In 1984, at Amsterdam Motor Show, BMW unveiled to the world, a car that would become an instant legend. With the E28 M5, BMW created a car that was up for the social responsibility of a family sedan while a performance monster lurked inside its soul. The car had subtle sporting touches as compared to the base car, however it was a different beast altogether. The car was hand built by BMW Motorsport division that happily installed a variation of the newly developed BMW M1 engine in the car. The subtlety was exchanged by the competition models of the car with their race livery. The cars had a host of motorsport parts and one of these 1985 BMW M5 Superproduction examples are coming for auction at RM Sotheby’s early September at London.
The car in question BMW M5 Superproduction is powered by a 3,453 cc inline six-cylinder engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection that produces a staggering 460bhp. The transmission duties on the car are taken care by a five-speed Getrag close-ratio manual transmission. Other race spec equipment listing are such as a ZF limited-slip differential, four-wheel independent suspension with front McPherson struts and coil springs, and rear semi-trailing arms and coil springs; and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. The car had a dry-sump lubrication system as well.
In the 1985 racing season, this same car was driven by the legendary French race-driver Marc Sourd, winning the 1985 GP de Nogaro, Challenge Pacific in it. The car also featured in an elaborate feature in Echappement magazine as well. The feature also talked about Marc and many of his contemporaries, interestingly, a copy of the magazine will be provided with the car as well.
This 1985 BMW M5 Superproduction you see in these pictures is in a perfect race ready state. Furthermore, the car’s engine and the drivetrain have undergone a complete restoration recently. However, we reckon the original body with the real race time bruises makes this car even more special. When this 1985 BMW M5 Superproduction goes under the hammer on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at RM Sotheby’s London auction, it is expected to fetch anywhere in between £85,000 – £110,000.