10k: Black Beauty: 1988 BMW M5 E28

The BMW M5 was released to the public in 1988 and performed like a sports car, not just in straight-line speed, but also in the curves, and was legitimately the world’s first 4-door sports car.  The guys who put together fantastic short films over at Petrolicious recently released a video about an original owner 1988 BMW M5 and it is worth the watch.  Now that your E28 M5 appetite is whetted, consider picking up this 1988 BMW M5 for $8,500 in Hagerstown, MD. 

In the US the E28 M5 was only offered for one year and only offered in one color, jet black.  It came the way you see here and the only consumer selectable option was heated seats.  Everything else: the central locks, computer, leather door panels, power windows, full trunk carpet, air conditioning and shadow-line trim were standard.

Standard for the M5, but uncommonly good, was the big six under the hood, a dual-overhead-cam 3.5 liter S38B35 pumping out 256 horsepower back when the 5.7 liter V8 in the Corvette only made 245 hp.  BMW only built 2000 of them for worldwide consumption before going back into their engineering cubicles to design the next German loony wagon, so they qualify as rare cars as well.

Final thoughts: this seems to be a really good asking price for an E28 M5 and the ad isn’t exactly brand new, so there may be more than meets the eye.  As always, it is best to contact the seller, do your homework, do an inspection, and hire an expert if you are incapable yourself. 

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