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Meet Vlad.
'87 BMW 535is

He has 170K miles, so he's still relatively young for an E28. The color is Zinno red. Stock M30B34 engine and 5-speed.

Note, my Vlad has nothing to do with bad Vlad. Bad Vlad might be a bad guy. My Vlad is a car. Definitely a nice car.

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Brilliant. And Clean.

For my budget, I didn't think I'd find an E28 this clean. I'm giddy about the prospect of driving him regularly in the Seattle weather and keeping him this clean. That's what I do.

I'm the 3rd owner. First purchased in Orange County, CA and then sold to a guy in Santa Barbara in 2000. I bought it in March 2013.

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Black Sport Interior. Ready to drive.

People ask "why not an M5".

First is the cost. An E28 M5 in the condition Vlad is in is in the $30-50K range these days.

Second is that I don't like tan interiors. Almost all E28 M5s sold in the US were black on tan. If I bought an M5 I'd end up hating it until I re-did the interior in black. Vlad has the black Sport interior.


Original Paint. Zinno Red.

I love taking care of cars' finishes. Driving Vlad daily and keeping the paint looking as good as it does now (which is as good as it looked when new) is a fun challenge!

The BMWNA name for the color is Cinnabar Red, in German that's Zinnoberrot.

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Unmolested. Mostly.

The previous owner has made some smart mods:

I have some plans:


The Ultimate. Driving Machine.

The first drive was 1,200 miles from Santa Barbara to Seattle.

21.5mpg. Cruised at highway+ speeds effortlessly. Super comfy and tight.

I drive Vlad to work daily, about 20 miles on mixed highway & city streets. So far it's the perfect daily driver with a great stereo, seats, and sporty driving feel. Every gas station stop has resulted in someone commenting on him too.


Follow Along. Community.

There's a great online community for E28 owners at www.MyE28.com. I have a thread there where I will post updates and status as I drive, break, fix, and tweak Vlad.

Watch Vlad's Life on MyE28.com