If you're not into blending in with the sea of beige SUVs that crowd today's highways, we don't blame you. We think this vintage 5-Series is a great way to stand out and enjoy the pleasures of vintage motoring at the same time. It's for sale. You should buy it.
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If you can't already tell by the pictures, this 530i is a first-generation car, which first arrived to the US in 1975. This car is a 1977 model year, and sports the company's M30 3.0-liter straight-six engine. It's the same powerplant found in the earlier 3.0 CSi coupe, sporting fuel injection. When new, it made nearly around 175 horsepower—not very much compared to today's luxury cars, but certainly enough to skirt through traffic, especially when you consider this car's lighter curb weight. Power get to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox.
Despite being over 40 years old, the car looks to be in fantastic shape. doesn't specify whether it's been through a restoration—only that it's been well kept and serviced regularly. It looks totally stock save for a set of beautiful vintage multi-spoke Alpina wheels. The paint shines brightly, and the interior seems barely broken-in. According to the listing's description, all functions work as they should, including the A/C and heater.
This 530i has only covered 85,744 miles since new, and can be yours for . Sure, it probably won't be as dead-reliable as a new commuter car, but given its current shape and service history, we don't think breakdowns will be too much of an issue—if you take care of it, that is.