10K Friday – Please Be Real: 2000 BMW M5

If Nate’s story of E28 M5 ownership inspired you, but you missed days the cheap E28 M5s in reasonable shape, what are you to do? Well, the E34 is still fairly affordable if you want most of the same experience as the E28 with some updates and refinement (and, more weight); but the smart money right now is the E39 M5. With 400 horsepower, a 6-speed manual and a great looking shape, the E39 was an instant classic and raised the sports-sedan bar to a whole new level. For the first time, the U.S. got the full-fat M5, too – a nice change from the semi-diluted E28 and E34 models. Prices on these sedans have been hovering around the $20,000 mark for good examples but are continuing to slide; if you’re not looking for the best example, though, you can score some serious deals – such as today’s $5 short of $11,000 2000 example:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 BMW M5 on eBay

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20K Friday – Super Sedan Edition: E28 M5 v. W124 500E – Which Would You Choose?

What’s going on here? Tax returns are still heading out and we’re feeling rich? Well, not so much but it is nice to dream. While normally on Friday we look for the best deals, this duo was too good to pass up. You could argue about who started the super-sedan trend, but there’s no doubt that the Germans perfected it. Two of the most memorable of these are the E28 M5 and W124 500E; blunt instruments that achieve their goals of luxurious speed in very different ways. We’ve covered many M5s recently of different generations, but as I mentioned in the M5 Roundup, while it’s tempting to buy the cheapest M5 you can get your hands on that’s often a poor decision; in many ways, the same could be said about the 500E. So, here are two quite nice examples to choose from – which would be your dream? Let’s start with the M5:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW M5 on eBay

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Homologation Special: 1979 and 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0s

It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since Paul last wrote up a 450SLC 5.0, a homologation special intended to get a big motor into a lighter SLC to make it competitive in World Rally Championship. Remember, this is the pre-Quattro days, so a heavier rear driver wasn’t such a crazy proposition. It was aided by a fair amount of aluminum, too – the engine, doors, hood and trunk all were switched to aluminum. In the case of the hood – long enough to land a small aircraft on – that change made a difference. They didn’t sell like hotcakes though, and few remain today; they’re rare sights for sure, and it’s a treat to get two at the same time. Let’s start with the 1980:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC 5.0 on Carandclassic.co.uk

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