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1972-1981 BMW 5-Series (E12) specifications


When it was launched in 1972, the 5-Series was tasked with building on the success of the legendary ‘Neue-klasse’ saloons that did so much to cement BMW as a top-line motor manufacturer. It’s fair to say that it not only met those expectations, but went on to carve a prosperous future for the Munich company. It was offered with a wide range of fours and sixes, displacing between 1.8- and 2.8-litres, and all were excellent driver’s cars. Crisp styling inside and out has aged well, although a lack of corrosion resistance means survivors are few and far between.

Production

  • Production:
    699,094
  • Price at launch:
    £3,299
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,000
  • Price (good):
    £2,250
  • Price (average):
    £1,500
  • Price (project):
    £750

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    12.3secs
  • Top speed:
    107.0mph
  • Power:
    113.0bhp
  • Torque:
    122.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, trailing arms, coil spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4620mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2636mm
  • Width:
    1690mm
  • Height:
    1425mm
  • Weight:
    1230kgs

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