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1995 BMW M5 3.8 6-Speed

Every once in a while, something sneaks under the radar and offers a great opportunity to grab a quality classic for a relative bargain. Perhaps posting this blows up that chance somewhat, but odds are with only a few days left, Sars-CoV-2, and the recent stock market crash, you’re not in a position to drop everything and buy an extra car on a whim – but hey, who knows? And this one is a doozy.

What we have here is a rather inconspicuous 1995 M5. That means it’s a Euro car automatically, and yep, it’s a 3.8 liter S38 coupled to a six-speed manual. And, just like the last one, it’s my favorite Daytona Violet! But this one is a sedan and it doesn’t look like the best example out there, so what’s the draw? It’s a no reserve auction.


Year: 1995
Model: M5
VIN: WBSHC91090GD64014
Engine: 3.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 51,000 mi
Location: Easton, Pennsylvania
Price: No Reserve Auction

891 E34 M5 Tourings produced, only 209 featured the potent 3.8-liter with a manual. This one is one of the 209 cars made. This M5 wears just 51,000 miles on the odometer and in good condition, considering age and semi-regular use. This cars were never offered stateside, this was federalized in NJ registration in 2000, becoming of one of only 30 E34 M5 Touring examples in the U.S.

BMW M5 (man. 6) , manufactured or sold in 1995, version for Europe
This 1995 BMW M5 is a European-market example finished in PURPLE and WHITE LEATHER and powered by a 3.8L S38 straight-six paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The car was imported to nj and federalized in 2000 before moving to PA.
4-door sedan body type
RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 6-speed gearbox
gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 3795 cm3 / 230.9 cui, advertised power: 250 kW / 335 hp / 340 PS ( ECE ), torque: 400 Nm / 295 lb-ft, m
characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4720 mm / 185.8 in, width: 1751 mm / 68.9 in, wheelbase: 2761 mm / 108.7 in
reference weights: base curb weight: 1650 kg / 3637 lbs, gross weight GVWR: 2150 kg / 4740 lbs
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph) electronically governed (declared by factory);
accelerations: 0- 60 mph 5.6© s, 0- 100 km/h 5.9 s (declared by factory), 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 13.4© s (simulation ©
fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c©: 14.7 l/100km / 19.3 mpg (imp.) / 16 mpg (U.S.) / 6.8 km/l, more data:

While I certainly appreciate the enthusiasm of the seller, this unfortunately is NOT a Touring. However, it’s still pretty special – the seller just got some details wrong. The last E34 M5s started production in ’94 with a 6-speed manual gearbox, bigger brakes, thicker sway bars, staggered M-Parallel wheels, a revised grille, and a few other changes. Only 404 left-hand drive sedans were produced, so this is one rare beast. Condition doesn’t appear to be the best – there’s been some paintwork it appears from what is shown, the wheels are gone, and there’s very little detail of this model to go on. However, how many opportunities do you have to get into a no reserve M5 3.8 6-speed in a rare color? That’s right, not many.

Currently with two days to go bids are under $17,000. That’s $55,000 less than the asking price of the last E34 M5 I looked at. Even if this ends at double the current price, it might not be a bad one to pick up given the rarity and end-of-run spec. You’re not likely to see an opportunity like this come knocking soon again.



  1. Tim in N FL
    Tim in N FL March 22, 2020

    You found a doozy here, indeed. I haven’t seen what appears to be a beater-quality Euro e34 ///M5 in years, in any color, let alone Daytona Violet. Dove gray interiors do not age well. Look at that drivers door card. One doesn’t want to be in the position of needing to rebuild one of these sublime s38 engines on a budget. The listing for this one leaves a lot to be desired…as if it was hastily photographed (w/a cellphone) by a parent who wants this “purple thing” out of their driveway. There are no photos of the car from the side. No detailed photos of the wheels. No photos of the undercarriage — this car has been in PA since 2000 and looks as if it has been outside the entire time. Then there’s the description referring to this as an M5 Touring (wagon). There are a few other interesting BMWs there as well including the Alpina e34 5er parked next to it. Then there’s the front-damaged e46 M3 replete w/a safety-pinned hood. All in all…this screams run away to me. It’s already bid to ~$17k with 2-days remaining in the auction. Nice find for sure but this one is no bargain given the restoration that it requires.

  2. Greg
    Greg March 22, 2020

    I’m with you Tim, based on the photos there is no way this car is worth $17k sight unseen. Maybe the high bidder checked it out in person and did a leak down test on the motor that yielded good results. Short of that this is a huge gamble.

  3. Ricky Weston
    Ricky Weston March 23, 2020

    That thing looks like it’s seen much better days.

  4. KrautHammer
    KrautHammer March 27, 2020

    I want to love it but it’s all but certainly a basket case. That said a sorted E34 M5 3.8 might be peak BMW. If it’s a hard running honest driver 17K doesn’t scare me.

    Nice find.

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