Next year, BMW will unveil the next generation BMW 7 Series giving us the perfect setup to take a look back into the history of BMW’s flagship sedan.
The second generation of the BMW 7 Series (E32) is released in 1987. The idea was to create an elegant and dynamic vehicle for the business class. For the first time in BMW history, the typical L-shaped rear lights appeared at the BMW 7 Series.
Some luxury options included integrated telephone and fax machines, a wine cooler, double glazing, traction control system, and a system that automatically increased spring pressure on the windscreen wipers, to keep them firmly pressed on the glass at Motorway speeds.
Initially the engine choices were all six-cylinder petrol, as per the previous generation. In 1987 a V12 engine was introduced. In 1992, V8 engines were added to the lineup (730i and 740i). The E32 (750i) was the first car adhering to BMW’s self-imposed speed limit of 250 km/h (155.37 mph).
The E32 also introduced the extended wheelbase version (indicated by an ‘L’ from German Lang, after the model number) with extra rear leg room compared to the standard 7-series.
The styling is credited to then-chief stylist Ercole Spada and Hans Kerschbaum working under the guidance of then-chief designer Claus Luthe. Design work began in late 1979, in which by 1983 1:1 scale models were presented and frozen in 1984 for 1986 production.
Production of the BMW E32 series concluded in 1995 with a total of 311,068 units built.
Here is a video featuring Hans Kerschbaum who explains the E32 7 Series.[Source: Wiki]