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Low-mileage but nicht langsam: BMW E39 M5 duo

The low mileage E28 BMW M5 that Nate wrote up last week got me thinking again about what kind of cars would fill out my collection if I struck it rich. Certainly it would be an M5, but which one? As sharp as the original M5 is, I’m still distracted every time I come across an E39 M5 in my travels. Much like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this is the sports saloon that is just right for me. It straddles the line nicely between modern and classic, packs a punch with the V8/6-speed manual combination and has just the right amount of aggression in an almost perfect sized package. Apparently I’m not the only one who finds this car to be “just right” given the values we’ve seen for these Munich monsters.

Both E39 M5s we’ll look at today are 2003 examples, the first being this sinister looking black example for sale in Maryland with just under 30,000 miles on the clock.

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC 4-speed Euro-Spec – REVISIT

After several relistings since I initially wrote it up back in May, this 350SLC is back up on the auction block. There was an claim that some of the 350SLC cars came badged as 450SLCs, making this car appear original, though I can’t find any proof of that – does anyone know better? Miles are very low, condition appears good and this would certainly be a fun package that would last – but the asking price is fairly steep at $19,000. What do you think this car is worth?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC on eBay

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 Limited Edition

Not a lot of folks lamented the passing of the Mercedes-Benz W201, or Baby Benz, as it was dubbed. With a new BMW 3 series on the scene for 1992 and an onslaught of Japanese luxury in the early 1990s, the car that broke the compact mold for Mercedes was seeming to get a bit long in the tooth. But the folks in Stuttgart weren’t going to let the car ride off into the sunset without one last hurrah. The 190E 2.3 Limited Edition was a run of 700 cars at the end of W201 production that were all painted Emerald Green with a Parchment leather interior. Other features included 8 hole alloy wheels, burlwood interior trim, dual rear headrests and deletion of the model badge on the rear trunk lid. This example for sale in Florida is the lowest mileage example I’ve seen in a long time, having traveled only 42,000 miles with the condition certainly affirming this fact.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 Limited Edition on eBay

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1988 BMW M5 with 28k miles

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The Euro’d E28 M5 with just 62k miles Carter wrote up last week went for a reasonable $21k, showing that the market for M5s is strong but not skyrocketing. Extra-low mileage examples are few and far between, and today’s 28k-mile example is being sold by the notoriously high-pricing Enthusiast Auto Group. Forum guesses put the price as high as $80k, which may be what EAG is asking but is not what they’re going to get. While it certainly looks like a sheltered, sub-30k mile creampuff, the door-card speakers are a strikingly bad choice. Low mileage is great, but without full originality I don’t see the point.

Click for details: 1988 BMW M5 for sale at Enthusiast Auto Group

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2001 BMW M3 with 10,000 Miles

EDIT 7/25/2014: with a few well placed seeds and some research, it appears that this car is the same one as the 10,000 mile M3 I wrote up in May here. That makes the asking price and modifications all the more puzzling. Thanks for the interest and sorry that I didn’t catch it the first time around!

What is the price for perfection? What would you be willing to pay for a brand new example of the car you love? There are certainly a lot of people who love the E46 M3 including me. I really think it was a high point of design for BMW; those sweeping arches, the delicate lines in the hood, the hunched, angry stance – it’s perfect, and best of all, it’s relatively affordable still. But many have already begun to fall into disrepair, and of course when you’re buying an older car you’re subject to what comes to market and managing repairs, restoration and asking price. But what if the car was effectively brand new? Chances are everyone would say “Sign me up!”, especially if that car was in one of the most sought after color combinations. They would, that is, until they saw the price tag:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW M3 on eBay

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