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I couldn't resist .

Being a coach at Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club and having a huge passion for the classic BMWs , I had to purchase Sir Henry's former UK RHD E28 M5 .

The car had been owned by the seller , a genuine enthusiast , since 1990 with Sir Henry listed as the previous owner on the logbook !

Apparently , when the owner met Sir Henry and mentioned that he now owned his former car , Sir Henry remarked that his chaffeur used to regularly slip off in the M5 to take it for a spin !

Anyway , it's mine now , so that's 2 of the 187 landed !







 

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Well done D...another one saved!

Please tell us more about it, i.e. serial number, colour, mileage, etc.

In the pictures, the body colour looks blue - would that be Lapis, Cosmos or Royal Blue?

I do like the non-shadowline look on this car, while the Pearl Beige leather completes the look.

A fine stablemate for Diana - what have you decided to name her?

Cheers:M5thumbs:
 

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Thanks Guys ........ I'm well chuffed !

The spoiler was made to order for the previous owner , apparently by the same firm that made the rear spoilers for the Lotus Carlton .

I believe she is Royal Blue ........ will check tomorrow .

There's only one name for her : Blue Belle !

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very well done David! you really now how to live the life!!! congratulations on your new classic!
this is one car i want to have......one day!

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Thanks James .

BTW she is Chassis No : 147 , so quite a late one .

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Hi David,

Interesting new toy you have there - good colour combination, too and the long ownership sounds promising. It's a 'sleeper' - a car of which I have not previously been 'aware'.

There were 8 GB cars supplied in Royal Blue (at least one of these has been resprayed a different colour since). Three of those cars had Pearl beige trim, all were leather. This one came with 301 anti-theft lock, 510 interior headlight adjustment and 715 M-Technic aerodynamic styling kit.

According to the detail I have to hand, it was built in week 11 of 1987 and first registered as D716 OKR on 08/05/87 by Whitehouse (Ruxley) Ltd. So it didn't hang around before registration; the specification of the adjacent cars suggest it might have been part of a stock order but if you know different then please let me know!

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Mfiver
 

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Hallo Steve ,

Always good to hear from you , even if I have to buy another M5 before you awaken !

It's a great little car and I hope to be get to know her intimately going forward .

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How much does one of these go for in the UK now?

There is a very nice example (virtually concourse) of an ex UK E28 M5 for sale in Sydney at the moment that i could pick up for around A$22k (12,500 pounds).
 

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How much does one of these go for in the UK now?

There is a very nice example (virtually concourse) of an ex UK E28 M5 for sale in Sydney at the moment that i could pick up for around A$22k (12,500 pounds).
If it's a low mileage car with good history, $A22k is a fair price - I paid less than that for my SA-built M5 with 146k kms.
Nearly all ex-UK cars are prone to the dreaded tin-worm, so have a very close look at all the common rust areas.
Even my seemingly rust-free SA car had some problem rust areas that were only revealed during disassembly of certain areas that were not visible prior to purchasing it.
And of course, davidoli will tell you all about the joy of corrosion, from his experiences with Diamond Diana.
Hopefully Blue Belle won't need such extensive surgery, D:M5thumbs:


[It would be good to hear more about the Sydney car - its serial number and history, etc, but for that I'd recommend starting a new thread, rather than hijacking this one].
 

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Its really good to have someone to ask, when it comes to this kind of information mfiver gives us about our m5s.


BTW, congratulations Davioli, always nice to own an m5, and there can never be too many!
 

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Blue Belle

Eager to hear what shape she's in and if there any immediate issues to resolve.:M5thumbs:
 

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She's currently on my ramp and an initial inspection shows that there is some welding required to the front jacking points / footwells , yet the rears seem remarkably solid ( better than on Diamond Diana when first purchased ) .

She has been treated to new brake lines , front to rear , and the front arb drop links look relatively clean , suggesting that the car was well serviced during the twenty years of the previous owner's tenure .

Most importantly , the engine starts on the button and runs smoothly , confirming that the timing chain , tensioners and head related components have all been renewed as the previous owner stated .

A friend and fellow BMW enthusiast has shown a keen interest in taking on the project and has been trying to acquire Diamond Diana for quite some time , despite my flat refusal to sell her , so I am seriously considering allowing him the pleasure of making her beautiful again .

Decisions , decisions .........
 

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Congrats on Blue Belle David, A rare car with a story to tell. You can never have enough M5's.

Glad she has found a good home. I hope there is not to much work required to get her up to your standard.

Where do you find all these cars??

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Nick.
 

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Thanks Nick.........

Until you know the specialist BMW handshake I cannot reveal my sources !

Meanwhile , Blue Belle now has a new owner ......... A former associate and someone that I now regard as a friend , Richard , the owner of Big Bavarian Beauties ( BMW Specialists and E30 Conversion Whizzes ) and fellow enthusiast has finally manged to bag himself a unique UK RHD E28 M5 of his own after much time attempting to separate me from my first true E28 M5 love , Diamond Diana !

I'm sure that he will find the time and desire to return Blue Belle to her former best and I will resist the urge to consider that I may have let one of the best E28 M5s that I have owned slip through my fingers !

Hopefully , Richard will join the board and keep us fellow E28 M5 lovers updated of progress ?!

 
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