As much as it pains me to write this I have to put my E39 B10 V8 Touring up for sale as spares or repair.
A year or so ago the car developed a misfire and I stopped using it. When I had time I tried to establish the fault but to no avail so recently, when funds allowed I sent it to a well-known and well regarded Independent BMW specialist. He very quickly established that the N/S head-gasket had blown between cylinders and worse still, there was scoring on the bore of number 6 cylinder. It’s worth pointing out the car was running well enough to drive the 15 or so miles there without any issues of smoke, overheating or mis-firing.
So with a scored bore and my personal financial circumstances not allowing for purchasing a replacement block I have to face reality and admit that I cannot afford to fix the car. The rest of the car is in remarkably good shape save for a small amount of corrosion that will need attention on the rear of the sills, and a section of the rear brake pipes that will need replacing soon.
The car is 0012, a 2001 facelift car and the last rhd B10 V8 Touring before the introduction of the B10 V8S Touring. It was the Sytner demonstrator and as such was loaded with some nice goodies that took the list price from £56,950 to £74,000.
It is Individual metallic Steel Grey with Individual Silver-Grey extended leather.
Externally it has full Celis lights and xenon headlights with replacement aluminium adjusters, high gloss black exterior trim, front facelift Alpina spoiler, BMW aero high tailgate spoiler and the rare Alpina lower tailgate lip on the (still working) powered tailgate. It has the oval electric, memory, auto-dip, folding M5 exterior mirrors , white indicators throughout and glass tilt/slide sunroof. It has self-levelling suspension, headlight washing system but it does not have the long roof rails.
The interior is unmarked silver-grey extended leather, black dash top and door cappings with the rare and desirable Anthracite Birch wood trim; heated, electric, memory Sports seats to which I have added the OEM lumbar supports to make them the same spec as the M5 seats, rear door sunblinds, MkIV widescreen sat-nav and freeview TV tuner, DSP with OEM Bluetooth – all functioning perfectly. It has the later three spoke Switch-Tronic steering wheel , Alpina door sill trims, and it has the very, very rare black Touring headlining with high gloss black extended interior lighting. It wears the staggered 18” softline wheels with some small amount of tread left but the wheels are unmarked completely since refurbishment, and the spare has yet to have a tyre fitted since it was refurbished, and there are at least three keys for the set of matching locks on the wheel centre caps.
It has become very obvious since talking to a friend who is a breaker that in its current condition the car is worth far more in parts and will break for well over £8000 by the time you strip it completely and well over £5k just by simply unbolting most of the high spec stuff I have mentioned above. I have only advertised here and the alpinaregister as I am hoping the car would go to an enthusiast who may have sufficient skills or funds to sort out a replacement engine and then provide a cosseted life for this beautiful, rare, very high specification car.
If anyone is interested the price is £5000. I will not listen to any lower offers for the complete car as the figures clearly demonstrate the value of the parts on this specific car.
Should the car not find a home fairly soon I will break the car myself and post individual prices for parts at that point. Please don’t contact me about breaking the car or asking for specific parts at this stage, that time will come soon enough if the car fails to find a home.
PM me if you are interested in the car and I'll get in touch by telephone - I'm not one for posting my telephone number on the forum.