition with lots of life left in them. Even the carpeting is nice, but perhaps most striking is the wood trim on the doors, dashboard, and center console. It all looks brilliant and terribly ’80s modern executive. Images from under the hood are limited, but from what we can see, it looks clean enough. On offer with a variety of wheel choices, the buyer can choose the look of the more modern 7-Series wheels, or the factory correct set. Interestingly, if the 733i is more your thing, the seller also has one of those on offer with 71k miles in classic silver over blue. Decisions, decisions.

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Valuation Verdict

With the number of E23s and E32s way down, finding a decent one is getting harder, and when you do, they’re often a little pricier than one would have expected. As such, locating examples like this one (or “these,” remember they’re also selling a 733i) is fairly challenging. We’ve seen a few similar mileage examples recently sell at auction in the $4-$7k range. Given the overall condition and the relatively low miles, we’ll call both of them fair market at just below their advertised pricing.

People reacted to this car
Wrong wheels, but classic ride in seemingly great shape.
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In fact, those look like E39 wheels now that I look more closely.
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