Shark Attack. The sharknosed ’80s BMW saloon which offers practical retro appeal. Words: Andrew Everett. When it was launched in 1981, the motoring press were surprised to see that BMW’s all-new ‘E28’ 5-Series looked like little more than a facelift of the previous ‘E12’ generation, a car that had been around since 1972. The E12 had earned itself a fine reputation as a well made mid range saloon that ranged from the prosaic 518 to the hot rod 528i and M535i.