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ssbmw last won the day on September 1 2018

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  1. ssbmw

    E39 M5 - USA style!

    Yes I know. This bothered me about the US Market cars from the day I started looking for one. With certain colours which are lighter - like Bluewater metallic- the amber is too contrasting. in the flesh, by the way - Silverstone has more of a 'baby blue' feel to the colour, whilst Bluewater metallic is actually more silver / grey.
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    E39 M5 - USA style!

    Yep.. they did. It bothers me - especially with the colour I have. Here's a friend's Silverstone that shows his Euro style headlights with the clear coloured indicators. In my books, it looks cool.
  3. ssbmw

    E39 M5 - USA style!

    Yep!!!! Well done... those amber indicator lenses bother me... will be getting that done soon. well done Martin! I hear that you are a Mr E39 M5 in Nz. Would love to catch up someday.
  4. ssbmw

    E39 M5 - USA style!

    No. Good try. If you quickly look at an Euro E39 M5 you’ll get it.
  5. ssbmw

    E39 M5 - USA style!

    Hello there, it's been awhile since I provided any commentary on the acquisition of Bluewater. I have owned her for nigh on 10 months now, and as one may suspect, my enjoyment of the car never ceases to amaze me . I live in Northern California - in the San Francisco Bay area where there are ample places to enjoy the features of a very practical, tactile M car. As many owners have found, what would you purchase to replace it that provides the power, handling, and charisma of a 6 -speed M powered brute? Possibly a E90 M3? There have been the age-related pro-active maintenance that I have embarked on such as the replacement of various hosing, power steering pump, and thermostat. The next step is the replacement of the suspension components such as control arms / bushes. Being a nice -day -driver only though - will probably get that going later in the year. As mentioned before, the 'Los Angeles' style chrome style 65 wheels will eventually get refurbished. However, there is one thing that bothers me about that I need to sort out too - from an aesthetic view that I really like about the Euro (including the Australasian market) style E39 M5 that the US market never got. Something external- visually obvious. Can anyone work it out?
  6. So possibly 2-3 nz new 3.6 M5’s ( and lots of imports), 3 with 3.8’s, and no doubt the odd import too. However, why so rare? Was this due to the effects of the share market crash in 87?’ I suspect too that BMW weren’t as good with their marketing back then for their M5’s. A lot of people didn’t really know what a M5 entailed. A far cry from the success Bmw had with subsequent versions of the M5.
  7. To be fair, not sure the 18” wheels look right. A nice set of staggered 17” style 5’s would add to the look!
  8. Wow very cool. So how bad was the damage when the car was in the accident? A pre-face lift then? The titanium trim with the Imola / black leather looks grouse
  9. No dogleg - they appeared on the early left hand drive examples possibly
  10. The plain m badge was standard on the m635csi. Despite it being a fully fettled M car, the m influences were subtle- m on the rear and front grill, m steering wheel, and M under the tachometer. Even the gear shift by factory had no tri colour branding- unlike the E28 M5 that had more distinctive m branding
  11. Not quite what i was getting at but well done. What stopped me from doing a deal on the car 10 years ago was the colour. The owner at the time was a retired prestige paint shop owner who bought the car from an insurance company sale as it was stolen- circa early 1990’s. He hated the original (cosmos blue- which is a light blue/ silver colour). So he painted it Traum Schwarz- which is a dark green/black. Which is a very rare colour- that saw itself on Z1’s. It was a nice car otherwise- but the non original colour bothered me. Cosmos blue was pretty cool in my opinion. Yes, looks like head unit was replaced too- very rarely do you see them original any more!!!!
  12. Here’s another super rare classic from the 80’s for sale. One of approximately 20 that arrived in NZ brand new in the 80’s. I saw this for sale in 2008/2009 in Hamilton for $28k. Apart from the wheels, notice anything that is distinctly non- original? https://trademe.nz/motors/cars/bmw/m6/listing/2018549347
  13. Ah yes, i remember you!! You brought the car over when you migrated- correct?! Yes, your one was a nice straight daily driver! Hope you are well!
  14. Jooles’s car was a red 850i that was painted by its ex owner who lived in Hamilton. The 850csi I mentioned that originated in Singapore resides in Tauranga - and is red with black leather and sits on 17” Throwing stars. Briefly on trademe for $90k 10 years ago. Didn’t sell. Has about 65000 Kms on the clock.
  15. Hey there, very interesting! What colour was your example? I remember 12-15 years ago when there were 3 in the country that people knew of- a ex Singaporean example in hell or brilliant red, a black one that was ex UK. Then we heard about this silver one through the threads here on Bimmersport- with time-warp low mileage. During that time an ex UK purple one arrived in the country that was coated in rust- inhibiting it from achieving compliance. Of course, ‘Mr E31’ Alan Ferguson brought in a batch of E31’s over the last 10 years that included a few special CSI’s. I was not aware of your car. These things are super rare- only 160 made in RHD. A friend of mine owns this car and it is a gem. It has to be one of the best in the world. A worthy addition to a BMW collection!
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