Feel like James Bond in this bulletproof E38 BMW 750iL

7 Series, Interesting | January 7th, 2018 by 7
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Does anyone remember Tomorrow Never Dies, the Bond movie with Pierce Brosnan? If so, you’ll remember that he drove an E38-gen BMW 750iL and there’s …

Does anyone remember Tomorrow Never Dies, the Bond movie with Pierce Brosnan? If so, you’ll remember that he drove an E38-gen BMW 750iL and there’s a famous scene where he drives it remotely through a hail of gunfire, from the back seat, using a small tablet. It’s an absurd scene and it was always weird to see James Bond drive a 7 Series. But if you want to feel like that specific James Bond, take a look at this 2001 BMW 750iL Protection Package that’s currently for sale on Bring-A-Trailer.

The Protection Package was something you could order from the factory and it was intended for mafia bosses…err..diplomats, to keep them safe. If features bulletproof glass, armor plating, stationary rear windows, run-flat tires and self-leveling rear air suspension with electronically controlled dampers.

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Under the hood lies a 5.4 liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine with 322 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. That mighty V12 sends its power through a five-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. While that’s a good amount of power, the BMW 750iL Protection weighs about as much as a small moon, so it’s not exactly quick.

It also won’t handle all that well, despite the E38 7 Series being a brilliant driving car. The armored plating and all of its bulletproofing makes it too heavy to properly handle. Though, it will be fast enough and handle well enough to get away from some baddies with ill intentions.

This specific car is black on black, because of course it is, and only has 90,000 miles on it, which is pretty low mileage for a car that’s now 17 years old. I also seems to be in impeccable conditions, lacking any noticeable rust, damage or bullet holes. At the time of writing this, the current bid is at $8,000, which is pretty cheap for such a cool car.

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If you buy this bulletproof BMW 750iL, you’ll have one of the greatest luxury cars BMW ever produced with the added bonus that if any Russian terrorists start firing AK47s at you, you’ll be alright. Just don’t try and drive it from the back seat, as that probably won’t end well.

[Source: Bring-A-Trailer]

7 responses to “Feel like James Bond in this bulletproof E38 BMW 750iL”

  1. CDspeed says:

    Definitely a lot cheaper then pretending in a Z8.

  2. Pictor says:

    I remember seeing one of these at then VOB in Rockville MD and initially being stunned at the price without realizing it was an 750iP. It was only when I noticed the P on the Monroney sticker that I noticed the thicker windows. The car is very stealthy.

  3. Arunabh says:

    In my opinion, Best siebener ever.

  4. Dailybimmer says:

    Best looking Bmw 7er of all time. What a beauty.

  5. Common Senz says:

    This is a pretty weak, cynical review which misses one main point and utterly misstates another.
    The miss is that $8000 or likely above is overpaying for this vehicle. Without protection it is in the 3 to 4 range realistically and even boosting it the 25% that iP cost over base when new is only $5000.
    Obviously if you repeatedly drive through highly violent knee grow areas (sorry uberlibs but that is reality… instead of PC bitching about it, do something like ignoring objections from the lying, taxdodging churches and financially incentivize long term birth control to reduce the population densities and increase the education and opportunities) like Riviera Beach, FL, or Roxbury, MA, or the Bronx or anywhere in Detroit/Oakland, you want/need the package and it may still be worth it for you.
    And what is this bullshit about “It also won’t handle all that well”, deMattia? Did you actually RESEARCH the weight difference or performance penalty? Don’t think so. I’d estimate this entry stage of armor adds less than 275 pounds… the weight of one plump over-schnitzeled NaZi-descendant passenger which adds less than a second to the 0-60.

    Buy one for the novelty but not for 8-10,000 where this one will be.

  6. Common Senz says:

    This is a pretty weak, cynical review which misses one main point and utterly misstates another.

    The miss is that $8000 or likely above is overpaying for this
    vehicle. Without protection it is in the 3 to 4 range realistically and
    even boosting it the 25% that iP cost over base when new is only $5000.

    Obviously if you repeatedly drive through highly violent knee
    grow areas (sorry uberlibs but that is reality… instead of PC bitching
    about it, do something like ignoring objections from the lying,
    taxdodging churches and financially incentivize long term birth control
    to reduce the population densities and increase the education and
    opportunities) like Riviera Beach, FL, or Roxbury, MA, or the Bronx or
    anywhere in Detroit/Oakland, you want/need the package and it may still
    be worth it for you.
    And what is this bullshit about “It also won’t
    handle all that well”, deMattia? Did you actually RESEARCH the weight
    difference or performance penalty? Don’t think so. I’d estimate this
    entry stage of armor adds less than 275 pounds… the weight of one
    plump over-schnitzeled NaZi-descendant passenger which adds less than a
    second to the 0-60.

    Buy one for the novelty but not for 8-10,000 where this one will be.

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