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M Division completists with an itchy wallet, look away now: seven examples of the M5 are up for auction soon. And with decent numbers on their odometers, these are used and attainable, rather than being OTT, headline-grabbing showpieces, the like of which have dominated car auctions of late.

Covering every generation bar the current F10, they come from one man’s collection and range from an early and superb looking E28 M5 of 1987 vintage to a 25th Anniversary special edition of the E60, registered in 2010. Estimated to fetch over £25,000, the latter is the only car with a reserve, making the other six exceedingly tempting indeed.
 
Those seeking the best fun-per-pound ratio should look at the E39 M5. Registered in 2000 and with service history to verify its 80,000 miles, it looks excellent in Imola Red and is arguably the finest M5 of them all, being the last one equipped with a manual gearbox, which came attached to the wonderful 394bhp V8 engine you’ll also find in the BMW Z8.

With prices of those now well north of £150,000, this M5 – which should sell for circa £10k – is something of a bargain.
 
If an early car takes your fancy, there’s a 1987 M535i. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s not technically an M5, rolling off the regular 5-Series production line and not handbuilt like its more illustrious sibling. It still looks mighty.
 
Most interesting, however, is one of three E34-generation cars on sale. Namely the 1993-vintage Touring, one of only 891 made.

Originally registered in Germany, it’s left-hand drive, but it’s been UK registered since 1998. And its undesirable layout could make it a canny buy for the committed.
 
They’ll all go under the hammer on June 6, at Classic Car Auctions’ Warwickshire Exhibition Centre sale. Which would you take home?

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