There’s something about an M Sport badge that seems to press all of our buttons here at PistonHeads. When attached to the correct car it often means there's oodles of horsepower lurking beneath the bonnet, but nowadays the ‘M’ brand has been diluted somewhat by the extensive BMW options list that lets every Tom, Dick and Harry have a slice of M Badge action.

But Shed’s not worried about all that, and has gone back to a time when that tricolour badge meant something. Ok, so this Shed isn’t a full fat E28 M5, but that was never going to be realistic for the £1k budget. What we’ve got here is the semi-skimmed M535i, the lightly M’d version of the standard 5-Series 535i.

Whereas the 286bhp M5 rolled out of the BMW Motorsport factory in fairly limited numbers, making a good one a relatively rare find nowadays, plenty of M535s rolled off the production lines and it’s not hard to see why.

Although the 3430cc straight-six engine was standard 535 equipment, buyers were no doubt lured in by the M535’s trump card, a limited slip diff. Despite producing a pretty paltry (by modern standards) 207bhp, the fact that it has a slippy diff and is complimented by M Sport suspension makes this Autobahn-cruising beauty a real catch. Who can resist these classic early 5-series looks, with room for five and the hardware to let you swing the tail out when the mood takes you? Not us, that’s for certain.

This particular M535 found lurking in the PH classifieds doesn’t look like its felt the weight of a thousand Germans backsides, which isn’t surprising as it’s based in Yorkshire, and looks in top shape inside and out. It also boasts being totally unmodified and un-abused, a bonus for any speedy Munich barge. There’s no mention of road tax, but with an MOT that runs until the end of August, the seller’s new baby burden will be someone else’s gain....even with that auto box.

PistonHeads Ad says: M535i Auto 108k miles Arctic Blue Metallic (1985)) MOT until August. Plenty of history. Sensible enthusiast owner: unmodified; unabused. A great example of this increasingly rare 80s sports saloon. In one of the better colours with a tan/beige cloth sports interior, this car is mechanically super with solid bodywork that requires one or two minor jobs to do it justice. Performance from the standard M30 3.5 litre straight six is awesome, with LSD, MTECH suspension and ABS to aid control. Matching Goodyear GSD3s all round on 17" Alpina replicas have some life left, but aren't new. The switchable sports auto is one of the best. In economy I get 22-25mpg around town, more like 30 on a longhaul. Put it into sports and it will redline in each gear. But the best bit is that in sports, you can effectively change up on the throttle: floor it and it revs freely, then with a small reduction in pedal pressure, it changes up. Effectively quicker changes than a manual. Selling due to third child and need for 7 seater.  £987.



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  • 03 Apr 2009

    Fantastic car!

    Shouldn't even be classed as a shed, it's too good!

  • Garlick 03 Apr 2009 said:
    Fantastic car!

    Shouldn't even be classed as a shed, it's too good!
    'Shed of the Week' doesn't actually mean it's a shed, it's a name that has stuck over time for the feature. We actually look for the best car we can find for sale under £1000 smile

  • Mafioso 03 Apr 2009

    Nice but it looks like the tyres'll want changing soon.

  • W00DY 03 Apr 2009

    I was ready to jum in the car before i saw t was an auto, still looks an absolute bargain though. The price seems a strange number to pick, but this has to be the best find yet. What happened to PH shed trading?

  • vz-r_dave 03 Apr 2009

    I always want one but never get round to it. what are the known problems with them?

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