SPOTTED: BMW 525E
BMW was doing the Efficient Dynamics thing way back when, the result being this rather lovely 5 Series
In the UK the car used a four-speed auto with very long gearing to squeeze extra miles from all that leaded gas. The upshot was 129hp, 177lb ft and, in normal driving, a car that would happily stay with a 528i and return over 30mpg.
I have a vested interest in E28 values, so I will now add some puff to increase their prices, something along the lines of that old chestnut "these rare vehicles are increasingly falling into the hands of collectors". Well, they're not really, but doesn't the E28 just look like a BMW saloon should? Shark nose, Hoffy kink, small enough to thread and yet big enough to carry adults.
the P1 project. These are the most fastidious people on the planet. They make NASA engineers look like burger-flippers.
I also like his turn of phrase. "Either use it as a beautiful, stylish everyday car, as I have, or wrap it in cotton wool for the future." That seems like an excellent way to summarise this delectable piece of early eco-engineering.
Engine: 2,693cc 6-cyl
Transmission: 4-speed, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 129@4,250rpm
Torque (lb ft): 177@3,250rpm
Top speed: 111mph
On sale: 1983-1988
Price new: £14,750 (1987)
Price now: £3,200
[Figures from Autocar]
See the original advert here.