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Sunday, February 22, 2015

This BMW M5 E9 is Resto-Mod Perfection


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1970 E9 BMW M5 resto-mod photo

What we have for you today is not only a classic BMW, but a classic BMW that has been restored to a rather unique status. Though it may look like it, it hasn’t been thoroughly gone through by BMW’s own heritage department. No, what we have here is one beautifully resto-mod 1970 E9 BMW M5.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with resto-mods, these are classic cars that have been changed dramatically to bring the classic nature firmly into the present. That means that the engine, drivetrain, suspension, and brakes are all from new cars. Most resto-mods are in the form of muscle cars since it’s pretty easy to find a Chevy small block these days. But not this one.

BMW resto-mod photo

The builders of this car actually took on quite a challenge. They didn’t want a conventional resto-mod, but rather, one that stayed true to the BMW DNA. To achieve that goal, they chopped up a perfectly good E39 M5 and slot it directly under the E9’s chassis and shell. And the end result is nothing short of magnificent.

1970 E9 BMW M5 resto-mod interior photo

The way the two strands of DNA work in this car is epic. You’ve got the classic lines of the E9, and all that grunt and modernity of the E39 M5 to help make this car (somewhat) livable. At the end of the day you have an amazing looking car, but with all the creature comforts and reliability that come with modern automobiles. Now, who knows where we can find a wrecked E92 M3 and another E9?

1970 E9 BMW M5 resto-mod engine photo