Update 5.5.2012: Originally listed in February of last year, the new owner of this car has emailed to let us know it is available again. Good luck with the sale! Links updated. -dc
Early in high school there was a girl who had just recently learned that humans had landed on the moon. It blew her mind, and she went home crying to her parents “why didn’t you tell me?!” They were stunned.
I feel like Brittany. Somewhere along the line I completely missed what Euro E28s look like, but what a way to find out. I’m a fan of the North American beefy bumpers on the 535is and M5, but holy cow, this small-bumpered Euro Conversion 535is might be the best E28 I’ve ever seen. Gorgeous Zinnabarot, the aforementioned bumpers and “is” kit, perfect smoked type 32 wheels, unbelievable interior and general thoroughness… Why didn’t you tell me?!
From the seller:
The car was single owner until 2009 when an e28 enthusiast bought it and basically went through the whole car. I have many of the maintenance records going back to when it was new. It was an auto but had a 5 speed “type 265” swapped in. The entire exterior was gone over to remove dings and repainted it, the roof didn’t have the same wear so it was left alone. An interior shop has recovered all the seats in leatherette and a perforated fabric, looks amazing.
It also has the original glass sunroof, no Saab glass here. The JVC stereo has every input you might want. I have a Ipod hooked to it as well as USB thumb drive full of MP3s. Amps are under the rear seat and there is a sub in the trunk but you’d never know it since there is a panel to cover it.
The only issues with the car are as follows.
Small sunroof leak, i have the gaskets so that’s an easy fix.
The AC motor squeals sometimes but i grease it and it goes away. If you live somewhere hot I’d replace the motor and have the AC recharged.
As for the euro conversion….the guys i used to paint and install the bumpers and valence did an awesome job. They restore muscle cars and do amazing work. I have a few minor things to do like hook up the fogs but it’s near perfect. There are few things left to do on the conversion but i haven’t been able to find the time lately.
NEW “Dog Bones”
Bilstein Touring Front Struts
Bilstein Heavy Duty Rear Shocks – Same as Sports, but less Spring Perch Adjustment
New Tie Rods and Ball Joints
Dinan Sport Springs
New Sway Bar Links
New Febi Control arm bushings
The rear fenders were rolled but there is some rub on higher speed bumps and on off camber slow turns. The stance is sick though!
Drive train –
Original M30 – with
All new gaskets including valve cover, timing chain cover, camshaft and crankshaft and oil pan gaskets
New Heater valve
New Engine mounts
New throttle cable
New cruise control cable
New rear axles
New cap and rotor
New exhaust hangars
265 5-speed Trans swap with related parts
Z3 short shifter with new bushings
New Zimmerman Drilled Rotors
New Ate Brake Pads
All new door panel
New seat covers- basically new interior except for the headliner
New Floor Mats
New shift boot cover
New Dash light bulbs
New Tach – bad circuit in original
JVC Stereo with “old School” Rockford amps
Rockford 12″ sub in sealed enclosure
MB Quart front separates
Exterior – Body has zero dents, straight as an arrow
Zinnoberrot – all panels repainted in 2009 except roof. Paint is in excellent condition
Euro bumpers painted body color – new valance and lights but bumpers were worked to make them “new”, all new bumper rubber though.
Euro lights and grill – lights were dissembled and worn parts replaced with new
Shadowlined all trim black
Clear turn lights from Bimmerparts with orange bulbs
BMW Type 32 Staggered wheels / Tires have tons of tread left
New bimmerparts car cover
New german ceramic tint
Some seals and gaskets
Lots of little parts and emblems
Better to find out late than never I guess. I love this car.