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About Calypso-E34

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    Inverness
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    Modern Classic Cars
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    Financial Controller, Company Secretary, Company Director.

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    F10 525d SE Auto ; E34 520i SE Auto

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  1. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    I wonder what this car is worth now. E34 prices seem to be on the up, but it's a 520i auto, which would hold it back a little bit.
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    E 28 520i project

    This is a nice looking car - I'm looking forward to seeing it when it's finished. The E28 is an itch I haven't scratched yet!
  3. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Cheers! I’ve loved having most of the Fives I’ve had, all for different reasons - I wouldn’t say more or less. This is the first 520i I’ve had. The other E34s were all 525s. I suppose if I had to pick a favourite, the Calypso red one with the Alpina bits would be hard to get past.
  4. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Yep - Coopers of Reading. I traced it back via BMW. A chap on this very forum made up the sticker and the plates for me
  5. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    So, I picked the car up this morning, and attended to a couple of small things like the dealer sticker and tax disc holder, and fitted the clear rear indicators. I like this setup, it I do think the car looks more original on the Ambers, despite the fact that clears we’re an option at the time. Lots of work gone into this car from lots of people, so thanks chaps - Andrew Everett for rescuing it and getting it back on the road, Kenny at the Wheel Specialist in Inverness for refurbishing the wheels good as new, James Sutherland at Highland Polishing in Inverness for the detailing work, Tim Pollock, Geoff Sutton, David Olias and Cotswold BMW for various parts - and lastly - ME! I’m very pleased with the way the car has turned out. Anyway - done for now - just the OEM CD changer left to fit.
  6. Calypso-E34

    Car brochures - I think I might have a problem....

    Me too. A nice E32....
  7. Calypso-E34

    Car brochures - I think I might have a problem....

    I thought I’d just keep BMWs and Saabs, and a few others I’ve owned, or Dad has. Been mulling that over. For months.
  8. After thinking about it many times, and selling off a few, I thought I’d get my arse into gear and catalogue all these, so I don’t start duplicating purchases. I had had no idea that I had so many of these - and there are others I’d like still!! Does anyone else do this? I blame Rupert - he started me off!!! At least it’s nowhere near as long as my 1:43 scale model car list - 244 of those! But I’m going to sell a lot of those I think. I’m away to have a beer now - I’ll type this up tomorrow.
  9. Calypso-E34

    A ‘P’ plate e34.

    I've had 6 E34s, and of those, only one had a passenger airbag. To be fair, only one had Park Distance Control too - the same car.
  10. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    So - with the exception of sticking on the clear rear lamps and the re-made main dealer stickers, that's it - job done for now. Without a respray, the body is now looking as good as it is ever going to be - and I'm very pleased with it. Obviously there are still a few odd blemishes in it - stone chips, a couple of patches where bird lime was left to linger too long, but on the whole, it's nice. Refurbished wheels make a big difference to the car too. Inside, it's looking just as good. Cloth seats are nice with no rips or tears, facelift door cards and dash sorted out the delaminating trim which was there before. Nice OEM stereo system installed in there too, and that sounds just fine. Next thing will be the MOT in September!
  11. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Well there you go - every day's a school day after all!
  12. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    BMW's dealer colour? Does that mean what it sounds like - that Dealers were allocated certain colours?
  13. Calypso-E34

    Opinion on these cars..

    You're looking at two quite different cars here. One is a well equipped 2010 60k mile SE spec saloon from a BMW Main Dealer at £12000, which will come with a very comprehensive 1 year BMW Approved Used warranty. The other, also well equipped, 2012 106k mile Sport spec touring from a used car dealer for a grand less, without the comprehensive warranty. If you don't need the practicality of the estate and don't mind SE spec, I'd be buying the Main Dealer car every time. That said - shop around a bit more - you may well find an Approved Used Sport for around the same money.
  14. Calypso-E34

    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Yep - Orient blue, so has a clear coat. I don’t think yours will have a clear lacquer finish as it’s a solid red - but someone here will know for sure. I know now nothing about paint depths etc, so what I have learned is that it’s worth getting a pro to sort the body, and then maintain it myself. The man who did this job also did a Volvo V70 for me four years ago, and the finish was still awesome 3 years later with just basic car care.
  15. Calypso-E34

    A trip in the vert...

    You won a million pounds Rupert?
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