Watch this BMW E39 get brought back to life in epic restoration project

The BMW E39 is a firm favorite among BMW fans, so it's understandable the lengths the owner went to to return the car back to its former glory.

by | Published on 3rd Feb 2023

The BMW E39 is said to be one of, if not the best, 5 Series ever made.

It’s been 19 years since the German automaker stopped producing the model, so BMW fans will do all they can to keep the memories alive.

Take Anton Malar for example, who brought a BMW E39 back to its former glory and documented the entire process on YouTube.

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When Anton first bought the car for $1000, the BMW E39 was in a sorry state.

Anton said it wasn’t even operational.

So, he had a huge job ahead of him.


Restoration process

First, Anton replaced both the arches and sills because they were completely rotten.

He then replaced the fenders, trunk, and most of the locks on the car.

Anton then had to source new door handles as the original handles were completely missing.

As you can see from the video, the underside of the BMW E39 was so badly rotted that the jack went straight through the rust.

To fix this, Anton had to reseal it and fill any hidden cavities.

And inside?

Well, after years of abandonment, the interior unsurprisingly had to be completely replaced.

Anton said the restoration process took six months from beginning to end, which is understandable considering the amount of work that was needed.

BMW E39 restoration

We’ve got to hand it to Anton – he’s done a fantastic job of bringing the BMW E39 back to life, even if the restoration did involve replacing many of the original parts.

Would love to know how much the restoration cost in total.

Anton, if you’re reading this – let us know!



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Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with motor manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

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