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1979 BMW E12 528i LHD

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  • Rare Japanese market car, believed one of 1,170 
  • Highly original interior and paintwork 
  • Recently recommissioned by vendor 
  • Classic Paul Bracq and Marcello Gandini design 
  • Recent full service 
  • Desirable 2.5litre fuel injected model 

The Appeal 

If you can’t beat them, join them. That was surely the motto when BMW watched what arch rivals Mercedes-Benz had achieved in the mid size saloon market and decided it wanted some of the action. 
BMW poached the firm’s designer, Paul Bracq who, aided by none other than Marcello Gandini, quickly penned what became the classic E12, the first of the 5-Series and a car whose basic profile endures to this day.  
There were a huge range of engine options, including desirable Kugelfisher fuel injected models, and the E12 sold worldwide. 
This 1979 facelift 528i has recently been repatriated from Japan to Poland where it has been sympathetically recommissioned. Believed one of only 1,170 in this Japanese specification, it is highly original. Stepping into the olive green velour interior is a particular treat. This is certainly one for classic saloon enthusiast.  

The History and Paperwork 

  • We are told this is a 1979 facelift model 
  • Imported from Japan to Poland in 2020 
  • Reconditioned on arrival by the seller including a full service in 2021 
  • Retains much originality including market-specific bodywork stickers 
  • The vendor tells us that the paintwork is original 
  • Unfortunately at the time of writing we have no further details on the history 

The Condition 

  • Highly original car inside and out, only the alloys are later additions 
  • Attractive period-appropriate burnt yellow paintwork we are told is original 
  • Japanese market larger impact-bumper model with additional reflection lights under the rear bumper and red line on the speedometer starting from 100km/h
  • No visible corrosion or damage to exterior panels 
  • Exterior chromework in good order with no noticeable damage or tarnishing 
  • Lights and glasswork in similar condition with no misting or cracks 
  • Fitted with 5 alloy wheels like in the original (including spare) all with Continental tyres
  • Superb interior in very well preserved condition with all original fittings including radio 
  • Stand-out olive green velour neatly complements bodywork and is highly kept 
  • Original carpets in matcihng colour showing only light discolouration at rear 
  • Veneers in good order with no visible damage or delamination 
  • Dashboard and door fittings well kept with clear decals and no broken or missing items 
  • Solid boot floor indicates quality of the structure 
  • Underside is solid with no structural issues to report 
  • Factory tool kit correctly in place under boot lid, not fully complete 
  • A/C was re-comissioned for a EU compliant coolant, it works perfectly 
  • All new front shock absorbers, 
  • All suspension joints were changed and the seller has a full list of works that was done to the car (about EUR 8000 was spent on the service)

The Mechanics 

  • Desirable M30 2.5litre straight six fuel injected engine developing over 180bhp 
  • Three speed automatic ZF gearbox 
  • Full service undertaken by vendor in 2021 
  • Recommissioned by vendor following importation in 2020 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1979
  • Make BMW
  • Model 5 Series
  • Colour Yellow
  • Odometer 143,000 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2500
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Warszawa
  • Location International
  • Country Poland

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