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1979 BMW 518

A lot of cars we feature here on GCFSB are top spec models, those carrying larger, more powerful engines and all the bells and whistles. However, there’s a part of me that always prefers something a little bit more basic, such as this BMW 518 for sale in Switzerland. The E12 was the fifth “New Class” platform introduced by BMW, hence the “5” denotation. Since it appeared in 1972, the 5 series has gone on to become a legend in the mid-sized executive class. This 518 with its carburetted four cylinder engine represents the nub for the 5 series. Resplendent in red, it’s uncommon to find an E12 in such unmolested condition.


Year: 1979
Model: 518
Engine: 1.8 liter inline four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 77,000 km (47,845 miles)
Price: 6,900 CHF (~ $7,170 USD)

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Beautiful BMW 518 E12! Original, special condition. Only 77,000 original kilometers. First hand! Full service book, sunroof, veteran appraised.


Looking through the pictures, the seller certainly has set an example on how to present a special, low mileage car such as this. A little bit more of a description would be helpful, along with an explanation of whether the car comes with the original steel wheels or the BBS wheels also pictured (or both). We’ve seen some later E28s reach $10,000 and beyond, with M5s and 535is models fetching the highest values. When I first saw this car, I was suspecting the price would reach into unrealistic territory, say, around $15,000 to $20,000. Given the condition, I’d suspect this car isn’t priced too far off the mark.