E38 BMW 7 Series Shows How Low You Can Go

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This Bond-style BMW is as low as it is long.

The E38 BMW 740iL you see here puts the “low” in double-oh-seven. For more than one reason.

The most obvious is its ride height. To the surprise of The Smoking Tire‘s Matt Farah, it’s not lowered on a trick air suspension. The owner of the big red Bimmer, Brandon, dropped it down on some special coilovers (and what appears to be a set of E65 7 Series wheels) to give it its eyebrow-raising stance. It’s an odd experience to watch it go over even a foot of California pavement without hearing something break or seeing sparks flying out from underneath.

Brandon’s slammed 7 also puts the “low” in double-oh-seven because of the amount of money he spent to buy it: $1,250. Granted, it already had 200,000 miles on it by then, but it still had life left in it. Two weeks after buying the car, Brandon drove it from San Diego to Tuscon without a problem.

Since then, he’s altered the exhaust to enhance the sound of the naturally aspirated 4.4-liter V8 up front and replaced the interior…with parts from a junk yard. The seats are from a different 740 (we have a feeling the originals were blown out after being used for nearly a quarter of a million miles). That double-stitched leather dash was plucked out of a 750. Even the 3 Series makes an appearance in the form of a transplanted ZHP steering wheel.

It’s definitely an unusual take on the 00-7 Series. It’s not for everyone, but it’s good to see one of these majestic mogul movers still on the road…even if it’s only an inch above it.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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