Lot 208 - 2000 BMW M5 Saloon
|Odometer reading||104,000 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £14,000|
Just like the Jaguar Mk. II had done in the 1960's, the BMW M5, newly introduced for 1998, effectively reinvented the popular notion of a sports saloon. Jaguar had just introduced an XJR with 365bhp, and Mercedes-Benz's latest E55 produced 350bhp so, after a three-year absence, BMW responded last with an automotive knock-out punch: the E39 M5. Its muscular bodywork concealed a 5.0-litre, DOHC 32-valve, V8 with variable valve-timing producing roughly 400bhp and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Sitting on alloy wheels, daring drivers could sprint from 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds; faster than a Porsche 911, while roaring through the gears with a 7,000rpm redline and a throaty exhaust note blaring through four exhaust tips.
This superb M5 has had two former keepers and has been maintained to a very high standard with 11 stamps in the service book the first ten from the supplying deal and more recently by Ascot BMW. Finished in Le Mans blue with full black leather trim, this is a high specification example including double glazing. The engine burst into life when requested and the car drove smoothly, quietly but very efficiently on our test drive; the six-speed manual Getrag gearbox makes this car a delight to drive. Frequently BMW M5's have had a hard life; this example has clearly been very well looked after and presents in excellent order throughout. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 22nd June 2016, M5s were produced in limited numbers and as such are widely regarded as a future classic.
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