Cheap Classic: 1979 BMW 528i E12

I know what you are going to say. Another day, another bumperless BMW on DailyTurismo..these guys are such Bavaian fanbois. Yeah. True. But here is the challenge. We will start posting more non-BMW cars when someone invents a time machine, goes back in time and convinces other manufacturers in the 70s-80s-90s to build high quality rear drive sedans with manual gearboxes in large enough volumes that they are cheap today. Until that time, the relentless stream of BMWs will continue. Deal? Find this 1979 BMW 528i offered for $6,500 in Irvine, CA via timemachine bookface.

From the seller:

1979 BMW series 5
Listed 2 days ago in Irvine, CA
About This Vehicle
Driven 178,000 miles
Manual transmission
Exterior color: Grey · Interior color: Tan
Fuel type: Gasoline
Good condition
Clean title
This vehicle has no significant damage or problems.

Seller’s Description
Selling my 1979 BMW E12.

I love this car, and hope it goes to a good home. Great survivor Anthracite Grey (Anthrazitgrau) example of the first ever BMW 5 series. I drove this car from Seattle to the Bay Area and then down to Orange County, dailied it, and am finally selling it to make room for my E28.

4spd manual, Bosch L-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, factory catalytic converter car, 178XXX miles. Euro rear bumper. Original M30B28 block, upgraded M90 head. Runs strong, keeps temperature well. No leaks anywhere, no warning lights.

Registered in California, passed smog first try. All gauges work and are accurate – temp, fuel, rev counter, speedo. Heater and fans warm/cool cabin incredibly quickly.

Stock springs + Bilstein B6 rear shocks. Fresh fuel lines, braking system, alternator, coolant reservoir, belts. Comes with lots of spares.

Originally a Seattle, Washington car. Comes with original 1979 Washington license plates (original 1979 plate CZD 547 is still on the front for decorative purposes, while the current California plate is on the rear). Car originally purchased in Seattle, driven down to Bay Area, then driven down to Orange County.

Asking $6500 OBO for an excellent daily drivable California-registered E12 survivor.

See a better way to drive grey?