It’s the most infamous car in hip-hop history and for all the wrong reasons. This 1996 BMW 750IL isn’t just a symbol of bygone luxury, it’s a sad reminder of what could have been. Once owned by Death Row Records, the 7 Series sedan is best known for being the vehicle that iconic west-coast rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in. Bizarrely, the piece of music history is now up for grabs and it won’t’ come cheap.
Currently listed by Las Vegas-based dealership Celebrity Cars, Tupac’s BMW 750IL has an expected price of around USD$1.75 million (AUD$2.38 million), which while hefty, is a bargain to some collectors. According to the seller, the notorious vehicle has been fully restored but retains a small indentation where they believe one of the bullet holes may have been. By all accounts, the BMW has seen very little action since that fateful night, with a number of scratches still visible on the fender and body reportedly coming as a result of the melee.
Under the hood, the ’90s era 7-series is still impressive, despite its age. It sports a 5.4-liter 12-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission with 121,043 miles showing on the odometer, making it a relatively well-kept piece of automotive history, tragedy aside.
For hip-hop fans, the 1996 BMW plays a pivotal role in one of the most defining moments in the genre’s history. On September, 7th 1996 at 11:15 p.m. pacific time, the car, driven by Suge Knight with Shakur in the passenger seat stopped at a red light at East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. Shakur was then struck by four .40 calibre rounds fired from a Glock two in the chest, one in the arm, and one in the thigh. While he was rushed to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Shakur died from his wounds six days later.
His death has been labelled as one of the most contentious moments in music history, spawning a litany of conspiracy theories and questions over whether he faked his death. Irrespective, the sale of the 1996 BMW 750IL where Tupac lost his life is sure to gain interest, even with a price tag pushing $2.5 million.