The second generation of BMW's 5-Series executive sedan, the E28 introduced a new computer-designed chassis, revised multi-point suspension, anti-lock brakes, an onboard computer, and power accessories as standard equipment. As a 535is model, this E28 features a 5-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential, M-Sport aerodynamic upgrades, and full-power Recaro seats. Originally delivered to Lee BMW of Westbrook, Maine, this 535iS was eventually purchased from the second owner in 2018 and has been modified with a Turner Motorsports ECU chip, a Billy Boat stainless steel exhaust, 16” Style 29 wheels, E34 front brakes, and an aftermarket Alpine head unit with an amplifier. Recent service includes a valve adjustment, a new battery, rebuilt fuel injectors, new suspension components, and new brakes. Showing approximately 99k miles on the odometer, this 1988 535is is now being offered at auction by its seller in South Carolina.
The exterior is finished in Lachssilber Metallic (203) and features the M Aerodynamics Package II, which equips a front air dam with integrated foglights and a rear spoiler. Other equipment includes chrome-trimmed US-spec safety bumpers, chrome window surrounds, an aftermarket sunroof visor, manually-folding door mirrors, and center-mounted dual exhaust tips. Some minor imperfections are visible throughout, detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a clean CARFAX report. The 16” BMW Style 29 wheels are mounted with Bridgestone Potenza tires from 2008.
The cabin is upholstered in Cardinal leather with power-adjustable Recaro sport seats, a rear bench seat, and matching door panel inserts. Amenities include full power accessories, a thirteen-button onboard trip computer, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, and an Alpine aftermarket stereo head unit. The original radio is said to be included in the sale, and the seller reports that the tachometer will work intermittently.
The E28 535is is powered by a 3.5L M30 inline six-cylinder engine rated at 182 HP and 215 lb.-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven by way of a 5-speed manual transmission and a 25% locking limited-slip differential. The 535is model came equipped with a sports suspension including stiffer springs, shocks, and anti-roll bars. A Turner Motorsports ECU chip and Billy Boat stainless-steel cat-back exhaust system were installed by the previous owner, as well as E34 5-Series front brake calipers. Service performed by the current owner includes a valve adjustment, rebuilt fuel injectors, a new battery, an oil change, new suspension components, and a service of the brakes. The air conditioning system was serviced in 2018 with new hoses and refrigerant.
This sale will include a clean title, owner’s manuals, the original radio and miscellaneous spare parts, and some service documentation.
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