BMW 520 (E12)

EN­GINE 1990cc/6-cyl/OHC POWER 120bhp@6000rpm TORQUE 120lb ft@4000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 122mph 0-60MPH 11.7sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 27.4mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man MoT 12 months from sale ODOME­TER 25,026 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? This is as close to a new E12 as you’re likely to find. Ev­ery­thing feels drum-tight and there are no rat­tles to be heard. The straight-six en­gine idles smoothly and qui­etly, but de­liv­ers an im­pres­sive growl un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion be­fore fad­ing away at cruis­ing speeds. Per­for­mance is re­spectable and the car feels sta­ble at speed. The sus­pen­sion is firm enough to feel sporty but as a base model it in­evitably errs more to­wards com­fort. The gearshift feels firm and me­chan­i­cal, but the power-as­sisted steer­ing still feels heavy, es­pe­cially when park­ing. That said, there’s zero slack in the sys­tem so the car goes ex­actly where you point it. The brakes of­fer lit­tle feed­back but are ef­fec­tive and stop the car fast and straight. BODY­WORK CHECK The stun­ning orig­i­nal Tur­ma­lin metal­lic green paint cov­ers im­mac­u­late panels. There are vir­tu­ally no de­fects, just one chipped and touched-in area be­hind the off­side rear door han­dle. The light lenses and plas­tics look new, the tinted green glass is crys­tal clear and the chrome bumper and win­dow frame trim is per­fect, though there’s light pit­ting to the door han­dles. The sil­ver-painted steel wheels are im­mac­u­late and shod with well-treaded 175 R14 Courier Sport tyres, though the side­walls look rather old. HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? With the car hav­ing cov­ered so few miles, the in­te­rior re­mains in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion. The seat fab­ric is un­marked, with only a slight crease in the driver’s bol­ster the only in­di­ca­tion that it has ever been sat in. The beige car­pets are like new, with good colour and deep pile. The head­lin­ing is spoiled only by some dis­col­oration on the C-pil­lar. It’s easy to find a com­fort­able driv­ing po­si­tion, thanks to a three-way ad­justable driver’s seat and mov­able steer­ing col­umn. The wooden gear knob and dash in­serts are per­fect and the ash­trays have never been used. The boot also looks like it’s never been touched, the orig­i­nal bootlid tool­kit is still present and the orig­i­nal Blaupunkt Ham­burg ra­dio still in the dash­board. All four seats are fit­ted with fac­tory in­er­tia reel seat belts. UN­DER THE BONNET There is some light sur­face rust on the cast me­tal and patina on other sur­faces. The in­ner wing paint is shiny and the orig­i­nal stick­ers are still present. There are no leaks and the en­gine bay looks orig­i­nal and undis­turbed. THE CCW VIEW This BMW’s first owner kept it un­til 2008 and the car comes with a thick his­tory file go­ing back to the in­voice from L&C BMW, which main­tained it un­til 2003 – the me­chan­i­cal con­di­tion re­flects this. Per­haps its low spec has saved it from be­ing abused, but this re­ally is a time-warp clas­sic that drives like a new car.

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