Lot 210 - 1981 BMW M535i (E12)

Lot 210 - 1981 BMW M535i (E12)

Lot 210 - 1981 BMW M535i (E12)

Lot Number 210
Registration ERV 686W
Chassis Number WBADG0204B4148333
Engine Number 4148333
Odometer reading 114,853 miles
Result Sold - £11,380
  • Recently re-painted in the correct Diamond Black
  • Engine rebuilt complete with correct dog-leg gearbox
  • Refreshed leather interior

When the BMW M535i was launched in 1980, it brought worlds together which had hitherto been separate: competition-like driving, comfort and elegance all in the dimensions of a top-of-the-range limousine. The Getrag gearbox connects to the rear axle and limited-slip differential and the braking system has been upgraded to discs all round with the suspension lower and stiffer and damped by Bilstein units. Front and rear spoilers give the car not just visual flair whilst the interior gained bolstered Recaro seats and the iconic M1 ‘flat’ sports steering wheel.

Not only does it benefit from a full engine rebuild but also a full respray to the original factory Diamond Black complete with M-Sport decals. A fresh windscreen has also been fitted with refreshed Recaro leather seats, a new radio to fill the void and electric windows. One important accessory is that new owner is presented with is an additional handbook in order to explain the changes between a standard roadgoing 5-Series saloon and an M535i. This is a rare idiosyncrasy that often goes missing early on in other examples purchased. Not this time, and also included is the non-standard speedo up to 240kmh and a full one-year MoT test certificate. Understated and very cool.


Consigned by Edward Bridger-Stille


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