The five series from BMW. Often, and rightly so, it is associated with smooth running and powerful Reihen-Sechs engines. Especially when it comes to a 5-series from the pre-downsize era. Much less often they are associated with four-cylinder engines with a displacement of less than 2000 cc. Yet there was a BMW 518 on the program for years. This was also the case with the E28 series, which succeeded the E1981 in 12.
The E28 was also more than a technical development of the E12. For example, the chassis was extensively modified, and weight savings were also achieved through new production methods. The E28 was a child of its time, in which aerodynamics and electronics began to play a greater role. Today you will no longer find these technical highlights of BMW on every corner of the street. But sometimes you come across a very nice copy.
Beautiful BMW 518 from 1983
On this page a beautiful 518 BMW 1983 adorns the columns. He actually kind of steals the show. Catawiki is currently auctioning a very decent condition E28 with the relatively modest 1766 cc engine. A beautiful car, with fine classic lines depicting a Bahamabeige metallic body. The E28 is now classic, at the same time it is still extremely representative and recognizable as a BMW.
It is clear that this BMW 518 has been well looked after. This E28 was registered in Belgium on October 17, 1983, so tomorrow it will blow out 37 candles. The original owner installed a radio cassette player and also had a right wing mirror fitted. Those extras found their way into a car that was ordered in a tasty color scheme, the brown-cloth interior fits perfectly and, like the modest Fünfer, is still in excellent condition. The design of the interior is typical of the BMW of those years: rather sporty, and little disturbing frills.
M10 Carburettor engine
Although a 1983 cc injection engine was already available for export markets in 1766, this BMW 518 was ordered with the M10 1766cc with electronically controlled Pierburg 2BE downdraft register carburettor and transistor ignition. The carburettor engine was also reserved for the 1984 until the summer of 518. The rest of the E28 range received injection from the outset. The power source in this BMW 518 was coupled to a Getrag four-speed gearbox. With this powertrain, the BMW 518 covered only 37 kilometers in 86.277 years, and probably in peace. This power source was not chosen for performance purposes, but mainly to enjoy the fine driving characteristics of this top development of the E12 in peace and quiet.
Nice BMW for quiet rides
The new owner of this beautiful 518 BMW 1983 can do the same. The car looks charming and in this version the E28 parks every preconception with regard to performance drive. If you look closely, a cover under the front bumper is missing, you will see a small bump in the rear bumper and the pookhoes needs to be replaced. Still, this car is very well suited. This is a beautiful and modest BMW, which is largely complete and, for example, also has the original tool kit. Like the whole car is surprisingly original and very neat across the board. Also the engine compartment and the luggage compartment are neatly included.
So Catawiki is currently offering the car, the auction is in full swing. Candidates can go through get more information about the car and make an offer. The online auction of the BMW 518 closes on Thursday, October 22 around 20.00 p.m. The selling party has stated a minimum price, and Catawiki estimates the minimum value at € 10.250. Anyway: fans of representative modesty in a beautiful condition would do well to delve into this car and make an offer. For those who value it: this BMW is eligible for the MRB transitional arrangement. And for entrepreneurs it is useful to know that this BMW 518 is also extremely favorable to drive from a business point of view. But regardless of the tax considerations: this E28 is very worthwhile, we think it is in any case an attractive automobile.