1985 BMW M635CSi

In Paul’s recent M6 Roundup he celebrated the many different colors that the M6 came in, including a rare Bronzit example. It’s one of the many reasons I prefer the M6 over the M5. The second reason is the particular look of the updated 88 examples; with slimmed down bumpers, they look a bit closer in my mind to the original design than the other U.S. spec cars. Of course, in an ideal world I’d want a clean Euro example – with small bumpers, the right motor and perhaps an even more rare color combination, such as this Alpine White with Buffalo hide leather 1985:

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1988 BMW M5 with S54 Swap

Not many people would dare to accuse the E28 M5 of having faults, but I will. First, the engine was turned down for the U.S. market. That’s a reality of the 1970s and 1980s, I know, but it’s still a gripe. Second, it only came in black to U.S. shores. And that too is a shame, because the E24 M6 really shows what a little color does to those classic lines. Third, on top of the black-only stance, it had bumpers that easily double as benches – for Americans, even. Fourth, though wide 16″ wheels were pretty advanced for the day, the reality is that there are increasingly limited good options for filling out those rims. Fifth has to be the interior. My dad has an 88 M5, and it’s a very nice car – but the seats are well worn and look nearly double the mileage they actually are. It’s often the case when I look at an E28 M5 that the seats either look completely redone or wrecked. Sixth has to do with the engine again – because the reality is that 25 plus years on, keeping the S38s running in top condition can be an expensive proposition. Okay, so maybe I’m overstating my gripes a bit, but it just goes to show that there’s at least room for improvement with the U.S. spec M5. How do you fix my list of gripes? Well, buying this car would be a pretty good start:

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Afternoon Accessories: BMW E30 M-Technik Steering Wheel

Great classic style doesn’t always have to cost a lot, and there are some nice details that you can add to your car that both freshen and improve the look. While some of those parts come from aftermarket sources I always like to look at what came from the factory. For your BMW, there were some great wheels available, such as this M-Technik wheel on Ebay today:

Model: E30 M-Technik
Condition: Used
Price: $183.58 Buy It Now

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Afternoon Accessories: E34 M5 Euro M-Tech Cloth Sport Seats

One of the items that grabs the attention of some M enthusiasts are the small details that didn’t make it to the U.S. on European M-models. In today’s case, this would be the cloth seat option called M-Tech cloth; it’s been equipped in a few European market M5s we’ve written up, but I haven’t seen a set of seats like this for sale in a while. While it’s unlikely many M owners would want to swap out their original leather seats, I can see these ending up in a neat Euro-build 540i or something similar::

Year: 1989-1995
Model: E34
Condition: Used
Price: $1800 Buy It Now

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BMW e34 M5 Euro Sport Seats M Tech Cloth Black Leather 525i 535i 540i 5 Series

Fits all e34 525i 535i 540i M5 Models
Pulled from euro Spec 1990 e34 M5 3.6 Litre
Rare Item Manual SPORT SEATS
Rare M tech Cloth Used on Early euro Spec e34 M5’s
Leather perfect M Tech Cloth perfect
Very Very difficult Item to find in this condition
I had washed the cloth and the driver side is still wet in the pic hence the darker shade
These seats are a 9.5 out of 10
Thanks !

If you’re into neat, rare Euro cars, you’re into neat, rare Euro details, and this is one of the best. Sometimes you have to have something just a little different, and these seats certainly fit the bill. The condition appears impressive and the seats are manual and cloth making them a little lighter. Sure, they’re not cheap, but you’ll certainly stand out at the next BMW meet…

-Carter