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This one-owner 1997 BMW 540i is a car for enthusiasts. It's a V8-powered German sports sedan that you take full control of via the six-speed manual transmission. And so you know when it comes time for when real drivers want one now (and in the future,) they'll be looking for a luxury/performance sedan like this.

The E39 era of the 5-Series had that perfect look of understated German power. You see it in the well creased lines with subtle curves, legendary build quality, and the hood is built to really funnel attention to BMW's hallmark twin kidney grille. And this 540i even has a terrific set of bright 17-inch wheels. So it's able to convey premium with a sporty undertone all in the first glance. It especially helps when you have a factory Jet Black car. The paint shows some of its age as it prepares for the quarter-century milestone, but it still carries the kind of gloss that signals this was a precision-built machine that was cared for correctly by its one and only owner so far.

The Sand beige interior offers a timeless color combo against the black exterior, and this has the all-around clean look of a well-respected luxury machine. This is a modern classic, and so it still offers all the best in practical features, like dual front airbags, side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and a comfortable back seat that can carry family and friends. But because BMW makes the Ultimate Driving Machine, that means they focus all the important pieces around you. This highly original interior boasts some of the era's most comfortable leather bucket seats, and they are power adjustable to strike the perfect balance for grand touring comfort. And as a premium vehicle, BMW's engineers expertly worked to make sure that it was luxurious without being distracting. The stick shift is exactly where you always want to rest your right hand. And you are always just a short reach away from features like the dual-zone automatic A/C climate control, power windows, power locks, cruise control, premium AM/FM/CD stereo, and power sunroof.

Another reason to love the E39 era is that's when the 5-Series had a new V8 in its highest echelons. The 4.4-liter fuel-injected motor is a terrific all-around powerhouse. It's a 32-valve V8 with an aluminum block and dual overhead camshafts. It was built to be quick off the line and have plenty of muscle left to hustle you into triple-digit speeds. And so you can take this from an easy cruising luxury machine to a true performance car with just one downshift of the six-speed manual transmission. BMW's reputation is built on providing a car that is rooted in both performance and comfort. So they have engineered the fully independent suspension, power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes to all provide the ideal balance.

A stick-shift V8 5-Series is the kind of car that will be on plenty of collector's lists as it continues to mature into full classic status. That's why this one also comes with nice paperwork like the original window sticker and owner's manual packet. This is a special one-owner Bimmer, and so if you're a true enthusiast, you know you need to take this home. Call today!!!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1434311
  • Price:$17,995
  • Location:Lithia Springs, Georgia
  • Year:1997
  • Make:BMW
  • Model:5 Series
  • Exterior Color:Jet Black
  • Interior Color:Sand
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:71822
  • Stock Number:5717-ATL
  • VIN:WBADE5324VBV90628

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