We're all familiar with the weird, wonderful and sometimes extremely rare cars to have been unearthed in barns, but finds that reveal cars with only delivery mileage are almost unheard of. Imagine the excitement, then, when eleven unregistered E34 5 Series BMWs were discovered in a Bulgarian warehouse. The finder must have thought they'd landed upon a Bavarian gold mine.
It's thought that a hire car company purchased these E34s in 1994, but for reasons that are yet to be understood, they never saw use. After 25 years of abandonment, the line-up, comprised of one estate and ten saloons in 520i and 525i forms, is no longer immaculate, with some cars suffering paint fade or receiving dents and scratches over their lives. But, aside from one that looks to have a broken back window, the vast majority appear to have interiors in a showroom-like condition. The seats have even retained their plastic delivery covers!
Returning cars that have sat for so long to the road will be no simple task, as many PHers will know from first-hand experience. The suspension, brakes and hydraulics will likely all need attention, and there's no guarantee that rodents won't have gnawed their way through wires to render the electrics kaput. But, as far as the metal bits go, these cars are probably the best-kept E34s in existence. Certainly they'll be the most original.
Bulgaria doesn't allow cars not certified to modern emissions limits to be registered these days, so, according to Autoclub.bg, the cars are likely to be imported to Germany or other neighbouring countries for sale there, as they can be registered and put back on the road as classic cars. Thing is, E34s still exist in large numbers across Europe, and these 150hp 520i and 192hp 525i BMWs aren't the most sought after. As a result, the warehouse cars are estimated to sell for about €15,000 each. Not quite a gold mine, then, but still a very a handsome taking from a lucky find.
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