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1979 BMW 525 E12


  • Recently restored example – 8,000€ spent
  • Starts and drives easily
  • Excellent and original interior condition

The Appeal

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

The Interior

  • 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

The Exterior

  • Fully resprayed during the restoration
  • Bumpers replaced
  • 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

The Mechanics

  • 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
  • Starts easily


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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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1979
  • Make BMW
  • Model 5 Series 525
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 224,168 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2494
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town La Frénaye
  • Location International
  • Country France

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