One of the nicest tribute cars I’ve seen in some time, the 1988 BMW 535i Alpina B9 tribute that I wrote up in April is back up for sale. It’s not very surprising given the asking price at over $32,000 – but with the M5 market continuing to surge cars like this suddenly seem more reasonable. We’re not at the point where I’d consider this car a great value, but considering the amount of work and the unique look achieved by this model it’s not outrageous.
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E28s seem to capture the proportions of the muscular family sedan perfectly. Even more so than the burly 6.9 Mercedes, the 535is just exuded athleticism and business at the same time. This 1988 535is has benefited from a very attentive owner, and I generally find the cars posted to MyE28.com to be well-loved and documented. The best part about this one – to my eyes – is the color combination of Lachssilber over the Pacific Blue sport interior, one of my favorites. It’s just stunning. While the Style 5 wheels are a bit much for my tastes, it’s hard to deny how well they fill out those wheel arches. And the infamous M30 in front is barely broken in at 182K (broken odometer notwithstanding) – with routine maintenance, the motor will well outlast the car around it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW 535is on MyE28.com’s Classifieds
After a 5000+ mile road trip in an F350 with a 50-ft trailer, getting to drive my E28 yesterday was a total joy. Low, direct, quick – all of the reasons I bought it become immediately apparent when I climb back in. For those interested in 80s German cars, I highly recommend the E28 for it’s midsize versatility, excellent handling, and clean styling. Today’s 528e brings all of those elements in a commuter-friendly package, rocking an autobox and the efficiency-minded eta 2.7-liter inline-6 in an epically clean package inside and out that belies its 135k miles. And it’s from Tennessee, where I bought my M5. So we got that going for us, which is nice.
Click for more details: 1986 BMW 528e on eBay
Well, this one has been brewing for a bit in my head. As I’ve watched E28 and E34 M5 prices climbing and the plateau after falling of E39 prices, the two are in general available for about the same amount of money. One is a well-acknowledged classic – the original super sedan, a well balanced combination of 4-door versatility with a race-bred high-revving inline-6. The second nearly never happened, and seemingly was an afterthought compared to the earlier examples – but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t well thought out. The E39 is one of the best performance bargains going not only amongst BMWs, but in cars in general – with 400 horsepower from a thundering V8, it took the M5 to a new level of performance and demanded the same of its competitors. So, here we have M5 v. M5; a generation gap, a performance gap, but both as performance icons of their respective times and generally accepted as collectable going forward. Which is the one you’d choose? Let’s start with the original: