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Tag: 1986 BMW 535i

Euro-Spec 1986 BMW 535i

This E28 sold for $8,800 on March 23, 2022.

Back in September 2021, I took a look at a strange situation – what appeared to be an Agate Green Metallic M535i stuck in the midst of a buy-here, pay-here lot full of modern cars:

1986 BMW M535i

Well, the image above should tell you we have something similar again. Maybe this is a thing? Perhaps, though while this appears to be the same dealer, this time the car is not quite the same. It is a European-specification model, but while I wasn’t sure if that one was a real M535i last time around because there was no VIN supplied, we have a VIN on today’s car and it’s a DC31 model – meaning it’s not an M535i (which were DC51, 61, 71, or 81 in LHD). It is wearing the M Technic body kit and some pretty wild offset BBS RZs it appears, so let’s take a look at what you are getting:

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1986 BMW 535i

The E28 is a firm favorite among fans of 80s BMWs, but it’s the M5 and 535iS variants that get most of the attention. It’s not hard to see why. The M5 based on this platform was one of the first super sedans, laying down the classic formula for all modern Q-ships: supreme performance packaged in a stealthy, unassuming exterior. Meanwhile the 535iS appealed to those who wanted a bit of flash but couldn’t quite afford the full cream M-car, and was really just a 535i with firmer suspension, body kit, and sport seats. That isn’t a bad thing. The underlying car, introduced as a range-topper in 1984, was a winner, marrying the bulletproof M30 3.4 liter straight six engine (good for about 182 hp, in US emissions restricted form) with a tractable and responsive chassis. A regular 535i with a manual gearbox therefore offers a fun and relatively affordable alternative to the more expensive E28s out there, and this ’86 is a perfect example of that.

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1986 BMW 535i

When I look through the history of E28 5-Series I’ve written up, it’s not hard to notice a pattern. Most are modified, and most feature European-style modifications. Perhaps that annoys the purists and I’ll start off by saying a half-hearted ‘sorry’ to all of them, but here we go again.

I do like a really clean standard 5-Series, but it seems to always be the modified examples that catch my attention. Here we have a ’85 525i, which it is quite easy to see is not stock. Beyond being lowered, it’s wearing European-specification headlights and bumpers, big BBS-style wheels, and a few other odds and ends that make it worth a closer look. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the lovely Arctic Blue Metallic, either:

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