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Stash of 11 Brand-New, Never-Registered E34 BMW 5-Series Found in a Warehouse in Bulgaria

Brian Silvestro
Photo credit: Център за БОРБА с Ръждата - Facebook

From Road & Track

Update 1/9/2019: This article, originally published January 3rd, 2019, has been updated to include more details about the cars and their history.

Barn finds are always fun to hear about, no matter what sort of cars are involved. This one is especially interesting because it consists of 11 never-driven E34-generation BMW 5-Series sedans (and one wagon) stashed away in a warehouse in Bulgaria since new. Anyone interested in running a 5-Series spec series race?

According to Motor1, the cars have never been registered for road use. They, along with 175 other new BMWs, were apparently bought new in 1994 by a Bulgarian investor from a Spanish dealer facing bankruptcy. Over the years, the cars were sold off, and these are the only ones remaining. As you can see from the photos below posted by a Buglarian Facebook page, they clearly weren't kept in the best condition, and have suffered cosmetically. The interior and undersides of the cars, however, look to be in spectacular condition. Some of them even have their original plastic seat wrapping still attached.

From the pictures, all of the cars look to be either base 520i or 525i models, which means a naturally aspirated straight-six engine with either 150 or 174 horsepower, depending on the designation. It also seems most of the cars have manual transmissions, which is always a plus. Whether any of them will be drivable after 20-plus years of sitting is another story. All of those rubber drivetrain seals are probably long-rotted away, and need replacing.

The Facebook group that discovered the find posted a short video of the cars with some very appropriate music, which you can see here:

It's unclear whether these cars will go up for sale anytime soon, or how much they'll be listed for. Motor1 says the cars don't have any proper documentation (from either the dealer or the owner), so getting them registered for the road might be next to impossible. Moreover, some of the cars are missing parts (it's speculated they could've been used as donor vehicles), so that's another issue that needs sorting.

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