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  • Recently repainted in fetching bronze 
  • Upgraded to 3.5litre M535i M90 engine 
  • Manual Getrag gearbox 
  • Just 94,000kms 
  • Rare to find in this condition 

The Appeal 

It was a statement of intent and it kick-started one of the greatest saloon car lineages in history. The E12 gave executive buyers the best of both worlds: comfort and luxury mixed with nimble handling and sweet-revving performance. 
This car cleverly blends all those qualities to perfection. It began life as a 528i but was upgraded by the Italian keeper to the M90 3.5litre 210bhp engine used in the M535i. Naturally it has the Getrag dogleg manual gearbox to maximise engagement. At the same time the car was extensively renovated, including a full respray in fetching bronze metallic. It has been barely used since that work was finished. 
The result is a great classic ‘sleeper’ - a car that looks like a regular E12 but performs like a M-car. Only a discreet 535i badge gives the game away. Inside and out it is in very good condition, the interior being a particular delight. No doubt the low mileage of just 94,000kms has helped preserve it. 
The E12 is one of the best saloon cars of all time and this one blends all of its best qualities. A treat for enthusiasts. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1980 
  • Originally an Italian registered car
  • VIN corresponds to a 528i as shown in photographs
  • Upgraded to M90 and Getrag box by current keeper
  • Recent respray in period correct bronze and unused since 

The Condition

  • Restored and repainted car in very good order inside and out 
  • Paintwork presents very well with only very minor cosmetic blemishes to note 
  • Bodywork is straight and tidy and reported to be rust free by vendor 
  • Underside similarly well kept with no issues to report 
  • Smart ‘turbine’ factory alloy wheels in very good condition 
  • Exterior chromework and fittings presents well including clear light lenses 
  • Smart and very original interior high specification interior showing few signs of age
  • Factory trim includes a/c, central locking and green tinted glass 
  • Retains its original factory radio 
  • Interior fittings including dashboard and switchgear present well 
  • Wood veneers to doors and dashboard in good condition 

The Mechanics 

  • Now fitted with M90 3.5litre M535i 210bhp engine 
  • 5spd Getrag ‘dogleg’ gearbox 
  • Original factory tool kit 
  • No reported driving or running issues
  • Little used since the engine replacement and restoration 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1980
  • Make BMW
  • Model 5 Series
  • Colour Bronze
  • Odometer 94,503 Miles
  • Engine size 3500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Mazowieckie
  • Country Poland
Bidding history
9 bids from 4 bidders
  • edwards•••• €14,000 19/06/24
  • Mbcars €13,500 19/06/24
  • edwards•••• €13,000 19/06/24
  • Mbcars €12,500 18/06/24
  • viktor.•••• €11,850 17/06/24
  • Mbcars €11,600 14/06/24
  • chris-w•••• €11,251 13/06/24
  • Mbcars €11,000 13/06/24
  • chris-w•••• €10,000 12/06/24
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