1986 BMW 535i - today's tempter

By: Unique Cars magazine

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Modern classic

If this car looks vaguely familiar, it may be because it featured as a reader resto in Unique Cars mag, early last year. We noted: "This E28 5 Series was built in Munich in February 1986 as a special release model for the flagging Australian luxury car market. The list of extra fruit added to entice buyers included unique alloy wheels with 220mm-section width rubber, flared wheel arches, and a leather-trimmed three-spoke M-badged steering wheel.

"In a case of impeccably poor timing, it eventually arrived in Melbourne in October 1987, just as international stock markets crashed. Globally shares plummeted by an average of 25 per cent but the impact was felt worse in Australia, where the market washed off a staggering 40 per cent."

That pretty well spiked the luxury car market, which in turn has made good-quality E28 BMWs of the era very thin on the ground.

Under the bonnet you got a 3.5lt inline six – the legendary M30 powerplant – matched to a four-speed auto with three electronic drive modes. It was a reasonably quick car, claiming a top speed just over 207km/h.

It’s located in the Albury/Wodonga district and is on the market for $50,000.


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