11 brand-new, completely un-driven E34-era BMW 5 Series, apparently left to rot in a warehouse in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria in distinctly mysterious circumstances.
These pictures have been circulating on the internet for a while now – and there a lot of different versions of how the cars came to be there, and what’s going to happen to them now. Nothing can be confirmed 100 percent, but the story is allegedly thus…
These cars are the last 11 of 186 5 Series bought from a bankrupt Spanish dealer in 1994. They were imported into Bulgaria that year, but because of changes to the country’s tax laws in 1995, the mystery new owner had trouble selling them off. Several of the 186 was rare, all-wheel drive 525ix models – and those were apparently the first to go.
The last 11 – 10 saloons and one estate – are a mix of 520i and 525i. They’ve never been driven on the road. Fluids were changed in 2003, from which time the cars were left uncovered in the warehouse. One has a broken rear-window, caused by debris falling from the warehouse’s roof, while others have paint damage.
There was the talk of an auction, but the agreement is now that this is not the case. The vehicles are supposed without proper documentation, and cannot, therefore, be registered. Which means they will presumably continue to sit in the warehouse for some time yet.