If you want this writer to put on his best Carnac the Magnificent costume and make a prediction, it is that the E28 535i won’t be an affordable classic for much longer. It will simply be a classic. The E28 generation 535i combines good looks rivaling the BMW E3 Bavaria with a rust proof chassis, modern ergonomics and fuel injected reliability. Find this 1985 BMW 535i E28 offered for $5,900 in Fernley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
The E28 market is currently cocooned, and as the bad examples get crushed and good ones get fixed/restored. Soon the entire market will have gone through a metamorphosis from slimy caterpillar to butterfly. Get yours while the pricing is good. Seriously, the 535i was on my short list before I picked up the Draken…and it would certainly have been a more reliable and easier daily driver.
The E28 535i is powered by BMW’s M30B34, a 3.4 liter SOHC inline-6 rated at 182 horsepower and mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 535i doesn’t have the maniac thrill of the S38 powered M5, but it certainly beats the pants off of most other mid 80s luxury sedans from anywhere in the world. This example looks nice on the inside and out in the photos, and 120k miles on a car this old isn’t a bad thing.
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