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The O.G. -- Original e28 M5

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: M5
  • Type: Sedan
  • Year: 1988
  • Mileage: 225,000
  • VIN: WBSDC9309J2791832
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Power options: Air Conditioning, Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: natur
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Leather Seats, Sunroof
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Hopewell, New Jersey, United States


I am sad to be departing with my beloved 1988 M5. It is a real enthusiast machine and a head-turner for those in the know. According to Wikipedia, the e28 M5 “remains among the rarest regular production BMW Motorsport cars – after the BMW M1 (456 units), BMW E34 M5 Touring (891 units) and the BMW 850CSi (1510 units).” Moreover, the straight six S38 motor is a piece of beauty and a sight to behold. This example is all original, and in fairly good condition—great condition considering the mileage (225,000). The interior exhibits a reasonable amount of wear and tear, although the seats are in exceptional condition considering the mileage (I believe them to be refinished). The dash is cracked, buttons faded, some seat belts not complete, and the radio is missing (at some point an aftermarket unit and woofer was installed). The mechanics are very strong, however—the car drives great, although it needs some bushings, shocks, and TLC generally. It has, however, had many semi-recent service items including a new water pump, new fuse box, SLS service, shift linkage bushing replaced, etc. (and new Michelin Pilot Sports). The body panels all have VIN stickers except a “DOT-R” sticker under the hood. I have always cared well for the car as I love it dearly, but with a project home and a baby I just have not had time to tackle every non-essential project. The car has very little rust, just surface rust on the inside lip of the trunk, within the truck itself, and a very slight amount on the lip of the front fender—all pictured at the link below. Additionally, the trunk carpeting is missing, the windows are tinted, and the fuse box needs to be reinstalled correctly (wipers and high-beams not currently working as a result). Every now and then the tachometer and power door locks fail intermittently, due to a bad connection somewhere. The car needs some sorting, but it is a good driver’s car. It comes with some new OEM extras, including a new set of tools, decals, etc. Please see all additional photos featured here: Please inquire with any questions. I reserve the right to terminate this auction prior to completion.