Neiman Marcus Shoppers Get Early Shot at 2009 BMW 750

BMW’s new 7 Series will hit the U.S. in early 2009, but wealthy Neiman Marcus shoppers will get a shot at buying a special edition version this month. Every year the department store releases its Christmas Book catalog containing expensive gifts for good boys and girls with deep pockets, and there’s usually an automotive selection or two.

Those who buy the 2009 750Li in this year’s Book will get one of only 31 made, to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the 7 Series. It’ll come in a special iridescent Diopside Black metallic paint, with Champagne leather seating with contrasting piping and trim pieces. It also comes with a custom steering wheel. Otherwise, it’s completely loaded with option packages that would bring a current 750 Li just over the $100,000 mark.

This can be yours for a mere $160,000. Wait — isn’t that too much? While prices for the 2009 7 Series haven’t been released yet, a big chunk of the Neiman Marcus bill goes to a trip to Germany to take delivery, as well as a lavish vacation driving the car through the French Riviera before having it shipped back to the U.S.

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