The E34 is arguably the executive saloon that put BMW firmly on the map and took the fight right to Mercedes-Benz’ doorstep. Combining impeccable quality with the sort of dynamics you would expect from ‘the ultimate driving machine,’ there was also an E34 for virtually every kind of driver.
For those looking for M5-style thrills, but with a more luxury focus, there was the brilliant 540i. The firm’s first V8, this super-smooth saloon had the urge to match the M5 - particularly when specified with that car’s 6spd manual gearbox - yet enjoyed all the cossetting comforts and toys to entertain when then the going was less frenetic.
A big part of the 540’s appeal is that there is just a tiny boot badge giveaway that this is a 280bhp monster. So it may take you a minute to clock that the car we have here is one of those rare and sought-after V8s. It’s a two-owner car with miniscule mileage and has clearly been cared for. A further draw is its desirable specification - manual box with M Sport suspension.
This timewarp car has clearly been cared for and comes with a long MOT. Opportunities like this come along rarely and it is surely one not to miss.
The History and Paperwork
First UK registered 3rd February 1995
Delivered on 31st January 1995
VIN records confirm that this car was produced on 17th January 1995
MOT to 28th March 2024 and has covered less than 150 miles since
Minor MOT advisories for brake and fuel pipes, steering play, worn linkage and corrosion in front wing
MOT records show that the car was off the road between 2011 and 2014 and then 2014 and 2020
Thick history file including old invoices and MOTs
Two keys with factory fobs and black BMW key
Two rechargeable BMW torches
Original book pack with service book
Service book shows six dealer service stamps to 44,743 miles in 2000
The oil, oil filter and air filter have been done for the second time during current ownership, on 5/09/2023
Well specified interior that is nicely preserved and appears very original
The signs of age or wear are very limited and reflect careful ownership #
Bison/Pergament leather interior in well preserved condition
Leather has little wear and would likely respond well to leather treatment to improve further
Door cards are unmarked with good veneers, leather inserts and trim fittings
Extensive wood veneers enhance the cabin and show no visible marks or cracking
Switchgear is unmarked with clear decals and no visible scuffs or marks
Dashboard is similar, showing no visible marks, cracks or signs of wear
Clear dials that all appears to work correctly
Period correct Blaupunkt Bison stereo system
Headlining appears to be original and is unmarked
Til/slide manual sunroof with clean trim and lining
High specification includes trip computer and cruise control
Original factory first aid kit under passenger seat and full tool kit in boot
Boot area is unmarked with clean carpets and original luggage tie straps
Carpets throughout cabin display similar care with no visible marks or wear
Three spoke factory steering wheel with airbag
Smart Oxford Green metallic paintwork a popular mid-90s choice
Paintwork appears to be original and in excellent condition for age
Signs of use are very minor and include small scuff on the front nearside spoiler
Small number of stone chips to front bumper and bonnet
MOT advisory for front wing corrosion but this is not visible in the photographs, The corrosion has been professionally repaired at a reputable body repair shop. A replacement lower panel was welded in and all rot removed.
LA/Flat Star five spoke ‘starfish’ alloys in superb, unmarked condition
Michelin tyres fitted all round with good tread
Underside appears to be in very good condition with no issues to report
Dealer numberplates correspond with rear window dealer sticker
Boot drainage channels clean and with no corrosion
Boot floor is virtually factory-fresh with no visible deterioration
Matching spare wheel with older spare
Strut tops in good condition
3,982cc BMW M60B40 V8 engine developing 280bhp
6spd Getrag 420G manual gearbox
M Sport suspension factory option
Unfortunately we do not know when this car was last serviced
Thick history file indicates carefully ownership
The E34 was a gamechanger for BMW, adding a vital ingredient to the executive car mix that the firm’s rivals often overlooked: driver engagement. Its understated capability was arguably best expressed by the 540i with its thumping V8.
With desirable manual gearbox, low mileage and few owners, this nicely specified 540i is a rare treat. Catch it while you can.
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1995 BMW 540i E34 6 Speed Manual
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