1990 BMW 535i | Auto | 64,000 Miles
The BMW E34 represents the third generation of the BMW 5 Series, which was produced from November 2, 1987, until 1996. It was initially introduced as a sedan in January 1988, but in September 1992, BMW introduced the "Touring" station wagon (estate) body style, a first for the 5 Series. The E34 was eventually succeeded by the E39 5 Series in December 1995, although E34 Touring models continued production until June 1996. The development of the E34 spanned from July 1981 to early 1987, and the original design concept was created by Ercole Spada in 1982. Under the guidance of chief designer Claus Luthe, BMW incorporated several design elements from the E32 7 Series. After Spada left BMW and the design was approved in 1983, J Mays finalized it for production in mid-1985. Great attention was given to aerodynamics, resulting in a drag coefficient of 0.30 for the basic E34 sedan.
Production: June, 1990
Engine: M30B35 Inline 6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Power: 208 hp at 5,700 rpm
Torque: 225 lb⋅ft at 4,000 rpm
0-60mph: 7 seconds
Top Speed: 148 mph
Wheelbase: 2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length: 4,720 mm (185.8 in)
Width: 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height: 1,412–1,420 mm (55.6–55.9 in)
Curb weight: 3,175–3,968 lb
Heritage Gruppe is now offering this 1990 BMW 535i for sale on behalf of the seller. The car is finished in black and features a black leather interior. Notable equipment includes a power sunroof, power seats, and dual-zone climate control. The power is provided by a 3.5-liter inline-six engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Recent work reportedly involved a complete drivetrain and cosmetic restoration. The current owner is selling this E34 with a salvage California title, which resulted from a minor front-end collision. However, it's important to note that the collision did not cause any damage to the frame. Photo documentation of the accident, as well as invoices for the restoration, are available in the photo gallery for your review.
The exterior of the car is finished in black and includes fog lights, as well as heated and power-adjustable side mirrors. The gallery below showcases the VIN tags present on various body panels. The 19" Racing Dynamic wheels are equipped with Kumho ECSTA tires and sit flush with the fenders. According to the owner, despite the damage at the time of purchase, the car was in remarkable condition with very low mileage, making it worth repairing and preserving. Besides the exterior reconditioning, the interior was thoroughly cleaned, and minor modifications were made to enhance both the aesthetics and driving experience, such as the custom M-Tech steering wheel. Equipment includes power front seats, power windows, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control.
The airbag steering wheel is accompanied by factory VDO instrumentation, which consists of a 160-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer, and a fuel economy gauge. The dashboard trim has been repainted black and houses a Kenwood head unit, onboard computer, and climate controls. The shifter trim panel has been replaced, and Alcantara material was used to wrap the handbrake, headliner, headrest, and steering wheel. This work was performed by Aza Auto Wheel. To create an appealing contrast against the black interior, the handbrake, steering wheel, and floor mats were customized with the iconic M color stitching. The digital odometer displays approximately 64,000 miles. The 3.5-liter M30 inline-six engine is coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission. Recent work reportedly involved a complete overhaul, and invoices documenting the work can be found in the gallery for reference.
Additional upgrades under the hood include a K&N performance air intake kit, a Weichers sport front strut brace, and a Magnaflow catalytic converter, which connects to a Billy Boat cat back exhaust system. With a factory-rated horsepower output of 208 @ 5700 rpm and impressive cornering ability, this E34 BMW 5 Series still possesses the power to challenge some modern sedans.
Braking power is provided by PowerStop Z26 slotted and drilled rotors, along with brake pads featuring red-painted calipers. The suspension has been overhauled with Bilstein B12 shocks and H&R lowering springs. In addition to the complete front-end repair and paint job, both the front and rear bumpers have been replaced with OEM M bumpers, new trim has been added, and aftermarket M mirrors have been installed. Lighting has been upgraded with Sylvania bulbs throughout the car, and the interior is equipped with a complete set of LED lights. To protect the paint, this 535i has received a full paint correction and detail, as well as a 5-year complete exterior and interior ceramic coating that includes the wheels and brake calipers.
This 1990 BMW 535i is a prime example of a well-maintained enthusiast BMW. Despite carrying a salvage title due to a minor front-end collision, no expenses were spared to restore the car to a condition better than its original form. With just under 64,000 original miles, this car has undergone a complete restoration addressing all mechanical and cosmetic aspects, with tasteful modifications added to complete the build. The build documentation and repair invoices are available, and the car is now looking for its next caretaker. If you're interested in more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.