Purchase Price £3500
E28 518i lux · Lachs Silver · 112k
Please note pictures are from when the car first arrived, up to date pictures will be posted once its ready for sale.
518i's are something of a rarity. They do not come up for sale very often and certainly not in such exemplary condition as this one. Sadly that is because there are very few of them left on the road. They were never sold in great numbers in the UK despite the E30 3 series of the time with the same engine being sold by the bucket load. However with the power of hindsight it strikes me as a bit of a shame, because you see the 518i makes the perfect retro daily driver: smart, practical, economical and parts are abundant because of the glut of 3 series cars that were sold at the time (and are compatible) but still with all the charm of Claus Luthe's elegant 5 series design.
The M10 is an excellent BMW engine. It first went into service in the early 1970's powering BMW's legendary 02 range. By the time this 518i rolled off the factory line as one of the last M10 powered cars, BMW had perfected it and added the super reliable LE Jetronic fuel injection for greater fuel efficiency and turnkey simplicity and reliability. Despite being only a 4 cylinder engine it works remarkably well in an E28 body shell. The car feels urgent and peppy to drive but being an 8 valve engine it produces a nice torquey drive that is very economical with most owners claiming 30-35 MPG, having run one of these as a daily driver in the past I can confirm this as accurate.
This particular 518i is lovely, It's low mileage, has lovely gleaming Lachs Silver metallic body work and great chrome bumpers. The body is very straight, we have performed some minor paint correction and repaired, treated and painted the rear wheel arches. We have performed some welding repairs to the front drivers floor (common point of corrosion on E28's) and a replacement battery tray which has been performed sympathetically and to the upmost standards. The bodywork shines up beautifully and this colour (commonly found on M535i's) makes the car seem very smart indeed. It retains its original lightweight option 14 inch BMW alloy wheels, complete with 4 new tyres.
We have replaced lots of parts including the cracked headlights and fog lights shown in the pictures, fog light switch, viscous fan, broken and missing trim, replenished missing items from the tool kit, new radiator as the old one was looking ropey, spark plugs, ignition leads coolant, oil and oil filter, front brakes and various other items. The biggest change we have made was to replace the tired interior. The car was originally supplied with Blue velour interior which had faded horribly in the sun and become dry and discoloured, the driver seat had also become torn. We have replaced all the seats and door cards with a very smart Blue herringbone pattern cloth interior which is much harder wearing, cleaner, smarter and incepting with the rest of the cars blue interior.
The result is a superb car that drives faultlessly. It is a lot of fun to drive with an engaging engine and gearbox. I really believe the 518i is an ideal choice for daily classic transport. Smart, interesting, easy to drive with all the mod cons such as power steering, electric mirrors and windows etc., perfectly capable as a motorway cruiser and weekend pleasure car but also perfect for commuting with realistic MPG, insurance and a boot that is still big enough for life.
The car will be ready for sale shortly and current pictures will be posted but in the mean time anyone who is interested should get in touch.