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    Newbie with a E28 M535i

    Last few bits today - clutch slave cylinder seemed suspect so that got replaced with a new one whilst wheel alignment was done. Collecting the car this weekend!
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    530 MLE - Purchased!

    I managed to get in touch with Uli Sanne the previous owner of the 530 MLE i bought who shared some imagery with me from the last BMW event he ran the car in October 2008 in Kyalami race track. Interestingly the car has covered 124km in the 11.5 years since Uli sold it to the car collector i bought it from... Crazy! At the same time Ulrich Thieme from e12.de got in touch as he saw the car being registered on the M Registry and sent me a link to all 530 MLE he is aware of in existence. The common feeling amongst the community is only 7 road cars remain including number #23/108.
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    Newbie with a E28 M535i

    MOT time - first one in over 2.5 years! *Passed
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    530 MLE - Purchased!

    Whilst we are all dealing with Covid-19 and the extraordinary times set upon us, this has allowed me crack on with finishing my E28 M535i (on a separate thread) and scratch another itch i have had brewing for some time in the shape of an E12! I actually started out looking for a E28 M5 and quickly found myself mid search ending up on E12 M535i images, old for sale adverts and reading about other peoples projects. Thats when i came across Reg No: RDA 30 - a Henna Red E12 M535i that was previously owned by a member on here for many years and most recently owned by a Dutch chap who again, decided to sell before getting on with any major restoration work. I need to say thanks to Eric (Dutch chap) who was super helpful to me whilst considering buying his M535i - sent tonnes of images, videos, recommissioned the car mechanically and spent 45 minutes with me on video call showing me around the good, the bad and the ugly. Ultimately, in the end i passed up on the car as i spent the past 3 years restoring my E28 M535i in between work, travel and deciding what route i wanted to go which cost me a lot of time, money and enjoyment of driving the car. I didn't want that again so immediately parked the idea and promised myself no more until the E28 M535i was complete...then i would know if its just boredom during CV19 or if the idea would go away once i started to enjoy driving the E28 M535i. Again, its been 3 years!! As with all best intentions, they are not the solution to solve our problems and before i knew it i had somehow found myself in contact with a motorbike collector about a Ducati that - ironically -came about through someone helping me source an E28 M5 that i actually didn't want... It turned out the gentleman who owned the Ducati had many bikes in his collection and like any treasure hunt i asked the inevitable question - "do you collect cars?" Does he what...!!!! What came across via an email in the form of a 6 page Excel spreadsheet + a WeTransfer link to download supporting images and videos simply blew me away. I wont get into the car list as i wont know where to start but in short i will tell you where i started.... the columns with the letter B. In amongst the plethora of cars was of course a 2002 Turbo, E23 745i (M88 engine) manual, E30 333i, E30 Alpina C7, E34 Alpina B10 and then..... a E12 530 MLE. What happened next was pretty damn obvious and yes, best intentions and all that got cast aside immediately. Anyone who knows how rare it is to find an E12 is in good condition will know how even rarer a very clean E12 M535i is... the E12 530 MLE is probably next to unicorn status in terms of rarity, provenance and so on... So, today i can say i am the owner of a E12 530 MLE, number 23 of 110 Type 1 models ever built, that will come to the UK in the next few months (pending lockdown, shipping dates etc...). From the research i have done so far - limited at best - i dont believe there are any other 530 MLE in the UK? I waited 3 years to finish my E28 M535i and like waiting for that one bus you desperately want to arrive.... two come along at the same time!
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    Newbie with a E28 M535i

  6. Hope there is a good ending to this story! Following with interest
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    Everyone with a e28 put your pics up :D

    Getting there!
  8. Does anyone know what happened this car or know more about it? I actually came across it earlier today - in Holland - and jumped on here to see if it was a previous members car or if there was some history on it. Looks like the mileage hasnt moved much and from the pictures it hasnt had much work carried out other than some replacement panels etc...
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    Newbie with a E28 M535i

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    E28 Door Aperture Seals

    Does anyone have brand new or nearly new / great condition used door aperture seals for sale? I know they are available new from BMW but trying to avoid the mouth watering price if possible! 51721904327 (x1) 51721904328 (x2) I found a brand new 327 on eBay so list reflects this. Thanks in advance for any help.
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    New bloke with E12 M535i

    Great thread. Love an E12!
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    Newbie with a E28 M535i

    Also worth noting that original BMW parts have been used when and where possible. Everything has been sourced from @cotswoldbmwmini in Cheltenham with a hat-tip to their service and Alex in parts in particular!
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    Newbie with a E28 M535i

    Credit must go to Matt Summerfield and the guys at Body Motor Works - https://www.facebook.com/BodyMotorWorkscom/ - who’ve been so passionate about this restoration. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone, especially the older/classic BMW community, as they love an old BMW to bring back to life... evidently!
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    Newbie with a E28 M535i

    Shadow-line transformation now done. Done properly with Etch primer, black base coat and a 2k matte lacquer.
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    Newbie with a E28 M535i

    Coming together nicely! Waiting on new indicators, fogs and some new trims to finish off the assembly whilst painting some final bits in black to complete the chrome to shadow-line transformation. Ireland Engineering anti-roll bars will be fitted shortly and have some shiny new E38 4 Pot Brembo’s to replace the - basically unused - E34 M5 ATE’s. If anyone wants these calipers w/ Yellow Stuff pads or the original M535i anti-roll bars w/ new Poly bushes, let me know.