RM Sotheby’s are at it again. Their London auction on September 7th will see the sale of this rare ‘superproduction’ BMW M5 E28.
This M5 was owned by a racer called Marc Sourd, a driver whose career spanned over five decades. He drove a McLaren F1 GTR at Le Mans the year it took four out of the first five places – his finished in a less impressive 13th place, though. He won the French GT Championship in 2002 and the M5 you’re looking at now is the car he was driving in 1985.
The 3.5-litre straight six engine produces a ridiculous 460bhp with the help of a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection system. I think it’s probably safe to assume that it creates one hell of a racket. It uses a Getrag five-speed close ration manual gearbox, supplied by BMW Motorsport, with a ZF limited-slip differential. Four-wheel independent suspension and vented brake discs aid the M5 in handling all of that power through the corners.
The engine and drivechain have recently been rebuilt but the original bodywork has not been touched. It still bears the bumps and scrapes picked up in its racing days, which, by the way, are not necessarily over. The auction listing states that it is ready to race and is eligible for multiple historic race series.
The estimated sale price is £85,000 to £110,000 but you could easily see a car as special as this fetching even more than that. Whoever is lucky enough to take this incredible BMW M5 home with them will most certainly be getting their money’s worth and then some. It looks incredible and there’s plenty of fun left to be had in it yet. I’ve just got one piece of advice for the buyer… Take it to the Nürburgring!
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