Two questions - firstly, do we think the market will like one that's not in its factory colour? Secondly, if the VIN decoder is to be believed, my car (#21) has a production date of a day earlier than this one - I guess they didn't quite come off the line sequentially!
Yes, No. 19 rolled off the line one day after yours, on 4th June 1986.
First registered in the UK on 06-Oct-1986 as D474 FYN by BMW-owned dealership Park Lane Ltd, the car was initially designated as a ‘Training and Development’ vehicle and was kept at BMW GB’s Bracknell training facility.
As such, the car would have spent much of its early life being used to demonstrate things like valve adjustment, throttle setting and timing chain replacement, to BMW technicians who were sent to Bracknell for training, from dealerships throughout the UK.
It is thought that upon leaving Bracknell, the car was repainted by BMW GB at the request of her first private UK owner, but this has not been confirmed.
Just when she left the UK for the Far East is unknown, although a search of UK de-registration records may reveal this.
Likewise, very little is known of the car's subsequent Hong Kong history, other than the fact that she was purchased there by a Kiwi-expat friend of mine, who brought the car to NZ when he moved back here in 1999.
So this is an M5 with quite a history (albeit somewhat sketchy) and, although I'd love the car to remain in New Zealand, it would somehow be fitting to see her returned to her country of origin: even more so, to be restored to her original factory paint finish.