Canadian-Spec 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

The follow-up to the quite popular Scirocco was the even better driving, even more popular, even more powerful, and way more expensive Corrado. And after looking at a neat Euro-spec G60, I thought it would be neat to look at a Canadian-spec VR6 that popped up for sale.

Mechanically, there were basically no differences between US market Corrados and Canadian market examples. However, there were a few odds and ends which help to set them apart for the Corrado fans. Most notable is probably the wheel design, which was shared with European models but not available in the US. More subtle, though, was the lack of fog lights – different bumper regulations meant that the Canadian market cars got dummy lenses. So you had to live without fog lights, but you also had the opportunity to live without the running mouse seatbelts. That’s right, Canadian Corrados got NORMAL SEATBELTS. Gosh, that alone could probably sell the car.

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All Black Everything: 1988 BMW M5

Following up on Craig’s Euro-spec Diamond Schwarz Metallic E24 comes an unusual E28 M5. There were a few things that caught my eye about this car; first off, Rhode Island is a small community and I feel like I know a pretty good percentage of the E28 M5s that live here, but this one was new to me. Not only was that unique, but the seller was selling two, with a 4-post black/black E34 to nicely compliment the original model. More things stuck out, though; immediately, the European bumpers and lights are a neat look, but it was inside and the black leather that really helps to set this car apart. About a month ago, Nate looked at a sacrilegious turbo swapped M5 with a non-stock black leather, but this one is claimed to be one of the original 101 all-black M5s imported to North America:

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Canadian 1988 BMW M5

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Typically, there’s no reason to list a car as Canadian as its more of an importation detail than a real differentiating factor for the model. Perhaps the most notable exception is the legendary E28 M5, with a known history of BMW rushing to churn out 1340 examples for North America and standardizing them with most of the options list and exclusively black paint and (mostly) tan “Natur” leather interiors. 101 examples were sent over with full black interiors – 30 of the US allocation and all 71 M5s for the Canadian market. This creates something akin to a small herd of albino unicorns, and every once in a while they pop up and reignite the forum discussions as to whether a black interior inherently creates more value. The jury is still out on that last point, though I’d suspect that the rising tide for E28 M5s will help them gain some steam purely based on their rarity.

This M5 is one of the 71 Canadian black-on-blacks and is the nicest example I’ve seen. 124k miles and excellent condition make it a high-dollar M5 to start, right in line with the other $30k+ sales we’ve seen.

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Canadian E28 M5

We’ve featured a few black-interior E28 M5s here on GCFSB, from both the 70 allotted to Canada and the 30 given to the US. I like the rarity of these cars, but prefer the more-common Natur interior.

Today’s M5 looks pretty clean with the standard wear and tear on the interior but a straight body and decent paint. With just 100 black-on-black M5s to choose from in North America, any time one comes up is significant for those on such a specific hunt. 190k miles sounds like a seller who knows a rebuild is coming and wants to pass on the effort and money required. I like the car, but the sparse listing that raises more questions than it answers is not befitting any BMW, let alone a rare-option E28 M5.

Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5 inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 310,000 km (~190,000 mi)
Price: $8,500 starting bid

1988 E28 M5 for sale on eBay in Canada

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Rare 1988 BMW M5 E28, fully loaded, black on black, Canadian car, located in Toronto, only 80 came to Canada. First generation M, hand maded quality from Germany back then, car is in good condition, runs good, shifts good, body good, no accidents, 8 out 10 condition. Car has 310,000 km (car is Canadian there for speedometer is in km). Only needs AC charge, sunroof sliders, and rear springs to be perfect.

I traveled across the country to buy my M5 because the owner offered up every little piece of information and document I could have ever wanted, explaining the needs and demonstrating that he loved and respected this car and wanted it to continue to be loved. Unfortunately, I get no such vibe from this seller. From the poorly framed pictures to pathetic ad copy, less is certainly not more here. He even rolls out the dreaded “AC Charge” claim. And for the rear springs, is the self-leveling suspension still there and just shot, or does it have new rear suspension that needs springs? Regardless, this black-on-black has the unfortunate stink of money pit. I think something closer to $6,500 would be a fair price for someone who was ready to commit time and energy to making this the gorgeous rare example it should be.