As I’m about to embark on a road trip from the Bay Area to Seattle, I’m entertaining the idea of making a quick stop at the 5er West gathering in Portland, OR starting tomorrow. I have yet to hit up a full-on E28 gathering, and it’s high on my list of things to do. Rolling up in this 535i would certainly drop some jaws. A strong contingent of E28 enthusiasts support the Euro conversion with its significantly smaller bumpers, different headlight setup, and generally “cleaner” look than the big-bumpered E28s. Personally, I love my big ass bumpers and think they are delightfully 80s, and out of respect for how the car arrived, I would never alter my M5. The 535i is a different proposition, however, and today’s example demonstrates why so many people covet this conversion.
From the proud seller:
Alpine Weiss/Cardinal Red 101,600 Miles Factory Installed 3.25 Limited Slip Differential -2 Owner -California Car -All Records including Original Window Sticker and Purchase Contract -New windshield and gasket -New Spax springs -Bilstein sport shocks -Real Dinan sway bars -New fuel pumps by La Jolla Independent -2 new crank sensors -New interstate battery -New idle control valve -New floor mats -New shift knob -Refinished BBS Style 5’s RC090 17″ Finished in Nogaro Silver -Michelin PSII 235 45 17 -Euro bumper conversion using all new parts -Euro lights, grills, center grill, wipers and arms, etc. All new parts -Professionally polished to eliminate swirls by show car detailing This is a 2-Owner, California car that has had a very good life including proper maintenance with all records including the original purchase contracts, books, and window sticker. This BMW has been properly serviced and is owned by a true BMW enthusiast. Please feel free to ask any questions regarding the car and its condition. As you can see from the pictures this a very fine example.
Bring A Trailer calls this “The Perfect E28.” It’s certainly firing on all cylinders; low mileage, restrained upgrades, and beautiful original paint are all combining to send bidding into a frenzy. I especially love the dark-centered Style 5s and lush Cardinal interior. With just under 3 days left on the auction, 56 bids have pushed it up to $15k. Sounds steep, but this may well be the finest 535i in the US. I’m very interested to see where it ends, as that should set the high watermark for non-M5 E28 prices.