This car is awesome. Flat out awesome.
1986 BMW M5.
European specification model. Only 24,000 original miles!
This superb example features flawless “Diamond black” paint with gorgeous brown water buffalo leather. With only one owner from new, this Dinan-prepared M5 features an inter-cooled turbocharger and Borla stainless exhaust system, the combination of which produces an impressive 462 horsepower! A stage III suspension package and Brembo F-40 braking system with drilled rotors makes this a true “Ultimate Driving Machine” experience.
In addition, thermostatically controlled transmission and differential coolers have been fitted to the car.
The usual 5-series amenities of air conditioning, power windows, door locks and factory sunroof add to the comfort and convenience of this ultra-high performance sedan – a true sports car with four doors.
All EPA and DOT certification papers are available. Our M5 was imported by its one and only owner and all certification paperwork comes with the car. Even the original German ownership document is available! All upgrades were completed in California by Dinan, the preeminent company for BMW performance enhancements. The turbocharger brings the horsepower up to 462!
The differential has been converted to a 3:91 from the original 3:73. New clutch in 2005 and the turbo was rebuilt in 2006. Split Second control for air/fuel mixture has been installed in lieu of the air flow meter.
Surely this is among the finest, lowest mileage early M5’s anywhere and could certainly be unique with its upgrades. Lastly, the car has been thoroughly inspected and completely detailed by the TLD staff.
The first BMW M5, based on the E28 5 series, made its debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show in February 1985. It was born from the demand for an automobile with the carrying capacity of a sedan but the overall performance of a sports car. It utilized the 535i chassis and an evolution of the engine from the BMW M1. At the time of its launch, the E28 M5 was the fastest production sedan in the world. The European-specification examples featured 10.5:1 compression, a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds and 286 horsepower. All M5’s were hand built. In addition, the E28 M5 remains the rarest of all regular production derived M cars. Only the purpose-built M1 has a lower production run.
This came up under the For Sale – Wanted forum at mye28.com, with a link to the seller’s eBay auction. It sounds like this isn’t the first time the car has been on eBay; previous attempts to sell it had the Buy-It-Now price even higher than today’s $31,900. Amazing that a 23 year-old car could be worth that much, even one with only 25,000 miles on it, prepped by Dinan, and kicking out 462 turbocharged intercooled horsepower. But I guess time will tell; like one of my college prof’s said, nothing is worth any more than someone is willing to pay for it.
I took the liberty of commandeering the photos from the eBay auction; feel free to flip through them after the jump. (more…)