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.
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 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.
They were all six-speed manual. Options included an 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.
In total, there were 50 UK cars, 35 were produced in Orinoco Green and 15 finished in Rosso Red.
Production started in March 1995 through to June 1995. With the VIN numbers going from the first being 0323 up to the last being 0372, both of these being Green cars
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 so far:
ROSSO RED NUMBERS ARE:
*02 *07 *13 *16 *17 *18 *19 *20 *21 *22 *23 *32 *50 (13 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. Including No44 which is believed scrapped. 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 owner from new… one is believed to be near new and stored away, that’s in Rosso. (£75k? when it surfaces, I bet…)
So currently there are 40 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 or 3 more… hopefully 10 more!
Here are a few adverts found from research… more to come.
This advert below left is from October 1995… The right-hand advert is from Jan 1996, Did your car come from one of these garages? This will be your car.
This car below is from Jan 1996 – from Benham of Wolverhampton… your car?
And below an Orinoco Green edition from an original advert for Alan Kerr, later to become Damon Hill BMW in Warwick in 1995…
MORE TO FOLLOW ON THIS EDITION including more old Adverts and more pictures…
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