Featured listing: Bright, beautiful Bimmer: 1997 BMW 540i

Arguably one of the best cars ever created by the Teutonic marque, the E39 is legendary amongst the Munich faithful

1997 BMW 540i

This ClassicCars.com Marketplace featured listing is a 1997 BMW 540i for sale in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Equipped with V8 power, a sporty six-speed manual transmission and a fresh coat of ‘Hellrot’ Red paint, this car would be a head-turner everywhere it goes.

The Joji Nagashima-penned design of the fourth-generation 5-series, incorporating a lion’s share of aluminum chassis and suspension components, proved to be many steps forward in the evolution of BMWs. Powered by the 4.4-liter M62B44 V8 engine, linked to a six-speed Getrag 420G manual transmission, the 540i made 282 hp with 310 lb ft of torque. This car was as fun to drive as it was practical – clearly personification of “The Ultimate Driving Machine.”

The Touring version of the E39 remains very popular as one of the great sport-wagons. The trim on this particular model is a sedan, with some tricks. The seller states, “(The) vehicle has all the options except for navigation and also sports elements of the M5 including a lowered M suspension and a muffler delete option.”

The car reports 209,870 on the clock, but according to the seller, the car is sound. “I recently spent thousands $’s at a BMW certified mechanic on mechanical updates/major engine service, transmission and cooling system. Back to bare-metal repaint also recently undertaken as well as full restoration of BBS ‘octopus’ 3-piece alloy wheels that were a BMW option.” The seller adds, “The mileage may seem an obstacle, but remember, this is a 23-year-old car. This equates to less than 10 thousand miles/year.”

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The seller speaks of this car’s rarity: “BMW Individual build stamp on R turret. Believed to be the only 6-speed manual in the bright-red color sold that year in the USA. Interior and exterior are in superb condition and any drive will bring a large smile to your face.”

The 1997 BMW 540i has an asking price of $11,000. This one is ready to rock the next car show.

To view the listing on ClassicCars.com, click here.



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