1987 BMW 535is

Following up on the few neat 5-series that Nate posted yesterday, let’s ponder the E28 535is. In many ways this was like the later 540i M-Sport; you got a sports suspension, interior and the look of the M5, but with a more mainstream and affordable motor. Is that a bad thing? The best part of three decades on, no – in fact, it makes ownership of an E28 a reality for many more people. As M5 prices head understandably up and towards where many have argued they should be since their inception, the 535is is still an affordable slice of 1980s BMW goodness:

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Year: 1987
Model: 535is
Engine: 3.4 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 172,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

1987 BMW 535is 5SPEED. GREAT INTERIOR, GREAT OVER ALL CONDITION , NEW RADIATOR AND HOSES, PLUGS, WIRES, BRAKES, FLUIDS,SYNCROS,WINDOW REGULATORS, A/C IS ALL THERE BUT WILL NEED A COMPRESSOR DUE TO A LEAK. RUNS AND DRIVES VERY TIGHT WITH ALMOST ALL NEW SUSPENSION. RESERVE IS SET AT A REASONABLE AMOUNT. NO SCAMMERS OR SPAMMERS, NO OVERSEAS BUYERS, THOSE BIDS WILL BE REJECTED.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Royal Blue Metallic on 1980s BMWs and it looks great here paired with the updated E34-spec BBS wheels. Inside is the Pearl Beige leather sport interior and the all important 5-speed transmission. The seller reports mechanical work that should leave the car an overall good driver, though under the hood does look a bit scary. The only bit that really looks out of place is the aftermarket radio; otherwise, this is a pretty tidy and good looking E28. Yes, the dash is cracked and under the hood could be much cleaner, but the bones of this car appear to be what you’d want. Bidding on the no reserve auction is fairly subdued by 1980s BMW standards and sits at time of writing at just below $6,000 with a few hours left on the auction. Personally, at about half the going rate of some of the E30 crowd and a tenth the ask of a top-market M5 these days, this 535is looks like a pretty solid deal.

-Carter

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