The Details

BMW E39 M5




  • Mileage: 92,560
  • Year: 2001
  • MOT Expiry: November 2023
  • Exterior Colour: Le Mans Blue Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Black / Silverstone Leather
  • Top speed: 155
  • 0-60mph: 5.3
  • BHP: 395
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 4941cc
  • Engine Configuration: V8

Model History

By the time the E39 M5 arrived the M5 genre had already been well and truly established by its E28 and E34 forefathers; each generation pushed the bar higher as the ultimate super-saloon. The E39 had a tough act to follow but dubbed by the press at the time as the "Best car in the world" it wasn't surprising that it lived up to the expectations.

BMW took time perfecting this new machine and it was not unveiled at the Motor Show until 1998 with full-scale production started later that year. The car was manufactured at Dingolfing on the main 5-Series production line, which allowed the car to be made in much larger numbers - 7,895 LHD European spec cars, 9,992 LHD US-spec and 2,595 RHD examples were produced.

The two previous M5's both came in straight-six format but BMW broke the mold with the E39 and the first V8 powered M car was born with a stonking 400hp at 6,600rpm. It was based on the M62 unit from the 540i and was named the S62 and extensively revised for its M application.

Capacity was increased to 4941cc, compression was upped to 11.0:1 and electronically controlled throttle bodies were fitted to each cylinder. There was also a double Vanos variable valve timing system on both the intake and exhaust cams, modified cylinder heads, oil-cooled pistons, a coolant to oil heat exchanger, hollow camshafts, a dual air induction system and a high capacity water pump. The M5 engine now packed a hefty punch of power but its main trump card was its flexibility - a decent 369 lb ft of torque was available all the way from 3,800-5,000rpm.

The V8 was mated to a Getrag Type D six-speed gearbox with a 25% limited slip differential. Handling was improved with shorter rated springs, upgraded shock absorbers and thicker anti-roll bars front and rear as well as steel ball joints in the place of rubber rear suspension bushes. The steering ratio was reduced and Servotronic assistance meant the steering became heavier as the speed increased. The M driving Dynamics (sport) button also made the steering heavier and significantly sharpened the throttle response.

As with all M5's some external changes were made but in a subtle and understated way. There were a set of tasty 18-inch chrome shadow alloys, slightly larger kidney grills, new front and rear bumpers, four polished exhaust tail pipes, bespoke electric folding mirrors, some M badges on the side trims and to finish the package a subtle body coloured boot-lip spoiler.


Le Mans Blue Metallic paintwork, Black Nappa and Silverstone leather upholstery, 6-speed manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, Facelift specification, Front and rear parking sensors (PDC), Electric sunroof, Heated and electric sports seats with lumbar adjustment, Multifunction M leather steering wheel, Electric steering wheel adjustment, M leather gear knob, Cruise control, Automatic air conditioning, BMW cassette radio, HiFi sound system, CD changer, Front sliding armrest with Motorola phone handset, Anthracite headlining, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Xenon headlights, Front fog lights, Velour floor mats, Remote central locking, Luggage net, Spare remote keys.


Finished in popular Le Mans Blue metallic this facelift M5 presents in excellent overall condition. After a machine polish by our in-house detailer the paintwork shows a lovely deep shine with no off-colour panels or signs of previous poor repair. There are very few stone chips to report at the front end and the bumpers are free from any unsightly scuffs or scrapes. She’s arrow-straight along both sides and the plastic rubbing strips still look fresh all round. A couple of blisters have started to appear around the boot area and on some of the Shadowline trim, but little to detract from the car’s otherwise highly impressive appearance. Crystal-clear headlights and 18-inch wheels in the correct shadow-chrome finish complete the look.



The fully electric sports seats remain in particularly fine condition, including commonly worn areas such as the driver’s bolster which in this case hints at only very light use. Soft Nappa leather extends along the centre console and to the gear knob which also presents really well and with no delamination to the M badge. A great texture remains on the steering wheel and there are no marks on the buttons or centre trim. Having always been protected by genuine BMW overmats the footwell carpets are spotless, and at the rear of the car the seats are immaculate. A highly original interior in truly mileage-defying condition – even the factory-spec’d Motorola flip phone remains in place.


The engine bay is also very clean and original. Reading through the accompanying history file the car has always been maintained to a very high standard, with full BMW service history up until 2020 when the servicing was then taken care of by independent specialists. There are 13 stamps in the original maintenance booklet including the all-important running-in check at 1,216 miles. The last service was carried out only 350 miles ago in January 2023.

History File

This cracking E39 M5 in attractive Le Mans Blue was first registered in June 2001. It has now driven 92,560 miles in the hands of only five registered keepers. The original leather document wallet and handbooks are all retained along with two spare remote keys, a thick raft of invoices and documents, numerous MOT certificates, and the service book with 13 main dealer/specialist stamps (detailed below).

29/06/2001 at 1,216 miles – Running-in check – BMW
28/05/2002 at 11,655 miles – Oil service – BMW
07/07/2003 at 21,690 miles – Inspection I – BMW
30/09/2005 at 32,975 miles – Oil service – BMW
08/07/2008 at 43,125 miles – Inspection II – BMW
28/04/2010 at 53,188 miles – Oil service – BMW
11/04/2011 at 61,327 miles – Inspection I – BMW
30/12/2012 at 68,747 miles – Oil service – BMW
02/09/2013 at 78,510 miles – Inspection II – BMW
02/05/2014 at 82,672 miles – Oil service – BMW
13/11/2020 at 87,760 miles – Inspection II – specialist
10/12/2021 at 90,327 miles – Oil service – specialist
30/01/2023 at 92,212 miles – Oil service – specialist

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