2001 BMW E39 540i Sport M-Package 8-cylinder 6-speed manual - Collector Car Canada
2001 BMW E39 540i Sport M-Package 8-cylinder 6-speed manual

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2001 BMW E39 540i Sport M-Package 6-speed manual

This 2001 BMW 540i is in the sought-after E39 body style.  It is finished in Titan Silver Metallic on a grey Montana leather (N6TT) interior.  It is powered by a 4.4 litre V8 engine, good for 282 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque (3,600 rpm).  The power of the quiet M62 engine gets to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission, which has been upgraded by an E36 M3 short shifter.  When new, it did 0-60 mph in 6 seconds and covered the 1/4 mile from a standing start in 15.8 seconds.  Top speed was 250 km/h.  The car has covered almost 86,000 miles, converting to Metric in the range of 138,000 km.

CCC Vital Info

Lot – 005
Seller – bayern
Seller location – Toronto, On M5V
VIN – WBADN53491GC98376
Odometer – 86,000 miles
Engine Info – 4.4L V8 M62
Transmission Info – 6-speed manual
Exterior Colour –  Titan silver metallic
Interior Colour – Grey Montana leather
Other features – A/C, Wood interior appointments, Power group, Cruise control, Sunroof
Category – European
Model page
Carfax Carfax report included in the gallery, starts at image 102

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Goodies in the Sport package include sport seats and sport suspension to supplement the Dynamic Stability Control.  With the M-package, the venerable //M logo is included on the shift knob, steering wheel and all rims – even the spare.  The stately appearance of this car combined with the performance M appointments make for a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” understatement.  It is growing in collectability.



This example is a U.S.-market vehicle, imported by the seller in June 2020.  All taxes and importation duties were paid at that time.  Seller imported the car from Georgia, where it enjoyed a salt-free life.  Originally delivered by Karl Knauz Motors BMW in Lake Bluff, IL, the previous owner speculated that it was originally driven under a 3-year lease, during which time approximately 50,000 miles were logged.  The second owner was an enthusiast and a member of BMWCCA, the BMW Car Club of America.  This owner logged under 30,000 miles over the following approximately 15 years.  A BMWCCC plaque appears in the gallery and will be included in the sale.  Service records are on hand and filed in a three-ring binder, where is also found the original vehicle invoice.



Seller believes that the car has not been driven in winter since the original three-year lease and it has had no Canadian winters as the seller stored it when the weather changed.  This shows through in the car’s appearance.  Titan silver paint is largely unblemished and retains a bright shine.  Brightwork and BMW shadowline trim also gleam in the light.

Original 17” BMW style-66 M staggered wheels are wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact W-speed rated tires.  Up front they size out at 235/45 and in back they are 255/40.  Dealer from whom seller bought indicated that the tires were installed in 2020, a 2018 tire date code is included in the gallery.  Lights features include clear indicator lenses with amber bulbs, “angel eye” parking lights and Xenon headlights.

The Montana leather has stood up well to its 20 years.  There are no tears and very little sign of wear.  Black leather is employed on the rim of the multi-function steering wheel, handbrake handle and shift boot.  All pixels in both the cluster and centre stack (BMW Business CD radio and HVAC controls) are in fine working order.  No “dead” pixels are noted, a common sight on other E39s.  The car is optioned as one would expect from a modern 5-series.  All interior controls are powered, including sunroof, windows, the heated seats and tilt steering wheel; all of these are programmable with the seat position memory, which offers three settings.  Premium sound on the BMW Business head unit offers Church, Jazz Club and Concert sound settings for music.  Cruise control and automatic climate control are also in place.


The generous trunk was pre-wired at the factory for a BMW 6-CD changer.  It is also the location of the battery, BMW-branded and purchased in March 2021.  Underneath the trunk’s cargo floor is a full-sized spare tire on a fifth Style-66 M-sport rim.  The drop-down tool tray is complete.



The Carfax is clean – no accidents – and regular maintenance entries support the slow and steady accumulation of mileage to come to today’s odometer reading of under 86,000 miles.


Other items in the sale include two standard keys, a valet key, service key, an extra BMW emblem badge, VHS video guide to operation, extra parts – primarily brakes and BMW-branded items new in plastic, BMW Audio demonstration CD, Owner’s as well as other manuals.  These are mostly in a storage bin, see the trunk photo in the gallery and the spare set of rubber mats is also included.

2001 BMW E39 540i Sport M-Package 8-cylinder 6-speed manual

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Item condition: Used

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Total Bids Placed:

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Highest bidder was: CCA-Dave

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
CCA-Dave June 23, 2021 3:19 pm $6,750
Primitive June 23, 2021 3:18 pm $6,500
CCA-Dave June 23, 2021 3:17 pm $6,200
Primitive June 23, 2021 3:16 pm $5,800
CCA-Dave June 23, 2021 3:16 pm $5,500
Primitive June 23, 2021 3:15 pm $5,000
CCA-Dave June 23, 2021 3:15 pm $4,800
Primitive June 23, 2021 3:13 pm $4,500
CCA-Dave June 23, 2021 3:13 pm $4,200
Primitive June 23, 2021 3:12 pm $4,000
CCA-Dave June 23, 2021 3:11 pm $3,700
Primitive June 23, 2021 3:11 pm $3,500
Primitive June 23, 2021 3:10 pm $3,000
CCA-Dave June 23, 2021 3:05 pm $2,800
Primitive June 19, 2021 10:02 am $2,500
Sbirring1 June 17, 2021 8:07 am $2,000
Auction started June 17, 2021 2:33 am

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Thanks for the bids, everyone. I can’t let it go for that price, though.

Hi Everyone.
Thanks again for looking at my auction item.
I just uploaded a couple of videos – cold start and a walkaround.
With any luck, CCC will have them posted very soon in preparation for some brisk bidding tomorrow.

Happy Fathers Day, everyone. And welcome to my auction, I am the seller. Thank you for the early bids!
This E39 is in wonderful condition – it pulls strong, shifts smoothly, presents well and the interior doesn’t show any flaws. Even the pixels in the displays in dash, for the radio and the HVAC controls all work – this is a known problem area for these cars.
It is currently at my regular indie’s shop for a safety check so Ontario buyers, know that this is taken care of before you buy. I will pick it up Monday and can take any more underside photos anyone might like OR get answers to in-depth mechanical questions. I know and love the car but am not a licensed tech.
Bid with confidence and please don’t hesitate with any questions.

Last edited 2 years ago by bayern