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The California-based tuning company Dinan has been providing performance upgrades forÂ BMWs since 1979. There’sÂ no shortage of newer cars on the marketÂ that purport to have some kindÂ ofÂ mods from the firm;Â 20 cars come up in eBay right now under a search for Dinan, andÂ Carter wrote upÂ this neatÂ ’08 550i M Sport Dinan the other day, for example. ButÂ it’s even more interesting to stumble upon an example ofÂ anÂ older car with some Dinan components, like this ’95 540i.
Consider this the latest in my series ofÂ “nowadays it’s really hard to find an early 90s BMW that hasn’t been trashed, but this one looks good” posts. I’ve always really admired the E32, the iteration of the 7-series built between 1986 and 1994. The very definition of a stealthy, executive express, it’s a big body car that dates from an era of BMW styling which combined angular lines, conservative, teutonic good looks and classic BMW cues like the wide kidney grille and four-lamp headlights.Â In many ways these carsÂ look a lot like the E34, the 5-series of the same era, just bigger and brawnier.
I’ve posted a couple of non-M E34sÂ recentlyÂ (see here, and here), since I’m a fan of this iteration of the 5-series (I even daily drive one myself). I’ve noted before however that it’s quite hard to find oneÂ in goodÂ condition.Â While it’s relativelyÂ easy to find an inexpensive, equivalent-era Mercedes Benz in nice shape, BMWs of a similar age in the affordable sector of the marketÂ are often tired and worn. Perhaps it’s becauseÂ Stuttgart simply made better cars during the period. Perhaps it’s because many MercedesÂ owners seem toÂ feelÂ it’sÂ their responsibility to steward their cars into the future, and take care of them accordingly. In any event, when a nice E34 pops up it’s always a nice surprise.
Thanks toÂ our reader Corbin for suggesting this Canadian 540i 6-speed. Not only does it lookÂ like aÂ clean example, it’s a well equipped car with a few tasteful modifications.