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[YesAuto Wonderful Car Life] Friends who are familiar with the history of BMW must have heard of many weird models, such as the 7-series “Goldfish” or the BMW X5 with V12 engine. Of course, many of them are just test cars or concept cars. What we are going to do today is a model that is only sold in small quantities in one place, and many people hardly know its existence. Recently, BMW South Africa completed the restoration of a 530 MLE, which was in unsatisfactory condition before. The previous owner was the racing team manager of BMW South Africa.

In the early 1970s, BMW's business in South Africa had just started. Due to the high import tax in South Africa, BMW decided to build a plant in South Africa to assemble and produce BMW 2500 and 2800 sedans in the form of CKD. However, due to unsatisfactory sales performance, BMW began to think seriously. The feasibility of their expansion in the South African market. After thinking about it, BMW finally decided to launch the first-generation BMW 5-series sedan in South Africa in March 1974. The effect of BMW’s blog was beyond imagination, and its sales performance increased rapidly.

In order to qualify for the Republic Day Cup held in 1976, BMW launched a limited edition of the BMW 530 MLE (Motorsport Limited Edition), which was limited to 100 units in the South African market. Once the car was launched, it was quickly sold out. In order to satisfy consumers According to the needs of the users, BMW eventually increased the production of the car to 201 units. The car is all painted in white, with a large-sized spoiler under the front, and a smaller rear spoiler at the rear. The prominent wheel eyebrows and the classic BMW “M” pull pattern make it extra Conspicuous.

The launch of the BMW 530 MLE has far-reaching significance for the subsequent M5, and it can also be regarded as the originator of the BMW M production version. In order to achieve the maximum weight of the body, engineers used a lot of aluminum for it, and they even punched holes in various parts of the body to reduce the weight of the car. The 530 MLE is not equipped with even the most basic air conditioning. The racing steering wheel, Scheel sports seats, BILSTEIN shock absorbers and 14-inch BBS Mahel alloy wheels are exclusive features.

The BMW 530 MLE uses the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine on the BMW E3. After tuning, its maximum power is 200 horsepower (147kW)/6000rpm, maximum torque 277N·m/4300rpm, 0-100km/h acceleration time 9.3 seconds . The BMW 530 MLE car has a maximum power of 275 horsepower and a maximum torque of 318N·m. Nowadays, the BMW 530 MLE has long been forgotten. It was born in South Africa so that many people hardly knew of its existence. The 201 limited edition models that year have survived to this day are very few, so this repaired 530 MLE is of significance. extraordinary.

The first-generation BMW 5 Series can be said to have made a great contribution to the development of the entire car series. In order to meet consumer demand for sports models, BMW has launched a special upgrade service for the first-generation 5 Series sedan. Finally, BMW simply launched the official sports version of the BMW 5 Series-M535i in 1980. The car adopts the same style as the previous 530 MLE. The front is equipped with a large-size front bumper with mesh openings. The BMW “M” and “535i” logos on the grille mark its identity. (The picture comes from Li Haopeng, the home of the network car