A fleet of 11 BMW 5 Series luxury sedans has been found in an abandoned warehouse in Bulgaria.
We’ve seen a few incredible barn finds in 2018, but it looks like 2019 might be on track to be the best year for archaeological automotive exploration. A total of 11 BMW 5 series have been found in an abandoned warehouse in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria with a few of them having never been driven before.
They’re all of the E34 series, which were made from 1987 to 1996. Most are either 520i or 525is, and one of them is a station wagon style which makes it anything from a 518i to a 525ix. Power for most of them probably comes from a 2.5-L inline 6-cylinder engine with 189 hp and 184 lb-ft, which was BMW’s most popular motor at the time.
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According to Motor1, each of these cars were purchased for a rental fleet but never given their registration plates. Instead, they’ve been kept under a tarp in a warehouse for decades. Their condition isn’t exactly pristine, as a few of them have dings and scratches on the paint, but the interiors are still in mint condition. Some even still have the protective plastic wrap from the factory covering the seats.
Comments on Facebook are stating that the cars are intended to be auctioned off in the coming months, with the starting bid at €15,000 (or $17,000ish USD). That’s a pretty good price for some near-mint BMW 5 Series, where examples that are still driving are typically in desperate need of restoration.
Curiously, anyone out to purchase these cars probably can’t even drive them in Bulgaria. Local regulations prevent older cars from being newly registered unless they comply with current EU emissions standards, which these cars definitely do not. Instead, potential buyers will have to export them to a country with antique car laws that allow older cars with poor emissions controls to be registered as exceptions.