2001 BMW M5 (E39)

Lot Number: 809

2001 BMW M5 (E39)

An exciting opportunity to acquire a low-mileage, high-spec E39 M5 originally delivered new to a Middle Eastern Prince.

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  • Sold for: £47,250

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 20th May, 2023 at 1.00pm BST at Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell, Northampton, NN6 0BN

  • Body Colour

    Carbon Black

  • Drive


  • Registration Number

    HT51 ZZM

  • Odometer Reading

    46000 KM


To complete the recommissioning a fuel pump is on order and will be fitted post sale at the sellers cost.


An exciting opportunity to acquire a low-mileage, high-spec E39 M5 originally delivered new to a Middle Eastern Prince.


BMW’s fourth generation 5-Series, codenamed the E39, was launched in 1999 as a largely fresh design and was the first to feature a V8 engine. The 394bhp, S62 V8  was mated to a Getrag Type-D, 6-speed manual transmission and the suspension shared its basic MacPherson strut/multi-link design with the V8-engined E39 5-Series, however several changes were made including reduced ride height, specific shock valving, thicker front and rear anti-roll bars, polyurethane auxiliary springs, and steel ball joints. Steering was by recirculating ball and was aided by Servotronic vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist which provides two levels of resistance controlled via a console-mounted Sport button. The Sport button also adjusted the electronic throttle butterflies for more sensitive response. Anti-lock brakes, EML (fly-by-wire) throttle control and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) were standard. 

Offered here is a left-hand drive 2001 M5 post-facelift car with the corona ring headlights, updated rear lights and front parking sensors. Finished in Carbon Black Metallic over black leather seating with Le Mans Blue centre panels, it was supplied new to a Middle Eastern Prince and, not surprisingly, featured a very high specification. Options ticked include a glass sunshine roof, electric memory seats, multi-function steering wheel, tyre pressure control, 6 x CD changer, telephone, NAV, parking sensors and a rear blind with the addition of special order features including double glazed windows and an infra-red windscreen.

Arriving in the UK in 2003 having been purchased directly from the Middle Eastern BMW supplying dealer, the M5 had some slight modifications by Snows BMW in Hampshire prior to its UK MOT before being correctly registered and assigned the number HT51 ZZM by the DVLA. It changed hands in 2006 and was regularly enjoyed by its new owner until a health condition meant that he no longer was able to use the car and it spent some years in dry storage. In 2022, the M5 was discovered in good shape but naturally requiring a thorough recommission which has since been completed by a BMW specialist workshop. A full list of the commissioning works can be supplied upon request and the car will be presented to the sale with a new MOT.

Now in fine health, the M5 is absolutely on the button and presents beautifully. Nicely preserved and showing the equivalent of just 29,000 miles thanks to almost ten years off the road. The low mileage is supported by a complete history file including from the original purchase order through to the recent recommissioning paperwork.

The E39 has a strong following of enthusiasts and this left-hand drive example will appeal to a global market of collectors. M5s are normally, and understandably, well-used and it's unusual to find one in such a lovely state of preservation. An appreciating 'Modern Classic' if ever there was one.


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Body Colour
Carbon Black



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