1976 BMW 520i

1976 BMW 5-Series

Technical specifications of BMW 5-Series 1976

Price: -
Condition: Used
Item location: Austin, Texas, United States
Make: BMW
Model: 5-Series
Trim: ALPINA / "Bayerischer Bastard" 4-Door 520
Year: 1976
Mileage: 130,000
Color: Golf Yellow
Transmission: 4 Speed
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Options: Recaro Leather Seats, Alpina Steering Wheel, Alpina Trim, Alpina Ground Effects, Enkei Classic Wheels, Leather Seats, CD Player
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

This 1976 BMW 520i was imported through California, ived in Salt Lake City for several years after California, hen I purchased it when I lived in Des Moines 6 years ago and brought it to Austin 2 years ago. These "Bavarian Bastards" were set up and ready to go to be Alpina specials from 1973 - 1976. This car had all the trim components added (seats, teering wheel, inyl decals, ody trim) but I don't think it ever received the A4/A4S/A5 Alpina tuning kit - which among other things would have added dual Weber carbs to the engine. This one is outfitted with a single Weber.It came from the factory with an M10 4-cylinder and a 4-speed manual, set-up never offered in the USA. It is also an original Golf Yellow car with very few options as is typical of Euro market examples. (NOTE: No air conditioning). The Alpina front air dam and stripes are aggressive but almost blend in considering the loud aesthetic dictated by the factory color. Great looking Enkei wheels. Black turbine alloys are nicely matched and the dainty non-USA bumpers give improved proportions. H&R springs and Bilstein dampeners give it a gentle rake, nd the engine is fed by a Weber 32/36 carb. It needs some cosmetics but is a solid runner. It was the perfect charity rally car for me - I could drive long distances for hours on end and the car wouldn't hesitate a bit. The seats fit like a glove and really made long drives pretty easy. I've driven this car from Utah to Iowa, owa to northern Wisconsin, owa to Kansas, nd Iowa to Texas. No issues except had to replace the alternator on the Kansas trip.I've entered it into many charity rallies over the past 6 years. It has an aftermarket fuel cell in the trunk and a nice aftermarket stereo. There are typical issues of a 40-year old car, nd it's going to take a little love to bring it up to mint (or drive it as it is) but it's solid. Perfect candidate for a, n my opinion, retty easy restoration (restore while you drive). I just have too many projects and a new family. Going to miss this one but really want to get it into someone's hands that is going to love this car as much as I have.This car is in Austin, exas. You'll need to plan on getting it picked up as soon as possible, y storage is coming to an end. If you need some time I may be able to be flexible, ut you'll need to message me before the end of the auction. Otherwise, 'm assuming the buyer will be able to make arrangements to pick up the car pretty quickly.Check out BMWISM dot com and /all_bmw_alpina_cars.htmReselling do to a nonpayment/no show buyer. Very reasonable reserve price, ut please don't ask what it is. Some questions I've answered thus far:
  • Is it a true Alpina? I think I've described to the best of my ability what is Alpina about this car and what isn't. Do your research. This is a pretty amazing BMW, ikely the only one like it in the United States. But I'm not sure of it's exact pedigree.
  • The engine bay shows "cracks." This is not the body. It has a dampener/firewall material installed. My belief is it is factory installed. This material is cracking a bit and looks more dramatic in the photos than it really is. This has nothing to do with the metal underneath.
  • Is there rust? Yes there is some surface rust. I think it is contained to surface areas at this point. The BMW is a solid runner and will continue to drive while you figure out what you want to do. The car looks nearly exactly as it did 6 years ago when I bought it, o I don't think it has gotten much worse. As they say, t's a 10-footer (looks great from 10 feet).
  • Is there any official stamping/tagging on the car and/or in the engine bay from Alpina? No.
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