BMW 525i E28 saloon "Restoration Project " - Having been off the road since approximately 1988, this now rare 525i version of BMW's E28 saloon. First registered in October 1983 the recorded mileage is only 98,000 but there is no evidence to back this up and the car is being offered as a restoration project.
The vendor says that when he first obtained it after standing for so long, it was a non-runner that turned out to need a new ECU for the fuel injection. Probably why the car was left in the first place due to the cost of new ones back in 1988! The motor now runs well with no nasty noises etc apart from the fan belt squeals on the odd occasion. The exhaust is good and the gearbox seems to select all gears as it should (not been driven other than on a private road at reduced speeds). The brakes work but are low and it needs a new battery. Tyres need replacement due to age and cracking, alloys are nice.
The body work is surprisingly sound with just one rear door showing signs of bubbling on its lower corner. The worse bit is the front valance below the front bumper that is badly corroded but not beyond repair. The bonnet has a small dent on its "nose" corresponding with a front bumper that has sustained slight damage. Otherwise the paint has various scratches etc throughout and really should be considered as needing a respray but up to the new owner. Underneath looks again to be very sound with no holes etc.
Interior wise the driver's seat has suffered the usual problem all early 80's BMW's had with this material and worn prematurely, otherwise the other seats are very good, as are door trims etc.
All four electric windows were working but one has now stopped. The overhead warning panel operates as do all the lighting, horn etc around the car but the speedo console, again a very common fault, has suffered with the "leaking battery syndrome" ( Google it) and only partially works.
All in all well worth saving and offered with a very realistic reserve as these cars are now rare and values increase daily. No MOT so cannot be driven away.
Estimate £800 to £1200