This BMW M5 Wagon was imported to America 20 years ago, and now it's looking for a new owner.
Wagon enthusiasts rejoiced when BMW announced an M3 Touring is going into production for the first time ever. Sadly, it will be forbidden in America, but an online petition suggests there's a lot of demand for the M3 Wagon to come to the US so we're hoping the German automaker has a change of heart. BMW also sold a Touring version of the M5, but it was never sold in the US.
However, a rare opportunity has come up to buy an M5 Touring that was imported to the US. Listed for sale by Enthusiast Auto Group, this 1995 BMW M5 Touring is one of only 891 examples that rolled off the production line. And just to make it even rarer and more desirable, it's one of only two examples in the world finished in Santorini Blue.
Its first owner in Germany regularly drove the M5 Touring on the Autobahn during the late 1990s and reportedly achieved a top speed of over 180 mph. The car was then imported to the US by its second owner in 2000 before being acquired by Enthusiast Auto Group in 2006.
Under the hood, the BMW M5 Touring is powered by a 3.8-liter straight-six producing 311 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through a six-speed Getrag Type D Transmission, which was added for the final model year along with larger brake rotors with four-piston calipers, thicker sway bars, firmer suspension, and 18 inch wheels. Complementing the blue exterior is a white nappa leather interior with blue leather piping.
With 96,542 miles on the odometer, this M5 wagon may not be pristine, but it's in excellent condition for its age. Potentially, it could have even more power on tap as Enthusiast Auto Group performed a "no-expense-spared" engine restoration, adding new engine bearings, a new timing chain, new cylinder heads, and a water pump replacement. The coolant hoses, spark plugs, clutch kit, and flywheel was also replaced. During the service, the brake calipers, front thrust arms, front control arms, urethane rear sub-frame bushings, and rear pitman arms were rebuilt, and a new windshield was fitted.
This BMW M5 Wagon can be yours for $150,000 - that's more than a Porsche 911 GT3. That may seem steep, but a lot of work clearly went into the restoration. It's also extremely rare and the sales listing claims this was one of the most expensive M5 Touring models at the time as the car was specced with a long list of options.