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Third Time’s the Charm? 1993 BMW M5 Euro-spec – REVISIT

One of the more interesting E34 M5s we’ve seen has once again popped up on eBay. This is the third time this lovely Japanese market, European-spec M5 has graced these pages. With a little under 116,000 miles on the clock, the car sold in the teens, traveled across the country to Wisconsin, and then reappeared on eBay with only a few more miles in January, 2014. After a few relistings, it finally sold for only an indicated $12,500. Well, now it has returned back across the country with what appears to be a thorough detailing and some much better photographs than the first two times. Still, this is the third different seller in a very short period of time, making me wonder why no one is keeping it. The new seller has raised the price substantially to nearly $22,000. Compared to what that amount buys you in other makes and other cars, I really don’t feel like the asking price is incredibly outrageous – except that you could have had it for half that amount 10 months ago and detailed it yourself. What do you think?


The below post originally appeared on our site January 13, 2014:

Daytona violet, hurricane cloth, European motor: few features get the blood pumping faster of M-enthusiasts everywhere than those three. From a rare exterior color to even rarer interior fittings, all strapped to a higher horsepower motor than what came stock in the USDM versions, this 1993 M5 on offer is a rolling tribute to what the BMW faithful lust after, despite being draped in a color the uninformed would merely regard as “purple” paint. This car was legally imported from Japan with the requisite EPA/DOT paperwork in order, making it far easier to jump into a classic E34 M5 equipped with the more powerful S38B38 motor.

This car featured today has low miles for the year and what looks to be stunning paint and interior quality. The seller claims the Active M-Suspension is still working, which was a Euro market option offering an M-tuned version of the Electronic Damping Control system. Although pricey to repair, it’s nice to know its functional for the moment. The 3.8 liter inline-six is a nice step up from the 3.6 liter mill that the U.S. received, with 340 b.h.p. on tap. Overall, I personally can’t think of a better way to wear purple while going fast.

Year: 1993
Model: M5
Engine: 3.8 liter inline-six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 117,629 mi
Price: $21,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW M5 Euro-spec on eBay

Old Description
This stunning European Specification 1993 BMW M5, VIN WBSHC91020GD63657, is 1 of only 2,776 LHD units with the larger and more powerful 3.8 liter engine hand-built for the entire world at the BMW Motorsport facility between 1991 and 1995. This particularly example was legally imported into the USA in with all EPA/DOT releases in February 2001. The opportunity to acquire this rare sports sedan has become available as the current enthusiast owner wishes to make room for a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II or 1987-1989 Silver Spur in his collection (will consider trading for these). Below is a detailed description covering different areas of this Euro M5:

Exterior: This Euro M5 is painted in its beautiful, original, and rare Daytona Violet Metallic (283) with contrasting Granite Silver metallic (237) front air dam, side valances, and rear diffuser. The paint shines beautifully and is in excellent condition overall. This M5 is equipped with the M-Technic side rear-view mirrors in place, Shadowline (satin chrome) exterior trim in place of chrome, and front exterior door handles embossed with “BMW Motorsport” text, all of which were cosmetic updates not found on US specification M5s until the 1993 model year. The exterior is fitted with the original M System II “throwing star” two-piece wheels with forged five-spoke centers that had brand-new Dunlap 235/45/17 tires mounted on them on 11/11//2013.

Interior: The interior is upholstered in European specification Silvergrey M cloth with Amaretta (synthetic suede) seat bolsters and stunning birds-eye maple wood trim, which is an excellent condition as seen in the photos. The leather steering wheel rim has the M tri-color stitching and the leather-wrapped shift knob has an illuminated shift pattern and the M tri-color stripe, both of which give the interior an aesthetically pleasing appearance. A terrific sounding Nakamichi CD-400 High Performance In-Dash CD Player / Receiver and custom subwoofer has been professional installed as well as a remote Passport radar detection system. The air-conditioning blows cold and all electrical items/switches are functional.

Engine: This M5 is equipped with the European-specification is the 3.8-liter M5 engine (S38 B38), which is larger and more powerful than the USA specification 3.6-liter version (S38 B36) as well as greatly different in the following ways:

-Cylinder bore was increased (to 94.6mm) and the stroke lengthened (to 90mm), raising the displacement to 3,795cc, making it the largest six-cylinder production BMW engine of the modern era

-Larger intake and exhaust valves

-Lighter pistons

-Shorter connecting rods

-50mm throttle bodies (increased from 46mm)

-Increased compression to 10.5:1

-Bosch Motronic 3.3 engine management system

-Distributorless ignition with six coils

-Redesigned intake and exhaust manifolds

-Revised throttle butterfly linked to Motronic engine control

-Dual-mass flywheel with harmonic balancer

-Metal catalysts for reduced backpressure and better heat conduction

The engine has been freshly serviced with new spark plugs on 11/11/2013, idles smoothly, and provides the thrilling pull the S38 B38 inline 6-cylinder engine is known for.

Transmission: This Euro M5 has a Getrag 280/5 five-speed manual gearbox that is mated to a 3.91:1 final drive that empowers it to accelerate faster than USA Specification M5s, which are equipped with a taller 3.73:1 final drive. The gearbox shifts tightly and is quiet.

Brakes, Steering and Suspension: As a 3.8-liter model, this M5 is equipped with the BMW Motorsports Adaptive M Suspension, an M-tuned version of the Electronic Damping Control system that electronically chooses the optimum shock rates based on sensors that gather road speed, steering input, acceleration/deceleration loads and lateral body movements The brakes, steering and suspension are all in excellent functioning condition, tight, and no known repairs are needed at this time.

Summary: This 1993 BMW M5 Euro is a rare opportunity for a BMW enthusiast who desires a unique M5 that stands out from others and who understands that a M5 that has been owned and cared-for by well-heeled enthusiasts will likely offer a much more enjoyable and lower overall ownership cost than a neglected or tired project car. This M5 should easily pass any rational pre-purchase inspection with flying colors.

Please note that the following items will be included with the car:

· Clear Wisconsin title that is free of all liens

· All EPA/DOT importation documents

· Complete trunk tool kit

· Owner’s manual set

· Spare tire and jack kit

· Two sets of keys

Terms: The owner will happily assist interested parties with arranging a pre-purchase inspection at their expense; however, this must be completed prior to buying the car or submitting an offer on eBaymotors. A $500 non-refundable Paypal or wire transfer deposit is due within 24 hours of the auction ending with the remaining balance paid within 3 business days. The owner will provide the winning bidder with up to 14 days of free storage so that they will have sufficient time to make delivery/shipping arrangements.

New Description
1993 BMW M5 SEDAN for sale Exotic Classics is pleased to present this rare 1993 BMW M5 (E34) finished in Daytona Violet with the M Sport inspired Hurricane Alcantera/Cloth Euro Spec interior. This is not your usual E34. Our unique BMW is equipped with the 3.8 liter 340HP Euro Spec drive train making it an exhilarating experience from the moment the ignition key is turned. Driven 117k well-cared for miles and recently serviced, this rare M5 comes equipped with an electric sun roof, Adaptive M suspension, lower factory installed spoiler kit, five speed manual gear box, factory alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, factory alarm system, factory rear spoiler, satin finished chrome trim, climate-control air conditioning, great sounding and well installed Nakamichi CD400 stereo with custom sub woofer, remote Passport radar detection system and much more. This car was legally imported from Japan in February of 2001 with all EPA/DOT releases. This four-door sports sedan delivers the full M experience for the driver while carrying friend or family in comfort.

This is still one unbelievable package to me, with an awesome and unique color combination with the desirable European-spec drive train. Is $22,000 too much to ask?



  1. UrSDriver
    UrSDriver October 16, 2014

    Its appears to check all the boxes, I doubt a more significant and unique car could be had for less. Does this long winded pretentious ad copy mention mileage anywhere? I lost interest at “owner wishes to make room for a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II or 1987-1989 Silver Spur in his collection.”

  2. MrMan
    MrMan October 16, 2014

    That’s big bucks for that many miles!

  3. MDriver
    MDriver October 16, 2014

    this car has been offered a few times around….I saw it last when it was offered by Hunting Ridge Motors…it is a nicely presented car…and quite frankly 22k is a very fair price for a 3.8…there might be wiggle room say 20/20.5k…..I sold my 91 this summer with slightly more miles but with binders of service records and upgrades…..BUT it ain’t a 3.8….
    the daytona violet paint is personal preference…the hurricane clothe is nice BUT not for s super saloon IMHO…leather is better….

  4. e34m5 euro
    e34m5 euro October 17, 2014

    I have a 1993 Euro Spec black on black 3.8 with 81k miles on it for 20k. US legal. leave your email if interested and ill send you a link to the listing.

  5. Audifan
    Audifan October 17, 2014

    I love the color combo and especially the cloth seats. I was always wondering why BMW and Mercedes don’t offer their elegant cloth seats for the US market. I would prefer cloth over leather any day especially here in So. Cal.
    With most M5s in black or grey, this one really stands out in a very pleasant way.

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