1991 BMW E34 M5 – Today’s Super Sedan Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1991 BMW E34 M5 1991 BMW E34 M5

Last of the hand-built cars

The BMW E34 M5 was first released in September 1988, and production of the executive performance car ran through until 1995.

The E34 was the successor to the E28 M5, and represented fairly significant changes in pretty much every area single way compared to its predecessor.

The E34 was also the last M5 to be properly hand-built by either a single M employee or a team of M employees at BMWs Garching plant.

Power came from a stonking 3.6lt inline-six motor, designated S38B36, that produced 232kW and 360Nm. However, midway through 1991 the displacement of the inline six grew to 3.8lt - Australia never got it - and was subsequently called the S38B38. That increase in size equated to power now sitting at 250kW and 400Nm.

This oomph went to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission and, later in the M5 lifecycle, a six-speed manual. There was no automatic option.

The M5 was first made available to customers as a four-door sedan only. In 1992 BMW released a five-door wagon in LHD only, and just 891 of these were produced.

This particular E34 M5 is a 1991 model and, according to the seller, has 190,000 kilometres on the clock from new.

The seller is asking $45,000 for this four-door weapon, and anyone interested can view the full listing here.


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