BMW M5 LE ‘ 1995

A UK Only Limited Edition to end the Production of the (E34) M5 in the UK. These were limited to just 50 vehicles.

Originally going to be called the “Steve Soper Edition” it was, at the final hour changed to quite simply the Limited Edition or LE. The Steve Soper reference even gets a mention in the Factory print out of the vehicles.

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The UK Only Brochure for the ” Orinoco Green ” Edition. 1995

Even though these were the run out editions of the E34 M5, you could still order a ‘standard’  M5. These editions were special due to the colours being used from the BMW ” Individual Programme “. These two versions were in Rosso Red with Champagne Leather & Natural Poplar Wood Trim or Orinoco Green with Petrol Mint Leather & Graphite Birds Eye Maple Wood Trim.

M5 LE green - don't know number.. 117k miles @ Nov 2012. int - Copy
The Petrol Mint Interior of the Orinoco Green Edition.

 

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The Champagne Interior of the Rosso Red Edition ©bmw

They were all six-speed manual. Options included a M-tech 4-Spoke Airbag Steering Wheel & Automatic Air Conditioning.

A special feature was the Numbered Plaque that graced the gearbox wood surround, each with a number from 1 to 50. These had no significance to how they came off the production line, it was more a random choice from BMW.

M5 LE No49. Green..Jan 2016 copy
No49 of the run of 50 M5 Limited Edition, this being Orinoco Green

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In total, there were 50 UK cars, 35 were produced in Orinoco Green and 15 finished in Rosso Red.

I’ve saved these numbers for about 15 years and I still don’t have them all! But through old adverts and making notes over the years my research comes down to this:

ROSSO RED NUMBERS ARE:

*02 *07 *16 *17 *19 *20 *21 *22 *23 *32 *50 (11 Cars – Oct 2017

There is one P ‘registered car which is No16.

ORINOCO GREEN NUMBERS ARE:

*01 *03 *04 *05 *08 *09 *11 *14 *24 *25 *26 *28 *29 *30 *31 *33 *34 *35 *36 *38 *39 *40 *44 *45 *46 *47 *49  (27 Cars – Oct2017)

There are at least two cars that have been broken. No 03 is now living in Australia. Very few have low mileage! Most are over 100k so it’s lovely to hear of one under that figure come for sale. I believe there are at least two cars that are one owners from new….

So currently there are 38 cars registered in HowManyMade but that’s not checking more adverts (still a lot unchecked ) and using data from old formats of storage, so maybe at least two more…

MORE TO FOLLOW ON THIS EDITION including old Adverts and more pictures….

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