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1986 BMW (E28) M535i
This 1986 BMW M535i (E28) is an honest example of a sought-after BMW sports sedan, which shows with a rare colour combination. Under the bonnet lies a naturally-aspirated 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine which outputs 160kW/310Nm to the rear wheels. This car features a five-speed dog-leg manual gearbox. Its odometer currently shows 128,693km.
The BMW E28 is the second-generation BMW 5 Series, built from 1981 through 1988, which significantly improved upon the preceding E12 generation in myriad ways. Primarily what brought the E28 its cult classic status was its redesigned suspension and range of Bosch fuel-injected six-cylinder engines. The M535i was the flagship model of the regular range which borrowed from the BMW Motorsports parts bin with unique wheels, body panels, LSD, M-Technic suspension, and a five-speed Getrag dog-leg gearbox. Along with the E28 M5, the BMW M535i helped BMW garner a reputation for beautifully balanced sporting ability, as well as outright luxury. Built first and foremost as a driver’s car the M535i was hugely desirable in its day and continues to creep up in value on the used car market today.
Finished in dark blue on the outside with subtle grey pinstriping, it’s unlikely you’ll find another M535i in this colour scheme in Australia. The black leather interior features the correct seats and it also sports an M-Tech 2 steering wheel. Other aftermarket modifications include aluminium pedals, a Sanyo head unit, and a new stainless steel exhaust. This car rides on a set of 15-inch BMW wheels wrapped in Hankook tyres.
Built new in Dingolfing, Germany, this car was delivered new to Hong Kong which explains the rare colour. This also signifies this car features the non-catalytic converter engine with greater engine outputs. The car was imported through South Australia in 2007. Much of its recent maintenance is documented in service receipts supplied with the sale. This includes a gearbox overhaul, new exhaust, ECU replacement, and new engine mounts. The owner states the vehicle is running strong.
The exterior condition appears weathered for a vehicle of its age. The blue paintwork reflects light nicely in the right light and the car appears straight, however there is obvious scrape damage to bumpers, side skirts, and bumpers. Trim pieces of the rear tail-lights show discolouration. Chips and scratches are identified on the badging, under the boot lip, on the door, side mirrors, and around the fuel filler cap. The front bar and leading edge of the bonnet show paint chips and scrapes, while clear coat is peeling on the bonnet and boot. There is surface rust showing underneath the boot floor. Wheels show without major damage, though would benefit from being sandblasted. According to the seller the tyres are less than 1000km old.
The car fares better inside the cabin, with in-tact seats and functioning electronics. Leather shows very few signs of stress marks or stains, while the dash is uncracked on this example which is a common failure. The M badges of the front seats are missing, and the headlining appears to have water damage. The driver’s side door handle needs to be replaced.
This vehicle will come with a suite of original documentation plus recent maintenance receipts.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in NSW until 3/2/23.
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