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1991 BMW M5 Sedan
VIN – WBSHD9310MBK05515
Exterior Color – Glanzschwarz
Interior Color – Black Leather
Engine – S38B36 3,535 cc inline-six
Transmission – 5 speed manual
Mileage – 124,939
Current owner – purchased in 2001, records from 2001 with 91,500 miles, with approximately 32,000 miles accumulated by current owner since 2001 (approx. 1,600 miles per year).
Developed as the premier series performance sedan for the BMW line, the M5 continues to be a landmark car still produced by BMW today. First launched in the mid-1980s in the E28 chassis, the E34 M5 offered handsome design refinements and improvements to the powertrain and suspension. The S38B36 inline-6 developed 310bhp with an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. The unique M-System “Style 20” 17x8J wheels were developed with bolt-on fan inserts and matched left and right-side directional covers to direct air to the brakes. Although considered to be production cars, each M5 was carefully built with hand assembly at a very high cost for the times. Today these cars have an extensive following among M-series enthusiasts.
History and Ownership
With records dating to 2001, this example is a U.S. specification car that has been owned and properly maintained by long-time BMWCCA members (a father and son) over the past 20 years and was part of a collection of “daily use” BMWs that included an E30 325e, E28 535is, and E46 328Ci. The car comes with extensive service records by Bavarian Professionals in Berkeley, CA, and has had regular maintenance as needed. History of services include AC hoses, AC O-rings, Dinan “Stage 1” suspension upgrade with red Konis and SLS removal, new front brake discs and pads, new battery in 2020, new trailing arm links along with cosmetic paint work performed in 2011, and minor rear damage to bumper repaired and repainted in 2014. The car has been displayed at Legends of the Autobahn, Radwood, and has been driven on the Breakfast Club Rally. It is also listed on the BMW M Registry.
Recent Mechanical Work Performed
December 2017 121,946 miles – oil and filter change, new headlight
March 2020 122,295 miles – valve clearance checked, new spark plugs, fuel, air, and oil filter installed, brake fluid flush, anti-freeze flush, new timing chain tensioner installed, new idler arm installed.
September 2020 - new battery installed
June 2021 123,105 miles – AC converted to R134 refrigerant, oil and filter change, replace trunk shocks, install new trunk roundel.
September 2021 124,917 – install new bulbs for instrument cluster.
Cosmetic and Mechanical Condition
Having been maintained and enjoyably used by the current owners for the past 20 years, this M5 presents today as a very nice combination of a well-preserved family sedan with clean driver- level cosmetics and clean interior. Digital paint meter readings indicate the trunk lid, hood, and roof have been repainted while the remaining surfaces (doors and fenders, both sides) reflect finish readings consistent with original paint. The metal body panels are in excellent condition with all original VIN tags present. The finishes are glossy and smooth, the body panel lines, door gaps, and overall fit are excellent from all views. All opening features operate with ease and shut properly, displaying smooth factory finishes on all inner strike surfaces. The glass, lighting, lenses, emblems, and unique M features are all in place and in excellent condition. The BMW wheels are in generally good condition showing some finish fade on the outer edges of the wheels which are covered with a set of BMW M System turbine wheel covers that show minimal signs of wear. Darker-colored M5s featured lower body panels in a light anthracite finish which have been painted body color on this car. Door handle gaskets show signs of deterioration but function normally. Interior door panels show partial delamination which is common on almost all E34 M5s. Car has tinted windows that were added by the previous owner (before current ownership).
The interior features supple black leather seating which has been properly maintained though showing typical age to the driver’s side seat bolsters and a few other nicks and minor surface scuffs. The carpeting and foot wells are in good condition, while the switches, control surfaces, and dash panel are very nicely preserved throughout. The radio has been replaced with a newer Alpine unit with Bluetooth features. The original BMW radio/cassette player (with factory security code) is included. The sun visors and the headliner are in generally good condition with slight sagging of the headliner above the rear seat headrests. The front seats are power operated with electronic headrests, thigh bolsters, and seat heating. The shift knob is aftermarket. The car was delivered with a BMW cell phone and trunk-mounted CD changer, both of which were removed and are no longer available. There are no aftermarket speakers or amplifiers. The trunk is in very good condition overall with no damage or excessive use marks on the interior side panels. The BMW jack is included and the tool kit contains partial tools.
Under the hood, the BMW M series 3.6 in-line six-cylinder engine is a direct descendent of the legendary M1 and fills the engine compartment with impressive detail including six individual throttle bodies. Factory original components are in place with preserved labels and decals (with the exception of the hood pad heat insulation strip). The mechanical condition of the car overall is quite good with excellent cosmetic presentation to the engine compartment. Underside photos show condition reflective of the current miles, updated Dinan suspension, and generally a well-maintained underside. The muffler is showing evidence of corrosion. The underside shows no visual evidence of structural compromise to the floor or suspension mounting points and no accidents are reported on the clean Carfax. The car is fully California emissions compliant with a long history of smog checks.
This BMW M5 represents one of the finest M series performance sedans available from this period. Rare 1990s series cars have become increasingly hard to find including factory black on black cars with nicely maintained cosmetics and low miles.
Included with the car:
The car is accompanied by an owner’s manual copy, alpine radio manual, original BMW radio, an additional set of BMW M System II “throwing star” wheel covers (with correct-length bolts), Racing Dynamics shock tower bar, 2 keys, E34-specific rubber floor mats, an original spare wheel and tire, original BMW jack, and a partial set of factory tools.
Walkaround Video: https://youtu.be/Pn2756X5gio
Driving Video: https://youtu.be/PJ1kyIV8hV8
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