We just featured a e39 BMW 540i yesterday and while some would say it is too soon to feature another used/abused 5-series, we say its never too soon to share a rear-wheel drive luxury sedan that today is selling for 1/10th of its original MSRP. The e34 BMW 5-series is considerably more dated in appearance and therefore gives fast examples a ‘sleeper’ status since most e34s you see today are 525 automatics driven by professor types. This rare 1995 BMW 540i M-Sport 6-spd is not a car to drive your Yorkie to the pet salon, on the way to the used book store – it is a legitimate hoon-mobile and for sale in Fresno, CA for $5499 via craigslist.
In 1993 BMW introduced the M60B40 – a 4.0 liter all-alloy V8 to their 5-series lineup, but the M5 version continued to use BMW’s DOHC inline6 and was discontinued for the US market in 1993. BMW’s M division decided to give the outgoing e34 a last hoorah before the introduction of the e39 in the form of the 1995 model year only 540i M-Sport.
The M-Sport had many of the parts from the M5, including adaptive suspension, sport seats, re-calibrated steering ratio and M badging but was powered by the 282 horsepower V8 and mated to an automatic or (in this case) a 6 speed manual transmission. The M-Sport was offered in very limited quantities and according to internet lore only 139 of them were built with the 6 speed trans.
Now to the details that are less than stellar: this example has 177k miles on the odo and a salvage title..ouch…but its being offered for about half the cost of the “M-Sport” option (~$8k) that someone paid in addition to the $50k base price. So yes, it isn’t a low mile single owner example…but the price is right.
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Don’t think an e34 540 is fast? Check out Black Iron Racing’s old 540i $500 racer pass all manner of cars on track.