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1975 BMW 2500 (E3)

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  • Mileage~82,387 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.5L
  • LocationLeeds


1975 BMW 2500 (E3)

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Isaac Wass
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With only 18 of these shark nosed E3 BMW 2500’s ever registered in the UK, makes it a very rare sight indeed!

Originally manufactured between 1968 and 1977 the BMW New Six, also known as the E3, is a mid-size luxury saloon and the 2500 variant came with a 2.5L engine providing 148bhp. The airy design of the new BMW E3 was larger than similar saloons at the time, but nonetheless was regarded as a car with good handling and was widely regarded as a higher class of vehicles than the competition.

This particular example comes to us from owner James, who imported the car from the Netherlands after a partial restoration and has enjoyed the car ever since registering it in June of last year.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Isaac after meeting James the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I’ve always been a BMW nut, having owned many of the classic BMWs I saw this and couldn't resist.

James has always been a fan of classic cars, starting off in a classic Mini for his first car and since then has owned multiple classic BMWs, some of the older 'Fast Fords', and has now been in the ownership of his 1975 BMW 2500 for a little over a year and a half.

During his ownership the car has not had any issues, however he has recently had the carbs rebalanced after the car was running a little rough and since then the car has run perfectly. Sadly due to a lack of space and having to keep the car on the road most of the time James has decided to sell the vehicle.

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The shark nose design of this BMW 2500 is instantly recognisable, with its sleek body lines, dark blue paintwork, and BBS style multi spoke wheels, there’s no denying the crowd appeal of such a vehicle.

Wheels and Tyres

The multi-spoke wheels are in fairly good condition, with no major damage or corrosion, however there are some light scuffs present on the wheels across the board. A light refurbishment would easily rectify this at little cost.

The tyres are branded Sonar, and look to be fairly old with some discolouration to the sidewalls, however the tread depth appears to be okay and there is no major cracking or perishing visible on the sidewalls.


Prior to James’ ownership the previous owner had the vehicle partially restored, attending to issues with rust and general bodywork corrosion. The car was stripped, repaired, welded, and repainted - pictures of which can be seen in our history gallery below.

Now the car looks great, with very little in the way of issues with the bodywork. There is some very minor bubbling present, particularly on the drivers side rear C pillar and driver's door, and some very slight misalignments in panel gaps - presumably from the work carried out overseas.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our high resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


The dark blue paintwork is an unknown colour as the work was carried out overseas and there is not much information regarding this. However the paintwork itself looks to be in overall good condition, with no major stone chips, scratches or scuffs to mention.

Again, we have taken high resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves. The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass on the car looks to be in good condition, due to low temps on the day we never managed to fully defog the inner glass, but as far as we could see the glass was clean and free of any major chips, cracks, or scratches and the surrounding trims appeared to be in good condition too.

The various chrome pieces around the car are all in fairly good condition too - please study all images to review for yourselves.


The tan leather interior of the 2500 is in perfect contrast with the dark blue exterior and gives the car a delightful character inside and out.

Seats and Carpets

The upholstery is in excellent condition, there are no signs of damage, cracking, or splitting to any of the bolsters - it looks almost brand new in places and where it doesn’t there’s little more than a slight patina.

The seats are free of any visible damage.


The dashboard is in similar condition to the upholstery, however some of the plastics have begun to lose their lustre and could do with some TLC to bring them back to life.

However on the whole the dashboard is undamaged and all buttons are present and correct.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The wooden steering wheel is in excellent condition, completely free of any visible damage, and the metal spokes are free of any major pitting or scratches too.

Likewise the gearstick is in good condition, with no major damage to speak of and no signs of heavy wear.


Powered by a 2.5L six cylinder engine, the BMW 2500 produces 148bhp and is more than capable of keeping up with day to day traffic.

Engine and Gearbox

The 2.5L engine has never had any major works carried out, so far as James is aware, however during our ‘Cold Start Video’ the engine fired over first time and without issue. Likewise during our time out on the road the car performed without fault. Recently James has had the carbs rebalanced by a UK specialist, and it's now running nicely.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension is soft and comfortable, whilst providing moderate levels of handling when pressed. During our time out on the road we didn’t hear any untoward noises from the suspension, nor did it feel overly crashy or hard. Likewise the brakes worked well to bring the vehicle to a stop quickly and efficiently and did not squeal or grind at all either.

The Drive

The BMW 2500 has a big and airy feel about it, ripe for wafting down country lanes with the windows down on a warm summers day.

This luxury sedan is as good today as it was back in the '70s, with decent handling and adequate power, the 2500 provides the driver with all the luxuries you need from a classic cruiser such as this.

Electrics and Other

During our time with the car we checked that all the main electrical items were working, such as headlights, brake lights, interior lights, all of which worked. The interior light doesn’t turn on for every door upon opening, but the light itself does work as can be seen in our images.

James has provided some further details on a few extra points of note, we've detailed these in the "History and Paperwork" section.

History and Paperwork

With only 80 ever registered in the UK and only 18 of those 80 left, this BMW 2500 is becoming a rare beast to see on British roads and this well presented LHD example offers you a chance to own a rare piece of automotive history.

With most of the paperwork in Dutch it’s difficult to garner much information from the paperwork present with the car, unless you speak Dutch that is, however we can all read the language of images and there are plenty of pictures documenting the restoration of this BMW 2500’s bodywork.

James has provided us with a recent invoice for carb rebalancing and had the car MOT’d when he first purchased it, this it passed with flying colours. He has chosen not to resubmit the car for MOT due to not being required to have one, however the initial MOT may provide some insight as to the condition of the car. There are some additional bits of fettling that James wanted to point out, these are as follows; the heater works but the adjustment is very stiff and so it is set to ~half way which is fine for de-misting, the hazard light switch is not connected as it is a replacement item that needs plugging back in to operate correctly with the indicators which work fine, the stereo isn't working correctly currently with the speakers just making a hissing sound when powered, the accelerator can feel a bit sticky at times when the car hasn't been run for a while and a bit of lubrication on the mechanical linkage usually helps to free it up, the rear window de-mister is not working currently.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in high resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

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Key Details
  • Model2500 (E3)
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date30.05.1975 UK
  • CC2,494
  • Mileage~82,387 on clock
  • HistoryOverseas
  • ColourBlue
  • Interior ColourTan
  • Chassis #2066962
  • Engine #1250099
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOTNo
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes - All Clear
  • Former KeepersUnknown
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandSonar
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~1 year 8 months
  • Key FeatureRarity
  • Auction ID1092

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