A pristine BMW E34 518i SE with just 29,194 miles from new.
All-steel monocoque body, all-round rigidity safety cell, controlled deformation zones, colour coded bumpers and external mirrors, double halogen headlamps, ellipsoid dipped headlamps, green heat-protection glass, chromed entry strips, dual zone temperature control, front and C-pillar courtesy lighting, high gloss Burr walnut console, gear knob and door cappings, driver’s airbag, rear armrest, electric windows, electrically adjusting door mirrors, service interval indicator, cigar lighter, Blaupunkt Montreux RCR 44 radio cassette. SE Factory Option Pack; Metallic paint, ellipsoid technology fog lamps, exterior mirror, screen washer nozzles and driver’s door lock heated, electric sliding/tilting sunroof, safety light alloy wheels in TD styling, central front armrests. Factory options; Rear seat head restraints. Dealer accessories; BMW tailored over mats.
This exceptional E34 model BMW 518i SE has been wonderfully cherished and preserved in original condition with one owner from new to April 2022! The factory applied paint finished in BMW Maldives Blue, (Code 290), was a standard feature of the highly desirable SE Option Pack which included metallic paint. The paintwork boasts an astonishing fresh and bright shine, and all panels are original, pin straight and damage free. Only a couple of tiny chips to the bonnet are worthy of mention to an otherwise pristine finish. All exterior trim, glass and lights remain in perfect order and the supplying dealer number plates, rear screen sticker and tax disc holder remain fitted. The underside is free from anything other than factory underseal and it has been continuously garaged from new. Factory stickers remain within the door apertures and the inner door sill plates have some age-related tarnishing. A classic E34 offering and difficult to imagine being surpassed in this condition.
The driver-orientated ergonomically designed interior showcases exemplary craftsmanship. The cloth flock velour upholstery trimmed in Light Silver-Grey is flawless and a testament to the fastidious ownership and very low mileage this example has enjoyed. The immaculate seats are completely free from wear and the original velour carpeting has been wonderfully protected by BMW over mats from new. As you sit in the driving seat behind the driver inclined dashboard, the showroom fresh appeal of this brilliant car becomes ever so apparent and all functions operate exactly as intended. The untouched first aid kit still in its cellophane wrapper and working glove-compartment torch completes the real ‘as new’ feel of this car. A complete toolkit is correctly housed inside the boot lid and the fastidious owner even sourced a brand-new section of carpet colour matched to the exterior paintwork to protect the original boot mat! This car is an enthusiast’s delight!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This very late E34 518i SE is fitted with the revised and much improved M43 four-cylinder engine displacing 1796cc and producing 115bhp. The engine performs impeccably and is whisper quiet at all speeds while a top speed and 0-62mph is quoted at 123mph and 12.3 seconds respectively. The spotless engine bay is worthy of bonnet-up showcasing with protective factory wax displaying a correct zinc coloured finish to the inlet manifold and cam cover as well as all labels, plates and stickers bright and intact. The 5-speed manual gearbox is light and precise with such a low mileage Ultimate Driving Machine.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original SE specification Safety Alloy wheels in TD Styling are immaculate, as are the hex head centre caps with BMW badges. These beautiful classic BMW wheels are wrapped in premium brand Uniroyal 225/60 R15 tyres with excellent tread remaining and the spare wheel even still wears its factory supplied Uniroyal tyre which has never been used! The anti-lock braking system with internally ventilated discs all-round brings this executive BMW to a straight and assured halt.
Registered new on 1st August 1994 by BMW Main Dealers, L.J. Irvine & Sons Ltd of Bridgewater, this stunning example was purchased new by a Mr Reason. Purchased upon retirement, Mr Reason also treated himself to private number plate with his initials ‘DLR’ and the car was used only very sparingly yet regularly. Strictly garaged when not in use and with MOT requirements undertaken each year without exception, the current displayed 29,194 miles is warranted and Mr Reason owned the car until April 2022!
The original BMW A5 wallet neatly houses all the handbooks, radio guides and point of sale literature and four original keys including the master key blade. The history file further consists of an original sales brochure, as well as previous MOT certificates and service invoices. The most recent full service was carried out at 28,766 miles with the service indicator displaying a full complement of green markers. This example is certain to delight the classic BMW aficionado appreciative of the E34 marque, seeking an unmolested factory standard showpiece.
MOT May 2023, HPI Clear