The BMW 5 series has been in production since 1972 and has been beloved by many as a practical drivers car. This is the second generation 5 series or E28 which first came out in 1981 and ended production in 1988.
This is a 1987 M535i imported from Japan. It originally had an automatic transmission but the previous owner swapped in a 5-speed manual. Only 9,483 of these were made. While not quite as rare as the M5, these have the same look for a fraction of the price. These were also never sold in the US so, it is pretty rare to see one stateside. These came with the same 3.5L inline 6 from the standard 535 producing the same 182hp. The M535i did come with upgraded “M-Technic” suspension and steering wheel. It also came with the same body cladding as the M5.
This M535i is in great condition. It does have aftermarket BBS wheels, aftermarket head unit as well as recently reupholstered leather seats. There are a few issues with it. The oil level low sensor is faulty. The driver’s seat leans slightly to the right. The power antenna will drain the battery if left for several days. The exterior has a paint chip on the hood that was filled in with oem color paint and slight clear coat peeling on the edge of the trunk lid and exterior mirrors. The paint is in otherwise great shape. The engine runs great. The transmission and clutch both work as they should without any grinding or slipping. Both the heat and ac work well. The tires are in great shape. All of the lights and electronics work as they should.