1986 BMW (E28) M535I



This 1986 BMW M535i (E28) is one of the few Australian-delivered examples with a manual gearbox and boasts an extensive list of recent restoration works. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.4-litre inline-six-cylinder petrol engine which sends 160kW/310Nm to the rear wheels. This car is fitted with a five-speed dog-leg manual gearbox from factory. The odometer currently shows 187,648km.



Think of a sports sedan it’s likely that one of the first cars that comes to mind is a BMW. This car is the reason why. Predated by the E12 M535i, the E28 generation debuted the first M5 model ever with a motorsports-derived straight-six engine. However, the M535i is the attainable version of the M5 which featured various sports upgrades over base models in the 5 Series range. The M535i received M suspension, M body kit, dog-leg manual gearbox, LSD, sporty front seats, and a factory sunroof. It is a superbly engineered sports sedan which is revered for its nimble handling and impressive power outputs for the era. It is a driver’s car first and foremost and was limited in production which explains why sorted examples are rapidly increasing in value today.



This car is painted in Diamantschwarz metallic black on the outside and has been reupholstered with a cream leather interior. There are no obvious aftermarket modifications to take away from its original specification, though it is equipped with an Alpine head unit. It also rides on a set of 16-inch gold BBS alloy wheels with a silver lip. These wheels are shod in Michelin Primacy 4 tyres.



Built new in Germany in July 1986 and subsequently delivered new to Australia later that year, this BMW has regularly enjoyed maintenance and has undergone a recent bout of extensive works. These were completed by SouthernBM in VIC after the current owner purchased the vehicle in 2020 and include the overhaul of the braking system, replaced exhaust parts, power steering, subframe bushes, and strut tower repairs. Work has also been completed by BMTech in VIC.



Exterior presentation of this E28 is very good for its age and mileage. The black metallic paintwork shows in good order overall with few signs of swirl marks or holograms. There are the usual marks of damage as expected for a car of its vintage such as dents to the bonnet, paint bubbling to the key hole, dent in the boot lid, scratches along the profile shoulder line, and some subtle tarnishing to badging and side mirrors. All four wheels show in remarkable condition without curb rash and tyres display a great level of tread depth.



Considering the interior was entirely reupholstered with nappa leather in 2021, the cabin presentation is immaculate. There are no marks of damage or staining on the leather seat which retain a good shape. The car’s instrumentation and dashboard also appears without significant wear, though there is some trim denting observed to the lower edge of the door cards. Carpeting also displays in fair condition for the car’s age.



A suite of original books will come with this car, as will receipt documentation.



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 Victoria under a club permit. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.



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