The Ultimate Collectible: 1995 BMW M5 Elekta Touring

There are few automakers whose name brings to mind performance, luxury, and forward thinking design wrapped into a single package. Cars carrying the BMW badge bring to mind comfort, style, speed, and quality. This 1995 E34 BMW M5 Touring “Elekta” is one of the rarest M5 models ever to be built and it is up for auction on Bring a Trailer. Production records show that 891 examples of the E34 M5 Touring wagons were hand-built and only 20 M5 “Elekta” special edition touring wagons were commissioned specifically for the dealers in Italy.

This particular Elekta was federalized and made California street-legal in 2005 and claims to be one of less than 30 Tourings in the U.S. from the lot of 891 hand-built M5 Touring wagons ever produced. Described by the owner as factory correct and meticulously maintained over its 78,000-mile lifetime, the British Racing Green wagon with a Hazelnut leather interior is ready to assume a new owner.

Under the revised hood is a 3.8-liter inline-six – a derivative of the engine used in the iconic M1 – which dishes out 340 horsepower and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Updates for the self-leveling suspension included driver-controlled Electronic Damper Control, thicker sway bars, and larger disc brakes with two-piece floating front calipers.

Apparently, a few other people caught wind that this rare Bimmer wagon is up for sale. On the first day it was listed on BaT, the bidding jumped to $25,000. With six days left to go before the auction closes, bidding is already at $60,000. Read the full description and check out the gallery of over 110 photos HERE.

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Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few leftover pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history behind classic cars.