The 5’er in question is a rare SA-only built BMW 530 Motorsport Limited Edition (MLE), which is now at an advanced stage of restoration. In April this year, the revival of the classic car began. The car was stripped down from its rusty condition, cleaned and received its first coat of paintwork. A number of new and old parts were laid out, waiting to be assembled into the car.
Earlier this month, the car was re-painted in its original Chamonix White metallic paint, and last Friday the body shell was mounted on to the suspension of the car. The bare engine was also started for the first time after more than 20 years by Tim Abbott, chief executive of BMW Group South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, and William Mokwape, a retired former employee of BMW Group Plant Rosslyn, who built the car in 1976. The engine will soon be installed into the vehicle.
Why this car?
After years of searching, BMW South Africa acquired one of the only BMW 530 MLEs known to have endured beyond its 1970s heyday. Car number 100, which came with a particular pedigree, was owned by race driver and the racing 530 MLE’s team manager Peter Kaye-Eddie, and its engine and chassis numbers are a matching set. In December 2018, BMW South Africa embarked on a journey, in its classic car expedition, to restore this model.