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1993 BMW (E34) 530i

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This BMW 530i is a wonderfully original example of a modern classic saloon, finished in a handsome factory hue, and presented in near time-warp condition. As a later model E34, it is powered by the 3.0-litre naturally aspirated ‘M60’ V8, producing around 215bhp, coupled to a five-speed ZF automatic transmission. The odometer shows 85,381 miles.

The 530i was first registered on 5 August 1993, and has five previous keepers on the log book. Its sixth private owner acquired the car in April 2019. While the car was acquired to join another collection six months ago, the V5C has not yet been reassigned.

Its bodywork is reported to be in excellent condition, with no evidence of any accident damage, and with flush shut lines and even panel gaps throughout. The Oxford Green paint has a deep lustre, with the only noted blemishes being some stone chips to the front bumper and bonnet, and minor scuffs on the nearside rear bumper. Overall, this is a very well-presented example of the E34 generation saloon.

The only known modification is the addition of a half stainless steel exhaust system by Jetex, which enhances the aural character of the naturally aspirated V8. It rides on the 15-inch BMW BBS alloys, which are in pristine condition.

Inside, the silver grey leather is in superb order, with minimal signs of use and no heavy wear. The upholstery is complemented by smart wood veneers, giving the cabin an air of sophistication. The vendor notes some slight discolouration to some of the plastics, which is to be expected in an unrestored 27-year-old car, but in general the condition is described as remarkable - testament to the impressive build quality of this 1990s executive saloon. The equipment list includes an electrically operated sunroof, electric windows on all doors, and a Pioneer stereo with CD changer.

There are 14 stamps in the original service booklet, with the first 11 being from BMW main dealers. Its last oil service was in August 2018 at 84,789 miles, carried out by Smith & Humphrey in Bexhill-on-Sea. During its Inspection II service in June 2014 at 84,624 miles, the front and rear brake hoses were also renewed.

The most recent MOT test was on 28 November 2020 at 85,381 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with no advisories. Please note, there is an ‘on paper’ mileage discrepancy in the MOT history, when in July 2012 the tester recorded ‘71,968’, but evidently meant to put 81,968 miles - given the subsequent figure of 82,713 miles recorded in August 2012.

The wheels are fitted with Dunlop SP Sport tyres in size 225/60 R15, which are date-coded to 2007, but which are still in very good condition with plenty of tread.

Accompanying the car is the original book pack, including the stamped maintenance record, as well as a large file of old invoices and previous MOT certificates. The complete original tool kit is also safely stored under the panel in the boot lid, and the spare wheel is under the boot floor.

This BMW 530i is a very smart executive saloon, presented in superb condition throughout, and supported by solid maintenance history. Its impressive appearance means that it would certainly attract admiring glances at national shows, while its smooth V8 makes it a wonderful cruiser. This modern classic would be a great addition to any collection, and is a credit to its previous owners.

Summary of service history:

  • 02 03 1994 - 5760 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 09 10 1995 - 15300 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 06 08 1997 - 22147 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 11 01 1999 - 28415 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 16 03 2000 - 36044 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 02 08 2001 - 44356 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 14 01 2003 - 51173 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 29 06 2005 - 57764 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 07 08 2006 - 64155 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 08 09 2009 - 70461 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 29 06 2010 - 78800 miles - BMW Fawdington
  • 19 11 2013 - 83503 miles - Gilesgate Autocare
  • 20 06 2014 - 84624 miles - Nick Cart
  • 24 08 2018 - 84789 miles - Smith & Humphrey

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