The original premium BMW executive car, the E12 was the first ever 5-Series and kicked off a long history of popular Autobahn cruisers.
What this particular car lacks in its lack of documented history, it makes up for thanks to its brilliant presentation today. Following a full restoration earlier this year, it shows off a wonderful coat of paint and a near-pristine engine bay. The current owner has spent around 8,000€ restoring this classic German saloon car.
With a very nice condition interior, this is certainly a model that will provide a lovely place to be. Perfect for those long journeys from one end of a country to the other.
History and Paperwork
First registered in 1979
224,168 km on the clock
2 reported owners from new
Very little known history
Purchased by the current owner as a restoration project
Fully restored from January 2023
Around 8,000€ of work done
Government technical inspection valid until June 2028
Owner’s manual with the car
Very original interior trim
Grey fabric seats look excellent
Black leather door cards show little to no wear
Carpets in great shape overall
Black plastic dashboard shows no evident damage
Steering wheel looks fantastic
Lovely BMW instrument cluster
Heating and blower work well according to the vendor
Some light patina around the driver’s door
Sony head unit reportedly does not work
Boot lining appears to be in good condition
Not reported corrosion in boot floor
Original complete tool kit and spare wheel
Fully resprayed during the restoration
Newly replaced kidney grille
Side bumpers and chrome also replaced
All chrome fixtures are present
Yellow light covers look good, very clean
Scuff marks and surface corrosion stains present on the wheels
Lots of tread on the tyres according to the owner
Some peeling to the rear bumper
Light bubbling on the rear wheel arches
Signs of rust repair throughout the body
Surface corrosion visible underneath
2.5-litre straight six, 143hp
Four-speed manual gearbox
Engine bay looks very clean
Extensive overhaul over the past year
Around 8,000€ spent on the car
Brakes fully redone, except discs
Shock absorbers replaced
New exhaust line fitted
Very pleasant to drive
No smoke or troublesome sounds
Does not consume oil
Recently restored, this BMW E12 presents in a very nice condition, all whilst showing some patina. There are still signs of wear and tear, but the current owner has seemingly focused on the mechanical elements of the car, totally overhauling many of its underpinnings.
Capped off with a respray and a very good condition original interior, it is sure to attract looks when out and about.
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