1988 BMW M5


The high-performance sedan: the 1988 BMW M5

Known as an unassuming high-performance sedan, the 1988 BMW M5 is considered a pioneer in its class and legendary in BMW motorsports history. The car seemed to come out of nowhere, beating Ferraris while holding the title of being the fastest production sedan of its time.

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According to the seller, the body and the pant on this car are in excellent condition

Beginning production in 1986 in Europe and coming to the US market in 1988, the first M5 was hand built on the 535i (E28) chassis and with power from the 3.5-liter inline 6 derived from the M88 engine in the mid-engine  M1 supercar. The M5 had a strong customer demand in the North American market, a total of 1,370 were built. All US M5s came with black exterior and shadow-line trim with beige interior, while European models came with more color combinations, different lights, and bumpers. US owners often modified their M5 sedans with European-spec features.

Our Pick of the Day is what looks like an exceptionally clean 1988 BMW M5 with only 90,880 miles, according to the listing on ClassicCars.com. The car is offered by a dealer in Siloam Springs, Arkansas,

Original stock M series 3.5L rated at 256 horsepower

The engine in this M5 is the original stock M series 3.5L rated at 256 horsepower. The transmission is a manual 5-speed. According to the seller, the mechanics are strong with a well-documented service history. The car has an upgraded M5 Ultimate Exhaust cat back system. The suspension and brakes have also received some upgrades. The factory self-leveling system has been replaced with a Bilstein upgraded springs/strut setup. The car also has upgraded sway bars, Brembo big-brake kit for the front and larger stock BMW brakes for the rear.

According to the seller, the body and the pant on this car are in excellent condition. The exterior of the car is coated in black paint with only light superficial paint chips or marks, the seller says, and the glass is in great condition. The wheels are 17-inch BMW rims with Michelin tires that are in like-new condition, according to the seller.

Dash is in near-perfect condition, according to the seller.

The interior shows typical wear and age, but the dash is in near-perfect condition, according to the seller. All instruments are in working order.

The seller says that the driving experience of this M5 is exciting and entertaining, with the power, speed and handling that very few cars had back in 1988. This car cruises with very little effort and it is very comfortable to be driven on a daily basis, the seller adds, while the brakes are monstrous and the road handling is a blast. The listing price on this M5 is $37,000.

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

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