1986 E28 M535i ADZ5240
Alpine White with pacific blue sports cloth interior.
Purchased new on St. Patricks day 1986 from Bavarian BMW in Belfast this example has worn its years incredibly well, still in fabulously original condition it was found languishing in Cornwall a little green around the edges and generally unkempt my plan was never to take away from its survivor looks but to enhance what had survived and add a period twist.
Always had a soft spot for A.C. Schnitzer styling and upgrades but finding original period parts from the 1980s was never going to be easy and as it proved just so.
Correct fitment steering wheel was first several years went passed and the wheels appeared on German eBay in the correct sizes of 8.5”x 17” et13 another two years before the rocker cover was sourced again in Germany and eight years to find the correct gear knob at eye watering cost.
Within my ten year tenure ADZ has received everything and way more than it ever needed in the normal preventative maintenance thinking.
From annual servicing and replacing every facet of the suspension to £0.60 rubber stoppers for door locks this has been an investment of passion for genuine originality and the reward of concours perfection.
Multiple show winner and UK concours finalist it’s been a highly enjoyable journey to attain more than I ever hoped for in the search for ‘perfection’ so what’s changed?
Nothing, it’s just time for something else my love of all pre 90s BMWs hasn’t died just taking a different route.
BMW 1986 M535i M30 3.5 218bhp LSD
Dinan ECU upgrade
Magnecor HT leads
Fritz Bits Stainless Six branch manifold
Fritz Bits stainless system
Bilstein B8 Dampers
Whiteline rear ARB and poly drop links
Front M5 ARB upgrade with E39 rear bush mod
Goodridge stainless brake lines
E34 M5 306mm front brake upgrade
E81 aluminium front lower arm upgrade
All other suspension components are new OEM (everything)
Schintzer Type 1 splits rebuilt in 2016, painted centres in the correct paint code, barrels powder coated and lips re-polished all as per factory, Falken Fk452s 235.40.17
Original dealer fitted Pioneer Ts1600 head unit and speakers, great sound quality and 32 years old!
Schnitzer front and rear strut braces
Full and immaculate tool kit
Original dealer number plates and tax disc holder.
Perfect spare wheel, jack, wheel chock and wheel brace.
Everything works as it should tonnes of paper history, including all the original books, service history etc.
Ten years of replacing nuts and bolts (OEM) for no other reason than the highest level of finish as possible as well as many hundreds of other minor and often unseen parts.
Single biggest non-trade customer at my local BMW dealer.
This is as good as E28s get after thirty years, as close to a unique opportunity to buy a proper car as it gets, this is a genuine top 5 of the UK cars left and I know all the others…..
Ready to be enjoyed with a current MOT.
Car is located in Northern Ireland which isn’t the dark side of the moon with flights and ferries easily accessible and all rules on MOT etc. are within UK statute.
Retro Px considered, Bmw, classic Mini, William s Clio.
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