Just like the Jaguar Mk. II had done in the 1960’s, the BMW M5, effectively reinvented the popular notion of a sports Saloon. Based on the E34 chassis which was produced at BMW’s Dingolfing plant, the E34 generation of the M5 was produced from September 1988 to 1995. It was hand-built at BMW M GmbH in Garching, Germany. Assembly was done either by a single M employee or a team of M employees and generally took about two weeks. In the second half of 1991, engine displacement was increased to 3.8 litres with the S38B38. Power was now increased to 335bhp and the E34 M5 was the last M5 to feature an engine with a historical link to a BMW Motorsport racing engine. An E34 M5 was raced in the Australian 1992 Bathurst 12 Hour Production Car endurance race, placing 2nd overall and 1st in class. It was driven by former F1 champion Alan Jones, Neville Crichton and BMW Touring car driver, Tony Longhurst.
Rolling off the BMW production line on 9th March 1990 to its first German customer, this early M5 was specified with a number of options such as an alarm system, sunroof, sun-blinds, ski sack, a mirror package, heated seats, climate control, and a BMW Bavaria CD player with hi-fi speaker.
Finished in Macao Blau Metallic with a full black leather interior, and showing a mere 82,000 kilometres recorded, this is a good example of BMW’s genre-defining classic; a modern executive car with truly supercar performance.