The Details

BMW E39 540i




  • Mileage: 49,489
  • Year: 1998
  • MOT Expiry: December 2024
  • Exterior Colour: Biarritz Blue Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Sand Beige Montana Leather
  • Top speed: 155
  • 0-60mph: 6.2
  • BHP: 282
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 4398cc
  • Engine Configuration: V8


Biarritz Blue Metallic paintwork, Sand Beige Montana leather upholstery, 17-inch Style 32 alloy wheels, 5-Speed Steptronic transmission, Shadowline exterior trim, M sports suspension, Sports seats, Electric glass sunroof, Front central armrest, Auto-dimming mirrors, Rear parking sensors (PDC), Cruise control, BMW Business radio, HiFi loudspeaker system, Cruise control, Automatic air conditioning, On-board computer, Side airbags, Front fog lights, Headlight washer system, BMW toolkit, Spare wheel, Spare key.


This lovely V8 E39 presents very tastefully in Biarritz Blue over beige. The paintwork has just been treated to a full polish and presents to a good standard with no signs of corrosion in any of the common E39 weak spots. A keen eye may notice a few mall marks and paint defects in line with the age but otherwise it’s a very straight example. The original Hella headlights are clear and moisture-free, and the plastic trims are unfaded. The exterior of the car is lifted further with 17-inch alloy wheels and factory Shadowline trim.



The condition of the interior is excellent. The steering wheel, centre console, dashboard and door cards are all in fine order. The comfortable sports seats are well presented with only minor wear and the switchgear is free from any major scratches. The cabin is laced with glossy wood inlays, all of which are unmarked, and in the footwells the complementing cream carpets are clean with a fresh set of overmats. There are no dead pixel issues on the central led display and everything works as it should including the digital climate control AC and electric glass sunroof.


At the heart of the 540i is the 4.4-litre M62 V8 producing an impressive 282hp. The engine bay is notably tidy with no damage to any of the components or signs of previous poor repair. Under current ownership the car has been treated to a mechanical overhaul with invoices in the paperwork totalling in excess of £10k. The last service was carried out by a well-regarded marque specialist in March 2023 at 47,862 miles. For the new keeper’s peace of mind the car has just been fully checked over by our local BMW specialist and further benefits from a new radiator, fan belt, and AC drive belt.

History File

This understated V8 E39 was first registered in September 1998. Originally supplied by Holland Park Ltd. the car has now driven just 49k miles in the hands of only five registered keepers. Services have been carried out at the following mileages: 16,001 – 22,263 – 33,895 – 40,835 – and most recently at 47,862 miles in March 2023. The History File is complete with the original document wallet and handbooks, the stamped service booklet, recent maintenance invoices, a clean HPI certificate, spare key, and the V5C showing only four previous owners.

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