Very small world indeed!Stumbling on this thread has been fantastic. I happen to be friends with the previous owner of M5 0XFG, and he very kindly let me drive it when it belonged to him in May of this year.
On a Friday morning I'd collected my new to me M3 coupe and on the Saturday evening I'd taken it to show said friend. I offered him a go in my car and in return, he let me drive his Oxford Green M5. To date it's the only other BMW M car I've driven.
He took me out for a little drive and we switched seats, I stalled it instantly which was rather embarrassing, but I loved the noise it made and at the time I was told it had an exhaust on it. If I recall correctly, M5 0XFG also has a rear blind which I was rather envious of. I was told that it wasn't the most pristine example, but I loved the history behind it and it's been awesome to learn more about this car in this thread. Annoyingly, it was pitch black by the time I left so we didn't get any photos of the two together. I was hoping to see the car again but just a few weeks later it was sold!
I also met the owner of your old E39 M5 Touring at Caffeine and Machine on a Sunday at the beginning of October, it was absolutely the highlight car at the venue for me and he told me how much he's loving it. I spent a long time drooling over all the really beautiful details.
It's a very small world out there, but I'm most looking forward to hearing how M5 0XFG progresses. It has a special place in my heart as the first M5 I was lucky enough to drive.
With 003 I had not set out to fully restore the car…
Indeed! As is the way with many a project. My E30 M3 nut and bolt concours resto started out as a windscreen replacement lol!…then, by most people’s standards, swiftly proceeds to replace and restore half the vehicle!!
Even if it isn’t a true nut and bolt resto, the snowballing logic of ‘whilst you’re in there’ inevitably turns a quick job into a comprehensive refresh!