BMW E34 535i Sport
- Mileage: 79,213
- Year: 1990
- MOT Expiry: August 2018
- Exterior Colour: Glacier Blue Metallic
- Interior Colour: Indigo Blue Leather
- Top speed: 141
- 0-60mph: 7.4
- BHP: 211
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 3430cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
The E34 535i Sport was introduced to the UK market in 1989. It utilised the iconic M30 engine that has powered BMWs for 28 years starting in 1968 and included championship winning touring cars in the form of the E9 CSLs and the E24 coupes.
The E34 535i Sport had 211hp at 5,700 rpm and 225 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. This propelled the car from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds via the five-speed manual Getrag gearbox.
All official UK Sport models came factory fitted with aerodynamic M Technic body styling consisting of M front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and an M Technic rear boot spoiler. In addition to this they also came factory fitted with the following standard equipment; cloth or leather BMW sports seats – leather trim was a £1,079 optional extra, an M Technic I steering wheel, limited-slip differential, 30mm lower M Technic sports suspension manufactured by Boge/Bilstien, a close ratio 5-speed manual gearbox or the switchable 4-speed ZF automatic transmission (a £1,860 optional extra), shadowline tail pipe trim, chrome exterior trim or shadowline trim (a £389 cost option), and 15-inch BBS alloy wheels, although the very earliest Sport models came with larger 415mm BBS forged TRX alloys with metric tyres.
415mm BBS alloys, M Technic Sport Pack, M Technic steering wheel, Limited-slip differential (25%), M Technic sports suspension, Electrically adjustable Sports seats, Rear head restraints, Electric tilt/slide sunroof, Electric windows front and rear, Air conditioning, Headlamp wash/wipe, Electric door mirrors, Cruise control, On-board computer, Blaupunkt Montreux radio/cassette, Central locking, Warning triangle and first aid kit, Spare wheel, Spare key.
This stunning 535i Sport is finished in gorgeous Glacier Blue Metallic. The exterior appears in excellent condition; free from any dents or major scratches it truly defies its 28 years of age. On close inspection the rubbing strips and bumper plastics are all scuff-free and present beautifully. The chrome trim is also in fine fettle as are the lights front and rear, each remaining clear and without damage. A nice touch are the original dealer number plates that are still present with the car along with the complementing Barons rear window sticker.
The E34’s cabin is a lovely place to be. The superb Indigo Blue Leather sports seats are in exemplary condition and still boast full electrical functionality. The M Technic steering wheel and gear knob show no signs of heavy use and the leather is in wonderful condition. In the foot-wells the carpets are unmarked, and the boot area remains free from any stains. What’s more the car has never been smoked in, with all ashtrays remaining unused. The factory fitted Blaupunkt Montreaux cassette/radio completes the period aesthetic.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This example has covered a mere 79k miles and has a superb service history to back up the mileage; as you would expect it is in great mechanical order. The engine produces wonderfully smooth performance at speed and idles perfectly up to temperature. The close ratio five-speed manual gearbox still feels light and accurate shifting through the gears. Recent work carried out includes a service and a replacement clutch at 75k miles. New front Bilstein shocks and track rod ends were also fitted at this time.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The car sits on the desirable 415mm BBS forged TRX alloys. They remain in excellent condition throughout and are shod in matching Michelin TRX tyres all round, including the unmarked BBS spare. On test the front and rear brakes are in perfect working condition and require little effort to bring this super-saloon to a standstill.
This 535i Sport was supplied new by Barons of Hindhead in May 1990. The car has had just two private keepers since that time, and the current owner purchased it from us back in 2013. It was initially serviced with BMW before being cared for by BMW specialists for the rest of its pampered life. The car was off the road from 2009 when it had covered 60,202 miles but was re-commissioned and inspected by MJF Engineering, a respected BMW specialist, in May 2013.
In addition to the stamped service book the car also boasts the leather document holder and manuals, the original bill of sale from Barons totaling £36,018, the original sales brochure complete with the salesman's business card, and the original options list with the selected options highlighted. The car was also featured in the August 2013 issue of BMW Car magazine, a copy of which is included in the history file. The service intervals are listed below.
947 miles – Barons of Hindhead Ltd
6,006 miles – Barons of Hindhead Ltd
18,805 miles – Barons of Hindhead Ltd
31,995 miles – Paul Mellor BMW
38,447 miles – Paul Mellor BMW
42,003 miles – Paul Mellor BMW
45,927 miles – Paul Mellor BMW
48,876 miles – Paul Mellor BMW
50,887 miles – Paul Mellor BMW
59,012 miles – Paul Mellor BMW
60,660 miles – MJF Engineering
68,927 miles – Birds Garage
74,995 miles – Birds Garage
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