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.
Ohh…this is one is so tempting. Seriously, please buy this car before I do. It combines the sweet styling of an E28 with the inevitable torque of a small block Ford V8. Just need to change the plan from the current AOD/C4 to a T5 and we’re in business. Oh yeah, you’ll also need to assemble everything yourself because it comes like a Lego kit. Find this 1984 BMW 524TD Ford V8 Ready offered for $2850 in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.
Welcome to Leap Day on DT, where we look at cars ready to take the Leap from depreciated crap to appreciating classic: I’ve got to admit that I have a soft spot for the E28 generation BMW 5-series…particularly the zippy 535i with a manual gearbox. I’ve personally driven 2 of them to their unfortunate death […]
This next car comes from tipper Jake who writes: You absolutely canâ€™t go wrong here. Amen, brother…Amen. This is not the preferred 535i “injection” version and is instead the 528e version…e is short for ETA, and is not, contrary to popular belief, named after the Basque separatist group, but is instead named ETA for the Greek […]
The E28 generation BMW 5-series market is currently somewhere between discarded junk and desirable classic, and the low mile, clean examples are starting to fetch decent money. The E28 also offers a purity of driving experience undulled by electronic power steering, stability control, traction control or any number of electronic nannies found in modern cars. […]
The E28 generation BMW 5-series is a favorite around here because a few reasons; manual transmissions are plentiful, the styling is pre-Bangled, performance/ride is modern, reliability isn’t bad, and prices are reasonable (at least until hipsters drive them up!). Obviously, we’d prefer the 182 horsepower 535i version that will keep up with modern traffic, but […]
Sorry about all the BMWs recently, I’ve just been feeling the German thing recently and…well…what am I apologizing for…if you don’t like BMWs go start your own Daily Turismo competitor site and call it Daily Not BMWs or Daily Honda. Anyway, I’m not a fan of buying cars that have “stopped running”, particularly if they […]
I’ve struggled with the decision about buying a depreciated late model (like a modern 2010ish BMW 535i) with manual gearbox or buying an appreciating classic from yesteryear — because the older car will possibly be worth more in a few years, but the modern car will be a faster and more reliable (probably?) ride? I’m […]
The E28 generation BMW 5-series market lives somewhere in that sweet no-mans-land between discarded junk and desirable classic, and the low mile, clean examples are starting to fetch decent money. The 524TD is a turbo diesel version was only imported into the US for two years. The USDM 524TD was sold with a low power […]
I don’t know what the future holds for automotive enthusiasts, but I can tell you for certain that we live in exciting times. A few years ago a car like this sweet BMW 5-series would have cost you an arm/leg and in a few years they’ll be all crushed or appreciated to silly money. New […]