CC Feature: 2000 Karl Lagerfeld BMW 750iL L7 Individual – The Brougham-iest BMW

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(First posted 8/6/2013; Rescheduled as a tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who passed on earlier this week at age 85) — Pillowy, button-tufted seats and abundance of wood trim often conjure thoughts of full-size American cars of the Brougham era. In particular, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler were big fans of the button-tufted look on their top models during the 1980s. But don’t be confused, this is no “Fine Corinthian Leather”. These seats are those of–a BMW?

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Yes, indeed. This is a 2000 BMW 750iL.

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Obviously this is not your average BMW 7-series.

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In addition to being an L7 limousine model, it’s a one-of-a-kind Individual model styled by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.

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Now the L7 alone was a unique model. With a wheelbase stretched to 131 inches, 10 inches longer than a standard 750iL and 16 inches longer than a standard-wheelbase E38, only 899 E38 7-Series L7 “limousines” were made from 1997-2001. All L7s were powered by the 750iL’s 5.4-liter V12 making 322 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque.

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In 2000, one of those 899 L7s served as the canvas for famed fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld to put his mark on. Lagerfeld had previously special-ordered two other BMWs, including a 1992 E32 7-Series that was the very first of BMW’s “Individual” models offering extensive customization to the most selective of consumers.

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The exterior color was achieved by painting Chestnut Brown Metallic over Gold Orange Metallic for a glowing effect.

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 The interior featured a special order chocolate-colored leather (button-tufted no less!) with orange piping and acres of real wood trim.

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Among its other unique features are executive tray tables, a state-of-the-art (for 2000) rear entertainment system, in-door tissue dispensers and a James Bond-style safe, all separated by a limousine-style partition. It’s quite a unique car. This is how BMW does Brougham.

(BMW photos from onlycarsandcars)