Cars Then & Now

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1985 BMW M5
Original Base Price: $47,825 (1988)
In 1979 BMW introduced the M535i with performance features that made it the predecessor to the actual M5 that came to market in Europe in 1985. The first M5 boasts a top speed of 153 mph courtesy of its 3.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine producing 282 horsepower. Only 2,191 were built, making it one of the rarest M5s. The first generation M5 was only sold in the U.S. for the 1988 model year, powered by a 256-horsepower 3.5-liter double-overhead-cam inline 6-cylinder combined with a 5-speed manual transmission. All 1988 M5s sold in the U.S. were black with a tan leather interior, but black with a black leather interior was available for the Canadian market.

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