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2001 BMW (E39) M5 LCI
This 2001 BMW M5 (E39) embodies the true spirit of the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ and is often regarded as one of the best M cars of all time. Under the bonnet is a naturally-aspirated 4.9-litre S62 V8 motor outputting 294kW and 500Nm to the rear wheels. The E39 M5 was only available with a six-speed manual transmission, with a zero to 100km/h sprint said to take 4.8 seconds. This example currently displays 141,202km on its odometer since new.
If BMW wasn’t quite the first to introduce the high-performance sports sedan, it certainly made up ground quickly. The M5 was first introduced in 1984 with the E28, though this E39 is considered one of the all-time greats thanks to its impeccable handling, serene luxury, and powerful V8 engine. Rumours persist that rival manufacturers used the E39 chassis as a benchmark to gauge how their models should handle, such was the dynamic ability of the M5. It’s a simple car at heart: a naturally-aspirated V8, a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. But that simplicity made the drive all the more rewarding for M car aficionados. The facelifted M5, known as Life Cycle Impulse in BMW circles, arrived in late 2000 sporting a number of subtle upgrades including new lights and a different interior treatment.
Finished in the classic BMW Carbon Black metallic over a black Nappa leather interior, this M5 was also specified with burl walnut wood trim and an automated rear sunblind. It is an LCI example with the updated styling and tweaked interior. The E39-specific 18-inch Style 65 wheels are finished in shadow chrome and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.
Built in May 2001 and delivered new to Australia shortly thereafter, this E39 M5 has been cared for throughout its life and comes with extensive documentation. It is a two-owner car, with the current owner acquiring it in 2015. It has not been driven regularly since 2016 – the owner parked it up in dry storage attached to a battery tender and it was routinely started and run. Its last service was completed by Pacific Motors (BMW specialist) in 2016 where suspension bushes, control arms, rear rose joints, brakes, and diff bushings were all replaced. The Vanos system was refurbished by Dr Vanons in the USA in 2014.
The paintwork presents very well for its age and mileage, retaining the trademark Carbon Black metallic fleck and subtle blue hue. Light swirl marks are found on some of the panels in direct sun; this M5 could benefit from a thorough detail to bring out the best in its finish. There is also a small scratch on the boot and minor stone chipping to the front bumper. All four wheels look unmarked of curb rash and all four tyres are near new.
Interior condition is described as being in very good condition. The Nappa leather upholstery looks fantastic for its age and all burl walnut woodgrain trim presents nicely without scratches or chips. Minor creasing can be seen in some of the leather panels, though no cracking is observed and the seats retain their original shape. Small scuffing is shown behind the front seats which is to be expected for the car’s age and mileage. All interior functions including the power heated seats, head unit, six-disc CD changer, and instrument cluster function as normal.
A full suite of owner documentation and servicing booklets will be supplied with this car.
This listing is to the best of the sellers knowledge and is not misleading or deceptive 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 unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number. It is not recorded as stolen or written off.
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