With just four previous keepers, this wonderfully original BMW M5 E39 was first registered on the 1st of March 2002 and has been treasured ever since with a wonderfully comprehensive service and preventative maintenance history thanks to its fastidious owners.
It paid off though because this is one of the best we’ve seen in a very long time. It starts, runs and drives exactly as it should; our boss has the same model and he reckons the E39 BMW M5 is the best M car of them all - and possibly the finest everyday car in the world. That’s quite the statement, but a few minutes behind the wheel of this example makes us think he might just have a point…
Only now being offered for sale as the owner hasn’t used it as much as he thought he would in the four years he’s owned it, it is being offered with no reserve so will sell from the very first bid.
The Silverstone Blue bodywork is in terrific condition, with the sort of tight, even panel gaps and ripple-free flanks that speak of a life gently led. The paintwork is bright and shiny too, and its subtle hint of colour is a welcome change to the more usual silver. It looks to be original too, with no apparent evidence of either restoration or accident damage repairs.
The M5 also sits right, with a perfect stance and a subtle, menacing air we find irresistible. It’s a car that too many people try to ‘improve’ with bigger wheels, lower-profile tyres, and even lower suspension, all of which are guaranteed to muck up its looks, ride and handling, so it’s a refreshing change to discover one that still looks and performs as BMW intended.
The sliding metal sunroof opens and closes as it should, and seals tightly against the elements.
The original equipment alloy wheels are free of scrapes, dings and other damage and are so bright and well-finished that they have almost certainly been refurbished in the car’s recent past. If so, they have been finished in the correct shade for the model, which indicates an obsessive attention to detail in maintaining the car’s correct specification. The wheels are also shod with matching tyres, all of which have good tread.
As we will never tyre of explaining, our experience shows that matching tyres like this are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly. Their presence does not, of course, preclude the need for a thorough inspection - something the vendor would welcome, by the way – but do give you a shortcut into their attitude towards maintenance.
Work to do is limited to sorting out a few microblisters on the front bumper, and eradicating the small rust bubbles that are starting to develop on all four corners of the sills and on a small area of the offside rear wing. None of it is worrisome but it will need sorting out in the near future to forestall more serious problems arising and at least the winning bidder can take heart that no-one has given it a quick blowover to hide the situation.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of small jobs, the plastic covers on the ‘Angel Eye’ headlights have started to cloud over. Refreshing them would be an hour’s work with a specialist kit that costs about £20, or you could try a dab of Autosol or even toothpaste if you’ve got deep pockets and short arms; they haven’t deteriorated that badly at all and so should clean up easily and quickly.
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- LayoutFront Engined
- Size4,900 cc
- AspirationNormally Aspirated
- Power394 bhp
- Torque369 lbs/ft
- Top speed155 mph
- Acceleration0 to 62 in 5.3 secs
- Driven WheelsRear Wheel Drive
- Economy19.6 mpg
- Body typeSaloon
- Emissions346 (g/km)
- Vehicle height1,435 mm
- Vehicle width1,800 mm
Previous Owners 4
SoldThis vehicle is no longer for sale.
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