BMW South Africa ran one of these 745i models in Class A of the South African Modified Saloon Car Championship, the only BMW-Sanctioned motor sport application in the history of BMW 7-series cars.
Only the 733i, 735i, and L7 were offered by the factory in these markets. As usual, BMW sold only upscale versions in these markets, usually including leather upholstery, cruise control, wood trim, power windows, power sunroof, and other options as standard. North American versions were fitted with larger bumpers (to comply with the U.S. (NHTSA) standards), smaller , and various forms of emissions equipment that were not found on European-market cars. The engines used in these markets had lower-compression pistons and thus were less powerful than European-market versions. Some features such as were available in markets outside North America before they were fitted on American models. Many 745i models made their way into America during the height of the in the mid-1980s.
Of the 209 units produced, 192 were equipped with the ZF automatic transmission, while 17 received the optional, Getrag five-speed manual gearbox. Due to the limited production run, the 745i SA is quite expensive nowadays, especially low-mileage examples in near-mint condition. However, their value as collectibles is somewhat capped by the fact that all cars were built with RHD. Still, it remains the rarest version of the first-generation 7 Series.