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Jeremy Weiss and his BMW M5

It was by pure chance that photographer Jeremy Weiss happened upon a rare 1988 BMW M5. He tells us how this came about, why there are so few examples of this model around and what he likes best about it.

Photos
Chris McPherson
Interviewer
Hendrik Lakeberg

Sitting in my BMW M5 takes me back to the time when I turned 20. Since taking my driving test, I’ve only driven European cars with a manual shift. In New Jersey, where I come from, we used to have car races on back-country roads. We were looking for adventure. My M5 was built in 1988, just the time I was reaching adulthood.

I enjoy driving the M5 most when I’m not headed anywhere in particular – at nighttime in Los Angeles, for example.

Today I live in Silver Lake on the West Coast. I still love the design of the 5 Series from back then, the boxy look of the body. For me, it’s one of the most beautiful cars ever made. On top of that, there’s the gearshift and the direct steering – you can really feel the power, and you have to keep your wits about you when you’re driving the M5. The 256-horsepower engine has an amazing sound. I’m only the third owner of the car. It first belonged to a doctor from Santa Barbara, who had it fitted with every optional extra imaginable back then: a tube amplifier in the boot, a car phone, even a radar detector. Everything I had dreamed of as a young driver but couldn’t afford at the time.

In the hills above Hollywood, there is a phone box in the middle of nowhere. This is one of those places where classic car enthusiasts from Los Angeles gather at the weekend to trade stories about their vehicles.

In the hills above Hollywood, there is a phone box in the middle of nowhere. This is one of those places where classic car enthusiasts from Los Angeles gather at the weekend to trade stories about their vehicles.

I enjoy driving the M5 most when I’m not headed anywhere in particular. At nighttime in Los Angeles, for example, when you can drive on roads where you’re normally stuck in traffic. Or during the day on the winding roads of the Los Angeles hinterland. Up there is where you meet the real car enthusiasts. We swap stories while admiring the view from above the city.

Jeremy Weiss’ BMW M5 is a particularly rare specimen. Only around 30 models with a black body and black interior were imported into the USA. Weiss’ M5 was number 1 of that batch.

06/09/2017