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Spotted in China: E12 BMW 528

Published on January 17, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: E12 BMW 528

A shiny red and very rare E12 BMW 528i, seen on a sunny winter day parked on the pavement near to my home in Beijing. The vehicle sadly was in a rather sad shape and has since disappeared into the great unknown. A guard told me the owner of this 528i was the same madman who is currently killing a BMW E30 325i and a BMW 850i, all parked in the same area, and all red.

Spotted in China: E12 BMW 528

The E12 BMW 5-series was made from 1972 until 1981, it was never exported to China and this is the very first one I met in the Capital, and it is also one of the oldest cars in the ‘Spotted in China’ series! This poor red car is the facelifted variant which was made from 1976 until 1981. ‘ABS’-badge on the left is a later addition. Check twin-exhaust pipe sticking out far under the bumper, that sort of 1970’s designs are impossible today…

Spotted in China: E12 BMW 528

Chrome looked still all right, but body was full of rust and rot. Will be very hard to save, especially in China where parts for the E12 are simply impossible to find. The 528 was powered by a 2.8 liter six-in-line with 170hp and 253nm, very respectable for the time.

Spotted in China: E12 BMW 528

Timeless lines still stand strong.

Spotted in China: E12 BMW 528

It it was only a sore tooth…

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  1. Dennis- January 18, 2013 Reply

    If you ever fing this guy ask him if he wants to get rid of the cars. I would be willing to take them off him for a decent price.

  2. schaminski- January 20, 2013 Reply

    “Will be very hard to save, especially in China where parts for the E12 are simply impossible to find.”

    We’d love to take up that challenge, right Dennis? 😉

  3. Bill- January 22, 2013 Reply

    My 1st BMW was a used 1976 530i. It was not the best of the 9 new used BMWs that I have owned, but I loved it the most.

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