Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tan, But Not Beige: 1980 BMW 528i E12

The first car to wear a 5 Series badge was the E12 generation of BMW's executive platform, and technically the 5 was a designation that this was the fifth generation of BMW's New Class platform.  Regardless of naming convention, the Gruppo Bertone conceived, Paul Bracq designed and Claus Luthe facelifted (post 1976) E12 is a classic you can afford to drive every day.  Find this 1980 BMW 528i offered for $3,500 in Eagle, ID via craigslist.  Tip from Chris.

The US market E12 might have a big set of basher-bumpers front and rear, but is a look that has softened with age and shouts to the world that you love the 70s/80s.  Overall this car looks very presentable for the asking price.

This E12 528i is powered by a 2.8 liter M30 inline-6 rated at 169 horsepower and 170 ft-lbs of torque for the USA market. Unfortunately the sweet sounding inline-6 is connected to an automatic transmission. This won't be a sports sedan but will be a crisp cruiser in contrast to something like a Malaise-era American luxobarge.

The interior looks okay, better than average for a 35 year old car, with the exception of the rear seat and deck that looks like a raccoon's nest.  

See another classic 5er for cheap?


  1. Oooooo-eeeee.

    The easy route would be an M30B35 and a 5-speed.

    LS3 and a T56? If you can make the GM E-Rod kit fit, it'd even be smog-legal in CA.

    M62TU and a 6-speed, just for giggles?

  2. Some people had Lamborghini or Corvette posters on the wall. I collected BMW E3/E9/E12 brochures.

  3. Doesn't matter if you go to a community college. Wear a corduroy jacket with patches on the elbows and throw some old books in the back seat and you will look like class act ivy league professor.

  4. Forgot how much the vent on the c pillar reminds me of a Saab


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