My Own Little Eleanor: 1988 BMW 535i E28

In the Nick Cage classic “Gone in 60 Seconds”, the protagonist (and car thief) hunts his white whale — Eleanor. She is a unicorn, an elusive 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 that is impossible to capture. No matter how many times he tried, Memphis could not capture it…and I’ve got a similar car. Not one I’m planning on stealing for the Ukrainian mafia, but one I’d like to have in my garage. The E28 BMW 5-series. Sure, I’ve driven a few. I even took one to the top of the podium at the 24 Hrs of LeMons in 2007 (and another to the scrap heap after the first race in 2006, training wheels welded on as penalty, People’s Choice award…good times)…but I’ve never owned or daily driven an E28 535i. I still have the itch and someday I’ll get a manual version before they are all crushed or become victim of hipster price bloat. Find this 1988 BMW 535i E28 offered for $2850 in Petaluma, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1988 bmw 535i
condition: fair
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 343000
paint color: brown
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: sedan

Car has had lots of improvements over the years. Recently all new injectors installed and it was running great. Right now there seems to be a fuel issue that I can’t solve, mechanic says it getting too much fuel so when you drive it drives very rough. Buyer must be willing to purchase without a smog and as is. This a really a fun car to drive not like the new ones where everything is controlled by the computer. Speedometer not always working but it does has lot of miles. This a great project car and I’m open to any serious offer.

See a better way to drive your unicorn?