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1986 BMW M5 (E28)

Lot No.: 711

Registration: C826 STF
Chassis Number: WBSDC920101679015
Engine Number: 600239030527
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3453
Year of Manufacture: 1986
Sold for (£): 29,810

"The worlds fastest four door saloon" was the tag given to the BMW M5 when introduced in February 1984 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. The E28 was a fantastic base chassis which BMW's 'M Division" then modified by hand to create the original M5. They changed the engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes, seating, dash, steering wheel, wheels and tyres, and finally the spoiler and body kit. It was an epic performance car and just 129 right-hand drive cars were ever produced, with this particular car being the UK press car.

In addition to fitting the amazing 3.5-litre, 24 valve engine, originally found in the BMW M1, the car was offered with a very high spec including ABS, Air con and leather upholstery. This particular car, however, also had many unique options specified, including:

Blue Black special paint

Special red leather upholstery


Electric sunroof

Rear window blind

Electric front seats

Rear seat head restraints

Headlamp wash wipe

It has one of the most comprehensive history files we have ever seen, with all bills, invoices and receipts from the very beginning. The mileage today is 150,000 but the car has had professional rebuilds to the engine, gearbox, suspension, bodywork and differential during it's recent life and has been maintained fastidiously throughout. It ticks over beautifully, pulls strongly and shows no sign of smoke. It gives the same rewarding drive as it did back in the day with crisp, precise handling and lots of power available through the delightful close ratio manual gearbox. Offered direct from the well known classic stable of rock legend Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, it represents a very rare opportunity to own an important part of BMW's amazing history dating back to when BMW really were world leaders in producing very high performance, low volume, luxury cars.