South Africa will restore the first unofficial M-model BMWDecember 17, 2018
The South African division of BMW will restore the first unofficial M-model of the Bavarian brand – 530 MLE (Motorsport Limited Edition). In the 70s, BMW Motorsport produced a limited batch of such cars for the approval of the 5 Series in accordance with the requirements of the local racing series.
The BMW 530 MLE is an exclusive model for the South African market. In 1976, 110 Type 1 cars left the assembly line of the Rosslyn plant, and a year later, the company collected 117 copies of the 530 MLE Type 2. The special 5 Series were equipped with a modified three-liter row “six”, the return of which was 200 horsepower and 277 Nm of torque, and five-speed manual transmission. The BMW 530 MLE accelerated from the spot to the 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds, and the maximum speed of the car was 208 kilometers per hour.
The MLE-version differed from the usual 5 Series in the front and rear spoilers made of fiberglass, some aluminum body panels, thinner glasses, massive stabilizers and stiffer springs. Sports cars, a three-spoke steering wheel and perforated pedals were installed in the passenger compartment.
BMW South Africa employees have been searching for a car for several years. Recently, they bought the 100th copy of the 530 MLE with the chassis number “770100”, which will attract employees who built original cars in the 70s to work on.