Spotted in China: perfect E34 BMW 540i

Published on December 28, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: perfect E34 BMW 540i

Here we have an absolutely perfect E34 BMW 540i painted in metallic-gold, seen by reader Ali Khalili in Beijing, thank you for the pictures! The E34 5-series was made from 1988 until 1996 and was never officially exported to China. This particular vehicle however has black license plates, meaning it was, and probably still is, owned by a foreign-funded company that could import their own cars in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Spotted in China: perfect E34 BMW 540i

This golden beauty was made even more pretty by a sport package, consisting of an extra low front bumper, side skirts and a boot spoiler. Chromed wheels and exhaust pipes were standard 54oi. Power came from a 4.0 V8 that pooped out 282hp and 400nm, good for a 230km/h top speed. It was the first time BMW offered a V8 in the 5-series.

Spotted in China: perfect E34 BMW 540i

The vehicle loox simply stunning. Maintenance must be hard and expensive work since BMW dealers in China don’t have parts or experience with the E34. Still, the owner of this factory-fresh car somehow managed to pull it off! We met a few other E34 in China: 520i lowrider and one other 540i with a telephone.

Spotted in China: perfect E34 BMW 540i


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  1. schaminski- December 28, 2012 Reply

    well spotted, ali! great colour! would be interesting to see if it’s a manual or automatic, though.

  2. Justas- December 29, 2012 Reply

    It should be automatic, because it looks like american spec car

  3. ben- January 3, 2013 Reply

    The logo on the back will be an easy fix, I got my last one for AUD $4 inc post. The gold is one of the least flattering colours for the E34, plus IMO the faux brake light trunk pieces that extend between the rear fog lights and the license plate (my 93 euro spec 540i has them) look ten times more awesome. The boot keyhole/button is very obvious and sticks out otherwise. -1 on the functionally useless spoiler too. Otherwise good on them for keeping the Style 5’s… they have more self control than me. They are a pain to keep clean.

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