Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
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M5 tourings command a lot of attention on this side of the pond, regardless of generation. I’ve seen an E61 M5 in person thanks to some clever license plating, but only pictures of the E34 and dreams of the prototyped E39. Some clever chap bought this E34 M5, the very first produced, from the original owner 6 years ago and had it professionally imported to the US. Clearly someone with an eye for that kind of provenance cares more than a little, and a high-quality repaint from top to bottom along with a reskinned interior show the lengths he was willing to go to make this a prime example. No matter how much rebuilding happens, you can’t turn back miles, but an engine and transmission replacement means it has more like 150k than 220k. You’ve got a few years left before E34s are legal to import, and you’ll never get a chance to buy the first Touring.
Model: E34 M5 Touring
Engine: S38B38 3.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 295,000 km (~ 220,000 mi)
Price: Reserve-on auction, $40k Buy-It-Now
Click for more details: 1992 BMW E34 M5 Touring on eBay
I am the proud owner of first M5 touring ever produced. I imported it from Germany and had it federalized by Barry Taylor Enterprises in Richmond, Ca. Here’s a link to the world wide M5 Touring Registry :http://www.bmwmregistry.com/models.php?id=25, my car is at the top. BMW made 891 Tourings and never brought them to the USA. I have owned my car for 5 years and it’s time for a change. If you are looking at this ad you know how rare and special these tourings are. Here’s a link to great information on the E34 M5 http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=12
Here are pictures from Germany before I bought the touring:
In the beginning of 2007 I stated to browse the German car site Mobile.de for an M5 touring. I saw my car and had my friend who runs euromcars.com go and check it out. It turns out the car is the first M5 touring to be built. There is some dispute with my car’s vin ending with BL01001 and there’s a BL 01000 but the experts in Germany insist that mine was done first. I purchased the car and had it federalized by now retired Barry Taylor Enterprises. He had been in the car importation business for over 45 years. It took until the middle of 2007 for me to get my car. I bought the car from the original owner.
Exterior- I had a complete paint job in ’08. I just had the hood, roof, bumper, and grille re-sprayed. It had picked up too many stone chips. The wheels were refinished 2 months ago. I just installed all new euro bumper strips. It looks pretty good. The front bumper was bead blasted down to clean plastic and painted. The body shop felt this the best way to make it like new.
Interior- Very clean, I’ve had all of the seats recovered with good leather. It gets a ton of complements. The only modification I’ve done was to change the radio to a later BMW CD43 unit with Ipod connection. The iPod cable is near the parking brake. The FM had died in the original. I have replaced the rear window blinds and the rear dog net. I just purchased one of the last sets of OEM black floor mats. The dash is clean with no cracks. The door cards aren’t perfect but I’ve seen much much worse.
Since I’ve owned it I’ve replaced:
Valve adjustment just completed
Fuel pump and CPS
The brakes were replaced the first year I owned the car
Radiator replaced first year
2-EDC shocks, ordered from Greg at Concord BMW (Great guy)
A/C compressor, has been converted to R134. It blows cool but not cold.
Front steering components
Very recent drive shaft rebuild including guibo and center support bearing.
I have just passed strict California smog inspection. It burns virtually no oil. A fellow E34 M5 owner came by and asked me to start it up while cold. He was utterly amazed at how smooth it idled. We tried to balance coins on the plenum. This phrase is used a lot but I would truly drive this car cross country without fear.
I bought the car with 295,000 kilometers and it now has approximately 369k or about 220,000 miles. It had a factory engine and transmission replaced in Germany at about 100k kilometers. With 220,000 miles it’s not ready for a concourse but it’s in very good condition.
This is a definite unicorn and the owner knows it. The cleanliness inside and out is impressive and when stacked with first-born history, it’s a serious counterbalance to the mileage. He’s going to a get a very nice price, and someone else can have an ///M trump card for the shows without worrying about driving it.
When BMW’s era of Bangle-design cars hit the streets, I joined the masses and prepared my torch and pitchfork for storming BMW’s headquarters in a fit of rage. Over time, my views softened and I even came to appreciate the aggressive features of cars like the 5 and 7-Series sedans. Although it’s not high on my list of favorite BMW models, this 2007 530xi is a rare bird, with all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual.
Navigation, power seats, xenon lighting and more round out this car’s extensive features list, and for winter weather, all wheels driven and a stick is a tough combo to beat. For some reason, BMW’s XI cars never seem to catch fire with enthusiasts. The 325IX of the E30 generation has a bit of a following, but it seems the later cars – excluding the E36, where all-wheel drive wasn’t offered stateside – just don’t set enthusiasts’ hearts racing. Needless to say, with winter on the horizon, this 530xi and a set of snow tires could be a hoot in the white stuff.
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 68,100 mi
Price: $21,495 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 BMW 530xi on eBay
You are viewing a very beautiful and rare car indeed! You are looking at a Beautiful CARFAX CERTIFIED LOW MILEAGE 1 OWNER 2007 BMW 530xi WITH JUST OVER 68,000 MILES!! INCREDIBLE!! THIS CAR IS THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE!! THIS CAR HAS THE 6 SPEED MANUAL & ALL WHEEL DRIVE THAT EVERYONE WANTS!! As you can see from the pictures this car is gorgeous! THIS GARAGE QUEEN HAS SPENT IT’S WHOLE LIFE IN THE KEYSTONE STATE!! The Silver paint shines so deeply it is amazing. THE BEST COLOR!! The Black leather interior is in as new condition! The 3.0 liter 6 cylinder engine runs like a clock and has a lot of power! The RARE 6 Speed Manual Transmission is smooth and silent with perfect shifts! This car has the Dynamic Stability Control coupled with BMW’s All Wheel Drive option which lets you enjoy this great car year round with no fear of bad weather!! Everything in this car works perfectly! THERE ARE NO DISAPPOINTMENTS HERE! Whoever is lucky enough to get this car will not be disappointed. The car has recently been serviced and has just passed New York State Inspection by an independent facility. This car is ready to go! Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to own this wonderful & rare sports sedan! The jack and the toolkit are present as well as the spare tire. WE HAVE THE ORIGINAL OWNER’S PORTFOLIO & MANUAL’S!!
Perhaps it’s time to put away our Anti-Bangle sentiment and embrace when BMW’s still relied on manual transmissions and non-aspirated motors to generate good power and driving engagement.
The E28 5 series I feel is currently basking in some of the E30 popularity glow. Other than the original M5, these cars went relatively forgotten for many years after the E34 and E39 knocked the mid-sized sport/luxury sedan ball out of the park. Now with new cars becoming ever bloated and filled with gadgetry, those looking for the simple driving pleasures still have a car they can go back to for a relatively reasonable entrance fee. Of the non M E28s, the 535is is the one to have, as it included some trick styling pieces, upgraded seating and tighter suspension. While this 5er for sale in Kentucky is only a 535i, it’s got a motor upgrade from the E34 5 series, a 5-speed manual box and a lot of the bits and pieces that gave the is version it’s aggressive stance.
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 91,193 mi
Price: Reserve auction
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 BMW 535i on eBay
-1985 BMW 535i. E28.
-E34 motor swap done at professional BMW shop (No Documentation)
-New springs/Bilstein shocks
-New BBS 16 wheels.
-New professional Paint BC/CC Sikkens. Car wore *original paint with no rust prior to respray.
-Blacked out trim and charcoal gray bc/cc on tail light trim, bumper tops and kidneys.
-Shaved rear power antenna.
-Front and rear spoilers.
-Everything works great, drives well. Onboard computer works good, no lights on.
-Power windows, seats, cruise, A/C blows cold, etc.
-You can run historic plates and cheaper insurance!
-Car stored indoors always, climate controlled the last couple years for sure.
-Original window stickers and manual (I think I’m the 3rd owner).
-Does have a crack in the dash (behind steering wheel).
-Quarter size power steering leak from older felt style hose. Engine and trans are dry.
-New Alpine stereo with Bluetooth/ hands free. Small Alpine amp, sub, new factory size alpine speakers (have documents, just done at reputable stereo shop) Nothing cut! Still have original tape deck, which works.
-Clean, clear KY title in my name.
-Reserve is much less than what I have invested, don’t want to sell. Just need a daily driver that I don’t mind sitting outside.
-For sale locally, so may end early.
-Car is available for inspection at storage facility in Louisville 40223 M-F 9-5 or contact me for other times. There is loading dock for overseas containers if needed.
We’ve seen some really good restored or preserved original E28s bring serious bucks, sometimes in excess of $20,000. I’d suspect that this one may bring somewhere around $10,000 to $12,000 considering the amount of work that’s been done to it. It’s not the most perfect E28 out there, but it’s a damn fine looker in red and would certainly be a modern classic you wouldn’t be shy about pressing into service.
There is something particularly appealing about a car that has been driven and still appears well cared for. Many of the cars we feature here at GCFSB are driver’s cars; sometimes they’re performance monsters, while others provide an elegant mix of refinement and sportiness. Regardless, these are cars we think most people would enjoy taking home and driving. With those points in mind, it’s always nice to come across cars for sale whose condition and mileage allow for a buyer to make a decision based strictly on the car and any potential driving pleasure rather than on market value and collector status. We enjoy pristine collector cars as much as anyone else, but passion is instilled by enjoying these cars on the road, not just through their appearance. This all brings me to the car featured here, a 2002 Imola Red BMW M5, located in Missouri. This M5 is no collector car. It’s a driver, yet still looks fantastic in its Imola Red paint. The e39 M5 is a car that begs to be driven and hopefully whomever becomes the new owner of this machine will do just that.
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 136,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction (Buy It Now $15,500)
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW M5 on eBay
Up for sale is my 2002 Imola Red M5. The car is in excellent shape, both mechanical and cosmetic. Recently has a new clutch, front end suspension, power steering lines, BRAND NEW REAR and FRONT bumpers. I just had the entire car detailed and it looks great. Tires are about 3/4 tread and the car drives like new down the highway. Everything works perfectly and there are zero warning lights or issues. Brand new catalytic converters and O2 sensors so that expense is done for 100K miles. Car is completely stock with the exception of Magnaflow aftermarket cats and it runs absolutely great. Zero issues at all. I just had all four wheels refinished to match OE color due to curb rash and chipping of the paint so they look brand new. I am buying to get a newer M5 because I absolutely love these beasts and I guarantee you will too. If you have never driven an M5 prepare to smile through each gear. Buyer responsible for shipping/pick-up. I can help with meeting a truck if required but I will not deliver.
The exterior of this M5 presents very well, and while the interior appears to have seen a bit of wear there is nothing too egregious to be seen here. Overall, we have an example of a legendary car in which any buyer should feel quite comfortable putting it through some hard miles. As with any car with a decent bit of mileage you’ll want to make sure it comes through with a good PPI. The Buy It Now is in reasonable territory for a M5 with this mileage and comes in at around half the price of a pristine e39. All things considered, an attractive car that looks attainable at an attractive price. There’s an awful lot to like here!