1988 BMW 535 iS.. the first M

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1988 BMW 535
Very Good
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Category  Foreign Cars

1988 BMW 535 iS The 535 iS was in essence the first M car to be introduced into the US. Instead of importing the M535i, they produced the 535iS, which was armed with the M30B34, 182 HP, fuel injected 6 cylinder; 5 speed manual gearbox; sport interior, sport suspension and front air dam and rear spoiler. That same year though, they did introduce the M5. This car has been owned by the same family for the last 8+ years and was well cared for as a regular driver. It was purchased from who .....
they believe to be the second, long term owner, who had the car for roughly 20 years. The engine, with 247K miles, still starts easily and runs strong, the engine bay being relatively dry with no major leaks. The interior has red sport seats over black carpet, and door cards. The seats are leather and 10 way power, that work in all directions. There is an installed replacement dash pad. Other interior amenities include power steering, power-anti-lock brakes (4 wheel disc), AC (will need a recharge), tilt wheel, cruise control, Pioneer 8 speaker stereo, power windows and power sunroof (currently not working). It is missing two of the ac/heat vent faces. The sport suspension consists of independent A-arms and struts up front and trailing arm independent in the back, both stiffened by anti-sway bars. It is also believed that the Alpine white paint is original. The car is rot free and only has some minor surface rust on the undercarriage and under hood and one small spot near the left rear window. The car drives well and is a blast to take through the corners. The ABS light is on but the ABS appeared to be working on several hard stops. The owner is selling due to family matters. Although a bit high mileage, the other good bits make this car a great buy for a weekend corner carver. Current asking price is $13,000 Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see in person or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks for the interest.
Power Locks
Air Conditioning
Power Seats
AM/FM Radio
Power Steering
CD Player
Power Windows
Cruise Control
Power Brakes
Tilt Wheel
Power Disc Brakes
AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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