The 1985 BMW M535i has 500 hp and 24-carat gold details

Too many people use the word ‘unique’ to describe things that are basically just special. This E28 BMW 535i is truly unique, after the owner has been working on its personalization for 16 years.

Colin Baker bought this old Series 5 with the intention of carrying out a sympathetic restoration. Clearly, the ‘sympathetic’ restoration did not take place, but instead Baker painted the old limousine purple and decorated it with 24-carat gold details, writes

BMW M535i

The metallic color Amethyst shade is the BMW Motorrada from the 1980s. Baker is a professional car painter and used a custom blend of shades to get some extra ultraviolet shades.

Baker started by just gilding the turbocharger, but then he started adding more gold items. Now most interior and exterior decorations have a gold metal cover. Baker estimates that there is between 5,500 and 6,000 pounds of gold on the car.

BMW M535i

The current turbocharged powertrain has about 500 hp (373 kW), and the next plan is to install an even larger turbocharger, which would also be gilded. The 5 Series is air-supported, and the installation was obviously hard work because the company did not make a kit specifically for the E28.

There are even more combinations between purple and gold in the cabin. Most of the interior is covered with alcantara, and Baker sewed all the pieces by hand. He says he has no plans to sell it. After so much work on the modifications, the only way he sees it is to continue personalizing the limousine for years to come, and then leave it to the family.


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