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Autotrader Find: 1995 BMW M5 Touring — for $130,000

Behold, one of the most exciting — and expensive — BMW models currently listed for sale on Autotrader. It’s a 1995 BMW M5 Touring (BMW-speak for "station wagon"), and it’s finished in a very bright Santorin Blue, with a two-tone Santorin Blue and Lotus White interior. It may take a little getting used to.

This particular M5 Touring is offered for sale by Enthusiast Auto Group in Cincinnati, and the asking price is $129,990. For those who know Enthusiast Auto Group, or "EAG" as they’re called in car circles, the price won’t seem high: They’re known for finding the very best examples of BMWs, sorting them mechanically and listing them for collectors who see a future in the high-end BMW market.

The price also won’t seem high for anyone who’s following the E34 BMW M5 Touring market. One of the most surprising recent sales on automotive enthusiast auction site Bring a Trailer was this one, in April: a green M5 Touring in excellent shape that went for an unbelievable $120,500, plus buyer’s premium. Simply put, these things are white-hot right now — especially in unusual colors.

And that brings us back to the Santorin Blue example at Enthusiast Auto Group. EAG says it’s one of just two Santorin Blue examples made during the M5 Touring’s 891-unit production run, and it boasts several upgrades characteristic of final-year 1995 models. It’s also had an impressive level of engine work done to improve its reliability, and EAG has taken fantastic pictures that show its gorgeous quality.

Although the M5 Touring was never sold in the States, it has been legally federalized by at least one importer, allowing various examples to reach the U.S. market. Federalization is a costly process, but it’s easier on this car, since BMW offered a standard E34 5 Series wagon in the United States, meaning the general design of the vehicle had already been approved for sale. Find a 1995 BMW M5 for sale

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