2000 BMW M5
When discussing the golden age of BMW in the late 1990s-early 2000s, there are a few specific cars that immediately jump to the top of the mind - the perfectly balanced E46 M3, the quirky and lovable Z3M Roadster/Coupe, and the iconic Z8. However, of all these exceptional driving machines, one stands out as the Goldilocks of the group: the sublime and timeless E39 M5.
At its 1998 launch at the Geneva Motor Show, the E39 M5 would prove to be a significant update to BMW’s tried and true M5 formula of a wolf in sheep’s clothing of years past. The overall M5 recipe would largely remain the same for the E39, which was a metaphorically timeless and finely tailored German suit fitted to an assassin, however, the M5 recipe would see the hand-built inline-six cylinder engine make way for the M Division’s first V8.
Constructed entirely of aluminum, the S62 V8 would feature a double VANOS system, another BMW first, that would provide the flattest torque curve of any M division engine to date. A semi-dry sump oiling system was fitted alongside electronically actuated individual throttle bodies, allowing precise metering of fuel and air into the 4.9L engine, making for one of the finest engines to leave Munich’s hallowed halls. Delivering an additional 59HP over the outgoing hand-built inline-six of the E34, the S62 smoothly delivers a thundering 394HP through a slick Getrag six-speed manual transmission connected to a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.
Released to glowing reviews, TopGear would praise the car’s overall balance and handling noting that it is, “so beautifully balanced, and like putty in your hand”, and Car and Driver would call it, “the most desirable sedan in the world.” The E39 M5’s popularity has rightfully never waned, and has now blossomed into a cult car, lauded by the BMW enthusiast community as one of the best modern Grand Touring BMWs, thanks to its stout S62 engine, timeless elegant looks, and excellent build quality.
Purchased at legendary BMW dealer Competition and Sports Cars of Greenwich, CT, chassis 94733 has had one owner from new, has received thorough and regular servicing throughout its life, and has covered only 28,435 miles. Presenting impeccably today in the incredibly rare and exemplary colorway of Oxford Green Metallic II over a supple tan Nappa leather interior, this example’s completely original paint is in exceptional condition, and is accident and damage-free. Fastidiously maintained and cared for, and available with all records and documentation from new, this collector-grade E39 M5 is the ideal choice for devouring asphalt on long highway journeys, or at home amongst the finest automotive collection. Like a Bavarian pretzel, get this exceedingly rare example while it’s hot.