First production 1992 BMW M5 Touring for sale

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M5 tourings command a lot of attention on this side of the pond, regardless of generation. I’ve seen an E61 M5 in person thanks to some clever license plating, but only pictures of the E34 and dreams of the prototyped E39. Some clever chap bought this E34 M5, the very first produced, from the original owner 6 years ago and had it professionally imported to the US. Clearly someone with an eye for that kind of provenance cares more than a little, and a high-quality repaint from top to bottom along with a reskinned interior show the lengths he was willing to go to make this a prime example. No matter how much rebuilding happens, you can’t turn back miles, but an engine and transmission replacement means it has more like 150k than 220k. You’ve got a few years left before E34s are legal to import, and you’ll never get a chance to buy the first Touring.

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Year: 1992
Model: E34 M5 Touring
Engine: S38B38 3.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 295,000 km (~ 220,000 mi)
Price: Reserve-on auction, $40k Buy-It-Now

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I am the proud owner of first M5 touring ever produced. I imported it from Germany and had it federalized by Barry Taylor Enterprises in Richmond, Ca. Here’s a link to the world wide M5 Touring Registry :http://www.bmwmregistry.com/models.php?id=25, my car is at the top. BMW made 891 Tourings and never brought them to the USA. I have owned my car for 5 years and it’s time for a change. If you are looking at this ad you know how rare and special these tourings are. Here’s a link to great information on the E34 M5 http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=12

Here are pictures from Germany before I bought the touring:
http://euromcars.com/gschultz/04-09-07/

History:
In the beginning of 2007 I stated to browse the German car site Mobile.de for an M5 touring. I saw my car and had my friend who runs euromcars.com go and check it out. It turns out the car is the first M5 touring to be built. There is some dispute with my car’s vin ending with BL01001 and there’s a BL 01000 but the experts in Germany insist that mine was done first. I purchased the car and had it federalized by now retired Barry Taylor Enterprises. He had been in the car importation business for over 45 years. It took until the middle of 2007 for me to get my car. I bought the car from the original owner.

Condition:
Exterior- I had a complete paint job in ’08. I just had the hood, roof, bumper, and grille re-sprayed. It had picked up too many stone chips. The wheels were refinished 2 months ago. I just installed all new euro bumper strips. It looks pretty good. The front bumper was bead blasted down to clean plastic and painted. The body shop felt this the best way to make it like new.

Interior- Very clean, I’ve had all of the seats recovered with good leather. It gets a ton of complements. The only modification I’ve done was to change the radio to a later BMW CD43 unit with Ipod connection. The iPod cable is near the parking brake. The FM had died in the original. I have replaced the rear window blinds and the rear dog net. I just purchased one of the last sets of OEM black floor mats. The dash is clean with no cracks. The door cards aren’t perfect but I’ve seen much much worse.

Since I’ve owned it I’ve replaced:
Valve adjustment just completed
Fuel pump and CPS
The brakes were replaced the first year I owned the car
Radiator replaced first year
Alternator (February)
PS pump
2-EDC shocks, ordered from Greg at Concord BMW (Great guy)
A/C compressor, has been converted to R134. It blows cool but not cold.
Front steering components
Very recent drive shaft rebuild including guibo and center support bearing.

I have just passed strict California smog inspection. It burns virtually no oil. A fellow E34 M5 owner came by and asked me to start it up while cold. He was utterly amazed at how smooth it idled. We tried to balance coins on the plenum. This phrase is used a lot but I would truly drive this car cross country without fear.

I bought the car with 295,000 kilometers and it now has approximately 369k or about 220,000 miles. It had a factory engine and transmission replaced in Germany at about 100k kilometers. With 220,000 miles it’s not ready for a concourse but it’s in very good condition.

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This is a definite unicorn and the owner knows it. The cleanliness inside and out is impressive and when stacked with first-born history, it’s a serious counterbalance to the mileage. He’s going to a get a very nice price, and someone else can have an ///M trump card for the shows without worrying about driving it.

-NR

1988 BMW M5

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The E28 M5 appreciation I speculated on last week appears to be spreading. Not too long ago, a good-condition, middling mileage 1988 M5 would go for low-to-mid teens; it now looks like they could soon cross the $20k threshold, a ceiling recently shattered by “average” E30 M3s. Personally, this is a nice reminder as my M5 comes up on some gut-wrenchingly expensive transmission work that these are special cars. Going into it, I mostly planned on it not depreciating any further, but appreciation is a nice thought. Today’s 155k-miler doesn’t have a lot of info in the add, but inside and out it shows signs of love and care. Does that make it worth a few tanks of gas shy of $20k? We shall see.

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Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 155,000 mi
Price: $19,500

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Black Exterior, Tan Interior
Strong Engine & Transmission
Original, Documented 155,000 Miles
Amazing Drive
Full Tune-Up Recently Done
Great Condition
Original Wheels Available
More Pictures Coming Soon!
Serious Buyers Only!

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The available BBS RCs are a popular choice, but I’d go with the originals. After hearing of many receiving engine rebuilds around 200k, I thought that was the rule of thumb, but I have recently learned that many go well beyond 300k miles. You can only really find out by trying though, which can be an expensive risk to take. Either way, this is a very pretty M5. If you’re interested in the howling S38 in a four door sleeper, it’s looking like the time to buy before they go up anymore. I’d offer $15k on this and go from there.

-NR

Holy Trinity? Market-setting E28 M5, E24 M6 and E30 M3

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There aren’t many new laurels that can be thrown on the BMW M cars from the 1980s. They are regarded as the source of the modern sports sedan and sports coupe; the blueprints, the originators. Those in the know bought these cars a few years ago when they hit their respective lows; since then, the M1, M3, M5 and M6 have all been increasing in value steadily. Call it a run on the markets, but as speculation and values have increased more and more “survivors” and “barn finds” keep popping up to keep the fervor frothy. Just the other day, Nate wrote up a trio of M5s that were attempting to set the market for higher mile cars in the high teens. If those owners were aiming for the sky, today’s seller is shooting for Jupiter; today on Ebay are the “Holy Trinity” of E30 M3 Evo, E24 M6 and E28 M5. Collective miles? 34,803. Collective asking price? $475,500. Now that I have your attention, let’s look at the pristine M5:

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Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 6,376 mi
Price: $158,500 Buy It Now

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1988 BMW M5
ORIGINAL with just 6,376 MILES

FINEST AVAILABLE!!!

INCREDIBLY WELL-PRESERVED PRISTINE ORIGINAL CONDITION 1988 BMW M5 WHICH HAS COVERED ONLY A SCANT 6.376 MILES!!!

COMPLETELY STOCK (COMES WITH ORIGINAL WHEELS NOT PICTURED).

NO ACCIDENTS / NO PAINTWORK.

INTACT & INCLUDED:
Original Keys, Books & Service Records.

Original Tools & Pouch.

Original Jack and Spare.
WILL ASSIST INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.

Message &/or call with any questions (858) 454 – 9898 (9am-9pm PST).
PAYMENT TERMS:
ALL SALES FINAL. FOR SALE/SOLD “AS IS” “WHERE IS.” THERE IS NO WARRANTY NOR GUARANTEE STATED OR IMPLIED. NON-REFUNDABLE $2,000 DEPOSIT VIA PAYPAL DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF “BUY IT NOW” &/OR AUCTION END. BALANCE VIA BANK WIRE DUE WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Details are few, but the European market bumpers and headlights really set the look of the E28 apart and make the U.S. version look a bit clunky, in my opinion. There just does not appear to be any wear on this car at all; I’ve never seen the Natur seats in any M5 look like that, and the paint looks amazing. Talk about showroom fresh! 4 doors a bit too much for you? Well, how about this equally pristine M6:

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Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 5,950 mi
Price: $158,500 Buy It Now

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1988 BMW M6
ORIGINAL with just 5,950 MILES

FINEST AVAILABLE!!!

INCREDIBLY WELL-PRESERVED PRISTINE ORIGINAL CONDITION 1988 BMW M6 WHICH HAS COVERED ONLY A SCANT 5.950 MILES!!!

COMPLETELY STOCK (COMES WITH ORIGINAL WHEELS NOT PICTURED).

NO ACCIDENTS / NO PAINTWORK.

INTACT & INCLUDED:
Original Keys, Books & Service Records.

Original Tools & Pouch.

Original Jack and Spare.
WILL ASSIST INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.

Message &/or call with any questions (858) 454 – 9898 (9am-9pm PST).
PAYMENT TERMS:
ALL SALES FINAL. FOR SALE/SOLD “AS IS” “WHERE IS.” THERE IS NO WARRANTY NOR GUARANTEE STATED OR IMPLIED. NON-REFUNDABLE $2,000 DEPOSIT VIA PAYPAL DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF “BUY IT NOW” &/OR AUCTION END. BALANCE VIA BANK WIRE DUE WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Low miles? Yep. Lower than the M5, too. At 400 miles a year, this car has been barely driven. The interior also looks amazing, and while I’m not a huge fan of the wheels the originals come with the sale. This particular M6 is one of the half year cars with the updated bumper covers and ellipsoid lights. I love the grey leather in this car, and like the M5 it looks new inside. Not a fan of the sharks? How about this Evo-spec E30 M3 then:

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Year: 1991
Model: M3 Evo
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 22,478 mi
Price: $158,500 Buy It Now

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1988 BMW M3
GENUINE BMW FACTORY EVO UPGRADES
SCANT 22,478 MILES

FINEST AVAILABLE!!!

INCREDIBLY WELL-PRESERVED PRISTINE CONDITION 1991 BMW M3 with GENUINE BMW FACTORY EVO UPGRADES WHICH HAS COVERED ONLY A SCANT 22.478 MILES!!!

COMES WITH ORIGINAL WHEELS NOT PICTURED.

NO ACCIDENTS / NO PAINTWORK.

INTACT & INCLUDED:
Original Keys, Books & Service Records.

Original Tools & Pouch.

Original Jack and Spare.
WILL ASSIST INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.

Message &/or call with any questions (858) 454 – 9898 (9am-9pm PST).
PAYMENT TERMS:
ALL SALES FINAL. FOR SALE/SOLD “AS IS” “WHERE IS.” THERE IS NO WARRANTY NOR GUARANTEE STATED OR IMPLIED. NON-REFUNDABLE $2,000 DEPOSIT VIA PAYPAL DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF “BUY IT NOW” &/OR AUCTION END. BALANCE VIA BANK WIRE DUE WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Wow. Like the M6, I’m not a fan of the wheels but the originals are included. This car shows slightly more wear than the M6 and M5 duo, but only slightly. There are a few creases in the leather, but that’s about it. Of the three, this one would typically draw the most money but as it has quadruple the miles of the other two, it’s hard to say if that will be the case this time around.

Value? Go ahead, take your guess. Are they worth $160,000 each? Probably not. Do you want them anyway? Yes, you do. I guess to peg a value on these would require some work; as many have said before, sometimes not having miles on these types of cars is as much a detriment as high miles, but in each case these cars seem to be well cared for. What would a full factory recondition cost to get a higher-mile example up to this standard? Probably not too much less than the asking price. Would it be worth it is entirely up to you; personally, I’d rather have a slightly less pristine example that I could drive, and I bet most of you would too – but like so many other cars we feature, it sure is neat to see such a time capsule grouping.

Which would you choose?

Hat tip to our reader Patrick who sent these along to us!

-Carter

Three28: 3 E28 M5s for sale

After a few missteps in my nearly 2 years of E28 M5 ownership, I recently found some kindred spirits who will hopefully be my mechanics for a while to come. Beyond being good guys who were willing to go through the car step by step with me, the head tech owns one himself and they have several devoted customers who rock the original M5. One was present when I showed up, and his 340k-mile, no-rebuild M5 with a completely redone interior in Cardinal; my mind was blown.

Today we have 3 M5s that are up on eBay right now. For better (for those who own them) or worse (for those who want them), E28 M5s are beginning to show signs of significant appreciation, as each example has clear imperfections but are all priced between $16k and $19.5k. It’s a shame none of these sellers found it worth the time to take decent pictures, but the volume of cars and high prices are worth taking note of. With any of these M5s, records and a thorough PPI would be necessary, but with all signs pointing to fewer than a thousand of these lovely beasts left in the US, repairable imperfections can be overlooked if you decide, like I once did, that you must have one.

The first example is a rare (~70 in US, ~30 in Canada) black interior model. It comes with some interesting (if oversized) 19″ Panasport-type rims, desirable and brighter Euro headlights and grill, and a reasonable 142k miles. The reserve is still on with bidding well below the $18k asking price, which even with my personal investment in appreciation, is a bit high.

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Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5l S38 inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 142,000
Price: Reserve-on auction, $18k BIN

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Rare black on black e28 m5 in excellent condition. This is a true sports car! One of the very few black on black m5’s remaining. Has 142,000 miles. Engine is very strong, excellent paint (no rust or dents), and all fluids have been changed with Red Line Synthetic and Mobil Oil. A great deal of RO’s are on hand. The car has aftermarket 19″ rims as well as the original rims that come along with the car. Bilstein shocks and springs, Moose Head engineering suspension, Good Year tires, headers with awesome sounding exhaust, upgraded m5 steering wheel, short shifter, and Alpine radio. New brakes with drilled front rotors, along with 5-series rear rotors, all new pads and fluid, new radiator and Euro headlights. Car comes with $2,000 worth of parts.This car really does turn on a dime and is a true joy to drive! This car is also listed on the BMW registry.

Next, we have an M5 that appears cleaner in its two pictures. With 155k miles and sitting on BBS RCs, this seller is looking for $19,500. As we’re seeing, fair market value is in flux for these cars, but it’s confusing that someone looking for “serious buyers only!” would ask so much without a proper description or pictures. Having the original wheels means you could recoup some of the purchase price from the expensive and unnecessary BBSs.

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Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5l S38 inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 155,000
Price: $19,500

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Black Exterior, Tan Interior
Strong Engine & Transmission
Original, Documented 155,000 Miles
Amazing Drive
Full Tune-Up Recently Done
Great Condition
Original Wheels Available
More Pictures Coming Soon!Serious Buyers Only!

Finally, and winning the award for foggiest pictures, is a 159k-mile example that appears well-used but not a heap. It has a few non-essential issues that can come with these cars (stuck window, declining sunroof, beat leather, etc.) but the owner has taken care of essential mechanical repairs. Aware of imperfections, the seller is asking the least of our three E28s, but $16k is still a pretty high number to me! Can you sense my surprised smile? Aside from the pictures, the largest detractions for me are cosmetic; the wheels and unspoiled trunklid do not work for me. Luckily, those can be rectified. For now, it’s apparently a reasonable price to get into a functioning, decent E28 M5.

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Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: 3.5l S38 inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 159,000
Price: $15,999

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Rare 1988 BMW M5

It has the original Owners Handbook still.

Service history back to 2008. It has about 1/2 of the original tool kit.

It has not been sitting for over 2 weeks since I have owned it. I make sure to at least run it on the weekends. I use it as a daily driver when the weather is cooler. The AC works but the car doesn’t cool very well in the summer months just by design. These weren’t built with tropical climates in mind.

Power Sunroof. It works but seems like it is starting to fail. No leaks.

Heated seats still work very well. The leather was replaced on the seat cushions on both the front seats. Along with a lot of the trim leather in the Car. The backs of the front seats will probably need to be replaced in the next few years. But all other leather is in good to excellent shape.

I have the badges. I just prefer it with out the badges and rear spoiler so I took them off and replaced the trunk lid with a 535 truck lid. I sill have the original truck lid which will come with the car. I also have a fiberglass M5 European bumper If you are interested in doing that conversion yourself.

One of the original tires is in the Spare holder.

Here is what has been replaced in the last two years:

Front Hubs/wheel bearings

Urethane suspension bushings

Lowering springs and shock absorbers

740i control arm bushings

Fan Clutch

Starter

Paint

Breaks, Pads, Calipers.

Break Lines replaced with Stainless steel and bleed system.

Crankshaft sensor.

The Clutch

AC Compressor.

Speakers and Radio

All of the front and rear bumper trim.

Clean Mass Air Flow Unit/Sensor

Replace to Original Stock Exhaust System.

The car has been running and sounds great. Mechanically the car is sound. The body and paint are near perfect. I get a ton a compliments where I drive it.

The ugly is the Dash cracks and AC insulation blows through and needs to be replaced.
I have been waiting for cooler weather to pull off Dash and cover the cracks.
The back right window does not roll up and down.

I will admit significant partiality up front, but despite quite a few more miles and a rebuild, my M5 is at least as nice an overall package as any of these and was purchased for quite a bit less. Either the sellers are trying to ride that E30 M3-wave, or the tide is truly rising on these cars. For now, if you’re interested in these, I’d start by offering quite a bit less than the asking prices and going from there.

-NR

1988 BMW M6

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I’ve got a thing for red cars. I promise, I don’t really, but for some reason I have seemed to review quite a few since coming on board. In keeping with my perceived affinity for all things red, here’s another to add to the list – a Cinnibar Red 1988 BMW M6. I know you’re saying “I think he already reviewed this car!” and you’d be pretty close to correct; I reviewed another Cinnibar Red 1988 M6 only about a week ago with almost the same mileage. This car, however, is on the west coast, so all of you sunbathers in California get a chance to experience your own “shark week” without worrying about a cross country journey:

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Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 61,839 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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I have here for sale our enthusiast owned BMW M6.It is the rarest BMW ever made.It is a rare find especially the one in such shape. This car has 61k miles on it. This is unbelievable.This great car was my mom’s wedding anniversary gift from my dad. She cherished this vehicle as if it were her last child. However due to a crushing knee surgery she had six years ago she garaged it. It was her weekend only car, once in a while she would drive it to a car show. This car is in excellent condition. The interior is in pristine condition. The leather seats are almost brand new. There are no cracks or tears anywhere not even on the dash.It has the original rims and paints. The tune ups and oil changes are religiously done when due. This baby has a brand new battery that has 72 months warranty that can be transferred to the new owner. For general information about the car you can Google the year and model.

As depicted on the pictures, this car is untouched. It is 100% stock. My mom forbids after market products on this car. She would not paint it because of that reason. Please feel free to email me if you want to test drive it. This baby runs like a sewing machine. There are no dents. Straight body. Never been in an accident. The VIN no is WBAEE1415J2561359 if you need to get information from DMV or Carfax report. The title is free and clear. It passed smog on first trial on 07/10/2013. I have the paper work. Tags are current. This may be your last chance of owning an 1988 M6.

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Although they’re usually good for a chuckle, I often wonder what goes through the minds of people that randomly insert fictitious statements in for sale advertisements. While certainly not the most common BMW ever made, the E24 M6 is not even close to the rarest. It also won’t be your last opportunity to own an M6, despite what I’m sure they’d like you to believe. I find the “no aftermarket products” statement odd as well, although it apparently explains the lack of wax or polish applications to the exterior. It will likely take a serious amount of time and care to restore that original paint, if it can be done. I wonder, too, if it’s still rolling around on the original TRX tires or if it’s on its second set. Either way, as with the last M6 I reviewed, plan on changing those wheels out for some newer stock with better tire choices.

At an opening bid of $19,500 with the reserve not met, it looks like they’re asking all the money for this car. I’m guessing this is in part due to the relatively low miles and their apparent belief that this is the only one of its kind left. While the interior does look nice, I’m just not sure that the condition of the car justifies the price. Perhaps if the paint was in better condition and a more detailed service history was available the car would pull some stronger numbers, but the Boston M6 has yet to sell with shiny paint and basically the same mileage and interior condition at $23,800. The Boston car certainly presents better, so I would guess that the value of that car is slightly lower and this car should be priced below that.

-Carter

1988 BMW M6

When someone is asked to name some of the great models in BMW history, historically the same names populate the list – 328, 2002, 3.0 CSL, M1, E30 M3 and the E28 M5. Newer converts to the BMW brand will extol the virtues of the E36 and E46 M3, E39 M5 and the monstrous howling V10 E60 M5. They would be right, for sure, but notably absent from the front of most enthusiast’s minds is the spectacular E24 M6. Available initially in Europe in 1983 with the M88 motored M635CSi, North America later received a special S38 (catalyst equipped) version of the magical 24 valve inline six motor churning out enough power to scare most supercars. Though designed in the 1970s, the E24 seemed to really come into its own in the 1980s and defined “the look” – low, sleek and aggressive, these were highway predators that could hold their own on any back road. In terms of grand touring coupes, the M6 was simply in a class of its own with its unique combination of luxury, style and sport. Today’s 1988 M6 is an example of how perfect that combination was:

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Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 63,700 miles
Price: $23,800 Buy it Now

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1988 BMW M6 coupe, Cinnibar Red with natural, 63,700 miles, 256hp in-line 6 cylinder normally aspirated M6 engine, 5 speed manual transmission, power seats, factory power sunroof, factory alloy wheels with correct Michelin TRX tires, fresh servicing, owner’s manuals, tools and jack, clean CarFax title history, USA example. Nationwide and international delivery arranged from our suburban Boston showroom. We reserve the right to end the auction early if the reserve has not been met. For more information about Copley Motorcars, please refer to the “About Me” button in this listing. Telephone: 781.444.4646

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M6s come to the market in generally two fashions – near perfect examples, or examples with serious needs. This example seems very much to be the former as a lower-mileage survivor. The advertisement states fresh servicing, which is a plus, though it would be nice to know if that was just an oil change or a full valve adjustment service. At this point in their lives, the S38 motored BMWs aren’t a cheap car to keep running in top condition, so finding one that is in good shape like this is a great starting point. Being that the car is in Massachusetts, it would be prudent to check the bottom of the car for rust starting though it appears to be well cared for. Other than some small chipping on the chin spoiler, the new owner would most likely want to get a replacement set of wheels and tires immediately – at nearly $2,500 for a new set TRX tires, you’d be better off sourcing some Style 5 17” BBS RC wheels from a 528i sport to maintain the look and have affordable (and much better) tire options.

I really think the M6 market is undervalued right now. Values on the M3 continue to soar and are pulling other BMW models up with them. The price seems in line with the high end of the market, but represents only about 50% of the price of a similar mileage and condition E30 M3 right now. While having the 4 doors of the M5 is certainly a plus, the M6 was available –thankfully – in colors other than black, such as this pretty and eye-catching Cinnibar Red. The 88 and 89 models also have slightly revised and much more slick looking bumper covers and ellipsoid headlights. They are supreme highway cruisers, more comfortable for two than the M5 and with enough luggage space for a long weekend trip. As $24,000 is buying you less and less 25 year old BMW these days, this M6 offers you a lot of car for your investment, with the promise to appreciate as the years and the smiles grow.

-Carter

1991 BMW M5

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I went to my first NASCAR race this weekend. There were plenty of amazing notables, some expected (88 shaved into chest hair), some unexpected (a massive above-ground pool outside an RV). But what surprised me most was the pleasant conversation I had with our camping neighbors, them of the custom-made “PLEASE NO MORE HOPE AND CHANGE” sticker on the Dodge Intrepid variety. He liked my M5 and we had a nice chat about M5 history. Well, I guess if a BMW guy can like NASCAR, I should leave the door open for NASCAR guys to like BMWs!

Today’s E34 emulates the E28 and goes the Vader route, black on black with the lovely Throwing Star hubcaps. Apparently it was stored for six years until it came out of hibernation two years ago. Those two years have apparently brought a nice honing period as the seller removed the SLS and replaced it with performance suspension, chip, and exhaust. That left him with a clean M5 with less than 120k miles. While the E34 is heavier than the E28 and not as brawny as the E39, it’s a slick hand-built businessfighter, especially in this sub-radar color scheme.

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Year: 1991
Model: M5
Engine: S38B36 3.6l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 118,000
Price: Reserve on at $5,100

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Here it is – one of the last hand made m5’s with low miles black on black and in absolute gorgeous condition. Except for a few tasteful modification as discussed below, the m5 is all original. The original black paint still has its original glossy shine. There is no rust on this car. Everything mechanically works perfectly, (including the a/c and the front seat electric head rests). The car runs perfectly, and is amazingly fast and responsive as it should be. The M5 engine roars and the transmission shifts smooth and perfectly in every gear. The clutch is strong. I purchased the car in 2004 and it was in perfect condition then. I have always garaged it. I stored it for 6 years soon after I purchased it and then put it on the road 2 years ago. Since that time I have put only a few thousand miles on it. In the last thousand miles I have done the following:

·Replace crankshaft and oil pan gasket
·Complete tune-p
·Replace all stabilizer links and bushings
·Install Jim Conforti performance chip
·Replaced the original catalytic converters with custom track pipes
·Replaced the SRS suspension with HRS sport springs and Koni adjustable shocks all around. The SRS hoses are still in tact if anyone wanted to convert back. The Koni/HRS turned out to be a great modification as it replicates the original ride while removing the harshness. I keep the Koni’s on the softest setting.

Everything else on this car is original to the car. The car is in perfect running and mechanical condition. The car leaks nothing. The only flaw on this car is that a section of the driver’s interior door panel trim is separating and needs to be re-glued. See photo. All performance tires are in great shape with lots of tread. The throwing star wheels are in great shape. You will not be disappointed with this car. It is a blast to drive. Incredibly fast, incredibly tight, with a great sound. I have to downsize the collection. Your gain. Included in the sale are the original BMW turbine wheels. I will also include 2 additional shifter knobs see photo. I have set a low reserve bid. Good luck.

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With a proper PPI, this could be a great performance deal. As long as the seller really has used the 2 years to make this well-sorted and is just ready to move on (there’s an E60 M5 in the background of the pictures), anything under $12k is fair for this E34.

-NR

Wagon Week: 1993 BMW M5 Touring

Whatever the case may be, I always come across some of the most interesting cars in the Netherlands. Case in point this BMW M5 Touring. Only 891 examples of this fast five-door were ever produced, making it the second rarest M car behind the M1. Appearing on the scene in 1992, this was the first wagon that was given the M treatment by BMW Motorsport. Under the hood was a 3.8 liter version of the S38B38 inline six, which was the largest capacity six cylinder of the modern era.

Even though I lust after an E39 M5, I have to admit that the E34 has been grabbing my attention for some time, mainly because of what it doesn’t do: shout about its performance. It takes a trained eye to differentiate a normal E34 from the M version. The biggest clue is the wheels, whether the car be fitted with the earlier M System wheels that gave the appearance of white wall tires, or the M System II that we see here, with the “throwing star” covers. Like many enthusiasts, I prefer the later style, and thankfully, this Daytona Violet M5 Touring is fitted with those.

Year: 1993
Model: M5 Touring
Engine: 3.8 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 175,500 km (~ 109,051 miles)
Price: €11,950 (~ $15,514 USD)

1993 BMW M5 Touring on Mobile.de

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Original BMW M5 E34 340hp
 
Vehicle Information: VIN WBSHJ91070BL01008, type code HJ91 type M5 (EUR) E series E34 (2) Type 5 Type TOUR

Engine S38 Displacement 3.80 Power 255 Drive, Daytona Violet Metallic (283), Upholstery silver grey/silver grey light bicolor.

Other equipment numbers: (0493) -01. Description SERVOTRONIC 216 C 339 404 SHADOW LINE DOPPEL-SCH TRANSMISSION LIFTING ROOF, ELECTRIC 417 SUN PROTECTION REAR TZROLLO TUERSCH. 494 SITZHEIZUN G DRIVER / PASSENGER 528 AUTOMATIC FAN CONTROLL (AUC) 534 Klimaautom ATIK 661 BMW BAV. CASS. III 860 FRONT SIDE INDICATORS NL approval.

The description is rather cryptic, with a bunch of option codes thrown out with abbreviations. For such a neat car, I would have hoped for a bit more color in terms of the owner history and significant maintenance/repair items addressed. At $15,500, this M5 Touring isn’t priced a lot higher than some of the better E34 M5 sedans we’ve seen for sale here in the US as of late. Granted, someone who wanted to import this fast five-door into the US would undoubtedly push the purchase cost close to $20,000, if not more considering shipping, customs and federalization costs. I’ve seen a few of these stateside already, so I have hope that it is possible to make these cars legal, as there’s still about a four year wait for the first examples to become exempt under the 25 year rule. Considering this car has just over 100,000 miles, it looks quite tidy for its age. The stamped service booklet and service records will certainly add piece of mind, as well.

-Paul

1988 BMW M6

Today we have a very clean M6 without too many miles. 136k is midlife for the fantastic S38 powering this sharknosed GT. The interior appears to have been reupholstered in something close to Natur, though the M-stripes are missing from the seats and the classic 3-spoked M steering wheel has been surprisingly switched for a much less desirable later airbag wheel. My biggest gripes are that the ground effects remove some of the litheness that makes the E24 so sexy, and the wheels are incongruously cheap-looking. With some proper upsized OEM+ wheels, the bodykit would probably stick out less and this would be a great-looking M6 with plenty of life left.

Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: S38B35 3.5L Inline-6 w/ 256hp
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Mileage: 136,371
Price: $13,995

1988 BMW M6

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An amazing powerful machine that will never go out of style and even better yet it is extremely affordable, the 1988 BMW M6 in great physical and mechanical conditions. This vehicle as you could see from the pictures is in great shape. The interior is equipped with tan leather upholstery, power windows, power locks, power side view mirrors, sport bucket seats, 5 speed manual transmission with a Nardi Torino leather wrapped shift knob, air conditioned climate control, front and rear window defroster, in dash vehicle information panel, cruise control, anti-lock brakes, rear climate controls, rear storage compartment, rear bucket seats, SONY detachable head unit, AM/FM/CD player, Sony Xplode 6 disc CD changer, power sunroof, Racing Dynamics upper front stress bar, Racing Dynamic aluminum pedals, drilled rotors, painted calipers, 5 double spoke alloy wheels and so much more. Call today and speak to any of our many sale associates who will gladly assist you in anything you may need to begin feeling your adrenaline rush every time you press on that gas pedal.

I don’t normally include the dealer’s final “call us!” line, but this one is a little more creative than normal, especially when referencing an S38. I like this car, and while I might put an M6 together slightly differently, it does appear to have been loved and cared for. It also inspired a random new project idea: take the rear bucket seats/console from an E24 and install in an E28. Maybe not right for the M5, but it could be awesome in a 535. We’ve seen M6s go for less but considering the market and condition of this car, the $13,995 asking price seems close to reasonable.

-NR

1988 BMW M5

It’s a little weird to write posts on E28 M5s after completing my own long search. I feel like each clicked link comes with a slight anxiety that the ensuing car is nicer or a missed opportunity. Luckily, I definitely bought the right car for myself at the time and I rarely see M5s that are a better value. Today’s comes close though, as it’s just across the bay, priced well, and looks clean. Bidding has been fast and furious from a low starting point for this clean and debadged M5.

Year: 1988
Model: M5
Engine: S38B35 3.5L inline-6
Transmission: Getrag 280 5-speed manual
Mileage: 192,700
Price: $12,500

1988 BMW M5 for sale on eBay in Oakland

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I am selling my 1988 BMW M5. The car has done 192,000 miles, it has spent its entire life in California and is completely rust free.

My M5 has a Comforti chip and the self-leveling suspension has been replaced by a previous owner – it has Bilstein shocks all round with Dinan springs in the front and stock BMW e28 springs in the rear. The car has BMW 17″ BBS (from E39) alloys (no, I will not sell these separately). Otherwise the car is unmodified.

It has a brand new set of Continental tires and has just been Smogged. The car is in great shape both mechanically and aesthetically. I wouldn’t hesitate to drive it anywhere. All electrics work except the occasional ‘sticking’ of the drivers electric wing mirror (I have a spare). The car has all manuals and complete trunk tool kit.

Negative points (see photos): The car has 3 cracks in the dash (however, I do have a custom made ‘cover’ dash which fits over the top of the old one – this will come with the car). There is a bit of cracking of the seat leather, but no tears. There are a few stone chips, otherwise the paintwork is excellent. I have removed the external badges, but I still have them and they can easily be replaced.

I am the fourth owner and I have pampered this M5 as the previous owners have done. I have a folder full of receipts detailing recent and past maintenance work done. All maintenance has been addressed. Sadly I am selling this car because I am moving back to Europe. I would love to see the car go to someone who really appreciates these rare classics. There are always little imperfections that could be improved upon, but overall the car is in great condition.

You are welcome to come and view the car before bidding. It is kept at my studio in Oakland. Email me to arrange a viewing. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I will happily provide more photos. Please, no time wasters, serious bidders and good drivers only. Folks with less than 5 feedback will be removed unless you convince me of your interest before bidding. Happy bidding and M5 owning. Kate

The vast majority of our sellers are men, so I’m pretty stoked to see a woman with an M5. Too bad she’s selling it, but good for the buyer. It looks clean inside and out and what I can see of the seats and dash are not bad for almost 200k miles. My main questions are why standard E28 springs are on the rear and how long the engine will last before a rebuild is necessary? Other than that, this appears to be a very clean and loved M5 that will hopefully continue on to another enthusiast.

-NR