<B>1988 BMW M5 SEDAN</b>
Lot 59
1988 BMW M5 SEDAN
Sold for US$ 48,400 inc. premium

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1988 BMW M5 SEDAN

VIN. WBSDC930XJ2791970

3,453cc Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Fuel Injected
256bhp at 6,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*One year only U.S. model
*Fully sorted modern classic
*Known history from new
*The beginning of a legendary performance icon
*Extensive refurbishing by the nation's leading expert



THE BMW M5

With the 'homologation special' M3, BMW Motorsport GmbH went on to create its own powerful 'M-Power' brand of performance-enhanced luxury automobiles. The M5 debuted in 1985 and was based on the medium-sized 5-Series sedan. The M5 used the same 3,453cc 24-valve, six-cylinder engine that had been developed for the mid-engine M1 supercar and with 256bhp on tap, it had considerably more power than the M535i. The combination of this marvelous powerplant in a relatively lightweight body made for an outstanding performer. The M5 was capable of a six-second 0-60mph time and a top speed of 155mph, making it the quickest four-door production car of its day. Necessary chassis improvements included lowered and stiffened suspension, wider wheels, ABS-equipped ventilated disc brakes and a limited-slip differential as standard.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

As with nearly all of the 1,340 North American E28 M5s, this example was delivered in Schwarz Black over Natur Tan. The car was first purchased by David Sussam of Washington D.C. On file are all of the BMW service stamps covering Mr. Sussam's six years of ownership. In 1993 the M5 moved south to Raleigh, North Carolina where it would live until 2014, when it was acquired by Enthusiast Auto Group of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Enthusiast Auto Group is widely known as the nation's leading expert in both sales and service of modern classic BMW M cars. Upon receiving the M5, which at this point had covered just over 82,000 miles, Enthusiast Auto Group treated the car to an extensive mechanical rejuvenation with receipts totaling over $13,000. After the work was completed and the M5 was in pristine mechanical condition, Enthusiast Auto Group sold the car to a doctor residing in Mattawan, Michigan in early 2015. The M5 would go on to be acquired by the current owner in early 2016.

Now considered a modern classic, this 'First Generation' M5 has covered fewer than 85,000 miles and must be one of the most well-maintained and properly sorted examples currently available. Accompanying the car are all of its original tools, manuals, keys, a BMW classic certificate, CARFAX report, and an extensive history file documenting its service from new. As these early model M cars continue to command the attention of collectors worldwide, this fantastic M5 is surely one not to be missed.
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