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    CAR: #BMW-M535i-E28 / #1985-BMW-M535i-E28 / #BMW-E28 / #BMW / #BMW-5-Series-E28 / #BMW-5-Series

    Year of manufacture #1985
    Recorded mileage 115,973
    Asking price £15,995
    Vendor Old Colonel Cars, Herts; 07407 477843; oldcolonelcars.co.uk

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £17,950
    Max power 218bhp
    Max torque 229lb ft
    0-60mph 7 secs
    Top speed 143mph
    Mpg 28

    This ‘analogue M5’ was stored for 10 years, and lots of fettling has been carried out since it came into the current ownership four years ago. Sadly there’s no service book, but there are bills to support a cylinder-head rebuild, new engine mounts, anti-roll bar rubbers, track-rod ends and a recent water pump, thermostat, viscous coupling and fuel tank, plus rebuilt front brake calipers. It’s been partially repainted, with new coachlines and badges, but there’s no serious rot. A couple of spots, each near the strut-top mounts, want cleaning off, de-rusting and painting, but they’re not as bad as they first look. Inside, the owner has sourced better seat material from another E28, which shows only light wear to the velour. The driver’s door card has suffered from a little shrinkage, which may be put right before sale but is an easy fix, and the dash plastics are good, with only almost imperceptible cracks starting. The very ’80s stalk-mounted Blaupunkt remote graphic equaliser control still works, as do the electric windows and sunroof.

    The engine sports a new header tank (they deteriorate with age) and the old one is in the boot, along with other removed parts. The coolant is a clear blue, the oil clean (only 300 miles old). Also in the boot is a full set of tools and the original spare wheel with 390mm Avon Turbospeed, but the car sits on a slightly larger set of 15in E34 alloys to make tyre choice easier (and cheaper): it wears 2017-dated 225/60 Kumho Ecstas, and the original wheels are included.

    Turn on the ignition, press the ‘check’ button in the roof console diagnostic display and all the LEDs light, and the brake warning correctly goes out when you press the pedal. It fires easily, the deep #BMW-M30 burble sharpened by a newish Powerflow exhaust – hence the extra soundproofing in the boot floor. It drives sweetly, with that very mechanical feel of a proper 5 Series. There’s plenty of torque, but it likes to rev, too. The gearchange is good, it doesn’t wander and the brakes pull up well, with a typically weighty pedal. Temperature didn’t rise above a third on the gauge. A sorted car for grown-up hooligans, with MoT until May.

    SUMMARY
    EXTERIOR Unscuffed; some new paint
    INTERIOR About as good as used ones get, with new seat fabric
    MECHANICALS In rude health
    VALUE 8/10
    For Fine old-school bruiser
    Against A couple of rust spots need catching on the inner wings

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    Not a full-blown M5, but needs nothing major, great to drive, and all for less money than a nice 2002 or E30 325i Sport
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    SIMPLY SUBLIME E28 / #BMW / #BMW-E28
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    Shark Hunting
    CAR: 1981 BMW 323i TOP CABRIO
    OWNER: Sanjay Seetanah

    / #1981 / #BMW-323i-Top-Cabrio / #BMW-323i-Top-Cabrio-E21 / #BMW-323i-Cabrio-E21 / #BMW-323i-E21 / #BMW-E21 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E21 / #BMW-3-Series-Cabrio / #BMW-3-Series-Cabrio-E21 / #BMW / #M20B23 / #BMW-M20 / #M20 / #BMW / #BMW-323i-Baur / #BMW-323i-Baur-E21 / #BMW-323i-Baur-Cabriolet / #BAUR / #1981-BMW-323i / #1981-BMW-323i-E21 / #1981-BMW-323i-Baur / #Bosch-K-Jetronic

    Have you heard classic BMWs described as ‘sharknose’? Sharknose-era BMWs were manufactured from the 1960s through to the late ’80s and represent a crucial period in BMW’s history. They can be as different as they are similar. Some were built for racing, some were built for families.

    Some featured cutting-edge technology, others were a little more basic. What brings them together is a common design aesthetic. They range from the Neue Klasse models of the ’60s through to the M1 and E28 (the second-generation 5-series), taking in the CSA, CS and CSLs and the earlier 3-, 5-, 6- and 7-series along the way.

    Now the #BMW-Car-Club has introduced a new umbrella group called the Sharknose Collection, and I was delighted to be asked to attend a gathering of cars from this collection to produce a video for the club’s website. As club secretary Richard Baxter says: ‘These cars are now becoming sought after yet finding parts and specialists can be difficult. The Sharknose section of the club aims to give cars and owners a collective platform at shows, to help with parts and accessories, to share technical days, and allow networking with fellow owners.’

    The pressure was on to get my Baur looking as good as possible, given the company that it was going to be with. I contacted Joseph Crowe, owner of Knowl Hill Performance Cars in Maidenhead (www.knowlhill. com), and he obligingly ensured that the car was machine polished to look its best.

    Gathered together for the shoot were some of the very best examples of sharknose BMWs in the UK. In the picture, above, from left to right are Stu and Lizzy Blount’s grey #BMW-E28 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW-M5-E28 , Tony Wilkes’ beige #BMW-E3 , Georg Champ’s red #BMW-2002 , Sam Lever’s blue #BMW-3.0-CSL-E9 , Trevor Gude’s white #BMW-E12 / #BMW-M535i-E12 , my own BMW-323i Baur Top Cabrio and Kos Ioizou’s beautiful red #BMW-635CSi-E24 . I was amazed at the depth of knowledge and passion for the cars shown by all the owners – the future of these classics is safe in their hands.

    The Club is looking for ownership and restoration stories to share in its monthly publication Straight Six and hopes to attract owners of cars not yet known about. Cars from the Sharknose Collection will be on show at several events this year, including Masters at Brands Hatch on 26-27 May; Sharknose Europe at Rosmalen, Holland, on 23 June; Silverstone Classic on 20-22 July and the club’s National Festival on 12 August at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. There’s more info at www.bmwcarclubgb.uk and I hope I will get along to at least one or two in the Baur.

    Above and below Sharknose Collection members lined up some of the UK’s finest examples, including Sanjay’s 323i Baur cabriolet.
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    Martin Kobylanski’s BMW READERS’ RIDES / #BMW-5-Series-E28 / #BMW-5-Series / #1985 / #BMW-525i / #BMW-525i-E28 / #AC-Schnitzer /

    RC says: Like a fi ne wine the #BMW-E28 / #BMW / is a car that’s only got better with age. To be fair nowadays it’s pretty hard to believe that it was regarded as something of an ugly duckling in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, even Martin himself says that he had a mate who had one back in the day and he couldn’t quite fathom why he liked it so much.

    Of course, with the benefit of a few years passing, we all know that these have become perhaps the ultimate in retro-chic motorway cruising, although there’s still not many out there that have been lavished with love as much as this super-clean #1985 #BMW-525i here. In fact, it’s nothing short of admirable how much time, effort and hard-earned cash Martin has put into the build. One thing’s for sure - it certainly takes a lot of work to look this effortlessly cool!

    After travelling from Northampton to London to pick up a totally stock model, countless hours have gone into uprating parts and sourcing some seriously rare trinkets from #BMW-tuning icons like #Zender and #AC-Schnitzer . The idea was to build the ultimate retro autobahn stormer and we reckon he’s nailed it!

    Top mods: #Zender front spoiler, #AC-Schnitzer-Type-1 3pc wheels ( #OZ-Racing ), full leather M sport interior, #BC-Racing coilovers, E36 M3 calipers with E34 M5 discs, front and rear strut braces, #Momo wooden steering wheel and #Alpina gear knob, #Supersprint exhaust.
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    LONGTERMERS #BMW-E28 / #BMW-E28-Alpina / #Alpina-B9 and E32 750iL / #Alpina / #Alpina-B9-E28

    I would love to report some serious movement on the B9’s refurbishment but unfortunately the truth is I haven’t really had the chance to chase the body shop this month.

    I have, however, received negative news from my ‘stripes guy’. It doesn’t look like he is able to supply them in the timescale I am likely to need so it’s back to the drawing board. The fall back plan is to just have the car back without any stripes and then have them retro-fitted when I can procure a set. The BMW community is a big one, and an international one at that so if you know where I can have a set made up please do get in touch!

    In the meanwhile, the editor kindly sent me a link to a B9 which has just sold at a CCA car auction. It was a 1986, white Japanese import with a low mileage of 77,000. It was, however, hampered somewhat by being left-hand drive and having an automatic gearbox. The latter for me would be a serious problem as these cars really need the manual gearbox in my opinion. Plus winter isn’t the ideal season to maximise the sale value of your classic car…

    Using CCA’s five-star system it was described as a three-star car – ‘Good: Everyday useable classic car, driven and enjoyed, commensurate with age and mileage, drives and looks as it should, some vehicle history’.

    I suspect it would have benefitted from being sold in Germany where left-hand drive classic Alpinas sell for really strong money. Nevertheless it fetched £16,500 which I thought was a good buy for its new owner, who certainly hasn’t overpaid for what is an exceptionally rare car.

    It looks like I will need to review the guaranteed value I have with my insurer when it comes to renewal time. Good news indeed.

    On the 7 Series front what little time I have had to spare has been spent trying to find bits for it rather than driving it very far.

    In my last report I mentioned not being able to find the required brake booster in the UK, as all of the available parts were in America. After a little bit more research I finally managed to track one down in the UK. The best bit was the price. By not getting stung with the post-Brexit exchange rate and import duty I managed to buy one for £130, nearly half of the £250 it was going to cost to get one from the US. I need to get the part down to my local garage to check it’s all there!

    Given editor Bob’s recent positive results with having his throttle bodies cleaned I might just have a look at how much of a job that is on a 750iL. I suspect the answer will be ‘at least twice as much’ because the V12 seems to have two of everything.

    Given the car’s idle isn’t quite as sewing machine smooth as it should be and it seems to be running a little rich at idle it’s probably a job worth doing. I suspect as much as anything some new spark plugs will clear things up but having researched how to replace spark plug number 12 on a BMW 750 I think that’s a job for the garage.

    In the meanwhile I have tackled an easy job and replaced the car’s two air filters. The originals weren’t all that bad but there is a nice feel-good feeling to knowing your car is breathing through new filters. I am hoping the garage can take the car in sometime in January because I’d like to get things moving along ahead of the spring car show scene as I’d like to start showing the car off a bit.

    In the meanwhile I have seen another 750iL for sale which is located only ten miles from me, in my favourite colour of black. I’m trying desperately to not just jump in the car and have a look. It’s a disease, being into classic BMWs…

    CAR: #BMW-E32 / #BMW-750iL / #BMW-750iL-E32 / #BMW-750i-E32 / #BMW-7-series-E32 / #BMW-7-Series / #BMW / #M70 / #BMW-M70 / #V12 / #BMW-V12

    YEAR: #1988
    MILEAGE THIS MONTH: 23
    TOTAL MILEAGE: 118,235
    MPG THIS MONTH: Not sure
    COST THIS MONTH: no new ones this month
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    BMW ALPINA B10 / #Alpina-B10-3.5 / #Alpina-B10 / #Alpina-B10-E28 / #BMW-E28 / #Alpina / #BMW / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-E28 / #BMW-E28-Alpina / #M106 / #BMW-M106 / #M30B34MAE / #M30 / #BMW-M30 /

    Year of manufacture #1985
    Recorded mileage 98,282
    Asking price £38,000
    Vendor Frazer Williams, Suffolk Sports Cars, near Woodbridge; tel: 07967 339424; www. suffolksportscars. com

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £32,995
    Max power 261bhp
    Max torque 256lb ft
    0-60mph 6.4 secs
    Top speed 155mph
    Mpg 18

    This is number 4 of 25 Sytner-built Alpinas (one right-hand-drive car was also done at Buchloe) based on a 535i SE (chrome-edged bumpers, rear window blind). The 3430cc M106 ‘six’ was unchanged in capacity, but, thanks to higher compression and different cam, plus reprogrammed Motronic management, power was increased by about 40bhp and torque by 30lb ft or so. The suspension was reworked, 16in Alpina ‘turbine’ alloys fitted and the dash changed, along with the trademark stripes added.

    The car was restored about 10 years ago by an Alpina parts specialist, windows-out repainted and fitted with new bumpers. The result is superb, and even the Alpina wheels have been correctly finished with a 5mm overlap on the black centres. Fastened by two different types of security bolt, they are shod with well-treaded Kumho Ecstas, with a matching spare. The jack and wheelbrace are still present. Plus, the bootlid tray still has the full tool and bulb kit and – a detail to please ardent E28 fanciers – even the little plastic widget for winding the windows closed should the electrics fail. They all work, by the way, as you’d expect. Inside, the dashboard, headlining and glass sunroof were all replaced, as were the front door cards, and the rears recovered. The Alpina-striped seat upholstery shows no wear, just a little bagginess.

    It’s like new under the bonnet, with various items powder-coated and fresh stickers to the airbox, strut tower and a mint fusebox. The fluids are clean, to the right levels. Even the washer bottle and plumbing look new. It starts instantly with no smoke or tappety noises, feeling lively and free-revving. The ride, on Powerflex bushes and Bilsteins, is on the firm side of taut, plus it has lovely direct steering. The switchable auto responds correctly to E, Sport (in which it holds the gears longer and gives snappier changes) and intermediate slots for ice, snow or general hooning. It is as good as a Porsche Tiptronic and more intuitive to use. Coolant temperature is steady just under the middle of the gauge, the econometer works and the test button illuminates all the check lights on the service computer. It will come with a fresh MoT, and the registration number B10 ALP.

    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR Superbly repainted, and set off with the signature Alpina decals.
    INTERIOR Excellent: quite a lot of it is new; a little stretch to the cloth trim.
    MECHANICALS Feel super-fit, and sorted.
    VALUE ★★★★★★★★✩✩

    For Rare, cool and fast
    Against Dare we say the automatic gearbox? It’s pretty good though

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    Almost like a new one and so very drivable – addictively so. It might bring out your inner hooligan.
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    / #BMW-E28 / #Alpina-B9 and #BMW-7-series-E32 750Il / #Alpina / #BMW /

    I’m pleased to report that I had a surprise call from the bodyshop this month. Whilst the B9 isn’t totally finished yet substantial progress has been made, which was great to hear. All the rust has been eradicated from the bodyshell, the rear arch has been repaired and the boot floor is apparently looking much better. As you can see from the pictures it’s not correct to say the car is looking pretty but there is a certain charm to it partially presented in battleship grey primer I think?

    Apparently part of the delay was due to a red herring from BMW. It had claimed that it had a full boot floor in stock (the same boot floor I had drawn a blank on procuring) but when the floor arrived, surprise-surprise, it was only half there – it’s supplied in two sections. To add insult to injury, it was even the wrong half! So, the floor has had to be patch repaired, all be it with some brand-new parts introduced, such as the spare wheel well bracket. I’ve not seen the repaired floor yet so I’m somewhat curious as to how good the finish will be but, as I mentioned in a previous article, other people are entrusting ‘my man’ with some seriously expensive classic Ferraris and Aston Martins so I’m fairly relaxed about it.

    I have to admit to getting butterflies in my stomach when I look at the pictures of the car being prepared for paint. I only wish the car was more local so I could pop down for a peek every now and again and feel a bit more involved with the work that’s going on, but it’s more important that the car is in the right hands than being in local ones.

    This flurry of activity means I need to get my skates on and decide exactly which stripes I want on the car. I’m 100 per cent sure I should get stripes for it even though the car was manufactured from new without them. The question is, which ones?

    Whilst I have pondered fitting thin gold pinstripes, as I had on my previous B9, the current front runner are the thicker bold green and blue stripes as I think they look fantastic set against Alpine white paint. You certainly can’t miss them but on an 1980s performance car I think you can get away with them. I just hope that the chap I know on the Alpina Register Forum who supplies stripe kits has the time (and inclination) to supply me a set of whatever I settle on in time. Hopefully I will be able to share some further progress next month although it’s unrealistic to expect the car to be finished by then.


    In the meanwhile I have my newly purchased #V12 #BMW-7-Series to satisfy my classic car cravings. I have to admit, though, it’s not been a big mileage month for the 750iL due mainly to a house move, although the big boot has come in handy for the odd B&Q run for additional decorating supplies. Thankfully the new house has a double garage (in fact it was a prerequisite) so the car is nicely tucked up dry and warm at night on a bed of underlay and carpet – no I’m not joking!

    Despite not doing much in the way of mileage the car has continued to impress, though, with one particular visitor to the house being almost spellbound by it. Apparently he remembered them from new and was particularly impressed by the car’s condition and preservation. Last month I promised to give you the car’s hit-list of jobs to tackle so here we go:

    - Both electric mirrors don’t work from the door handle control although the passenger mirror dips towards the kerb, as it’s designed to, when selecting reverse so clearly the motor is working. Perhaps it’s a faulty switch?

    - The heater is possessed by something with a wicked sense of humour. Even when switched off the system gently blows hot air from the dash top and rear footwell vents yet any request for cold air is duly ignored. - And while we’re on the inside I should mention that the cassette player emits a laughable level of sound quality and one of the rear seatbelt buckles is broken turning this 16-and-a-half foot leviathan into a three-seater car.

    - Rather more seriously, there’s appears to be a problem with the brakes. Every now and again the brake pedal pressure will shoot through the roof requiring a Herculean amount of pressure to start working. It only happens occasionally but it’s the wrong sort of excitement needed when travelling fast. - The suspension isn’t perfect either as when the damping is set in Comfort mode it’s very floaty and bouncy and there is also a metallic rattle from the front end over bumps, although it’s only audible with the windows or sunroof open. Given the car received brand-new arms for its last MoT it must be something else?

    - Other issues are a very small bubble appearing on the near side front wing, which is best tackled now before anything more substantial develops and I’m also experiencing the same smell of petrol when stationary as Bob reported recently on his M635CSi, so perhaps we have the same issue?

    - In the minor irritations category I’ve got a driver’s side windscreen wiper blade that’s worn and the driver’s door pin doesn’t lift enough when trying to unlock the door. Now anyone sitting there with their newly leased BMW may be concerned at that list but remember this is a big, heavy car closing in on its 30th birthday, so personally I don’t think that’s bad going.

    Either way I will be taking the car to my favourite local garage for a good coat of ‘looking at’ and we will see what’s what. Whilst I’m under no illusions though that these E32s can stack up decent sized bills my allocated war chest remains largely intact, all be it under imminent threat of attack. I’ll let you know how I get on next month.

    CAR: #BMW-E32 / #BMW-750iL / #BMW-750iL-E32 /
    YEAR: #1988
    MILEAGE THIS MONTH: 78
    TOTAL MILEAGE: 118,170
    MPG THIS MONTH: Not a great deal!
    COST THIS MONTH: None… yet

    Bodywork fettling is moving along nicely on Elliott’s Alpina and the boot floor has now been repaired.
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