My father owned this 1995 BMW 530i for more than 16 years before selling it in December, 2011. The 530i had a very unique 3.0L V8, mated to a very slow-witted 4-speed auto. It also had incredible steering, comfortable ride, and seemed to shrink around you. This was the first car I ever drove (I think I was 14), and I remember spending way too long with a tiny brush trying to clean the the deep mesh spokes of the 15" wheels.
This car was generously loaned to me for the summer of 2006 when I finished my last two college classes, and that's when I took these pictures. They were taken on a friend's borrowed Nikon D100 (!) according to the metadata, and I kept them and cleaned them up and re-edited them to my current tastes this weekend. Unfortunately the car was dirty when I shot these and I didn't know what I was doing, but it didn't take much skill to make it look amazing. During most of my childhood I lusted after the E39 5-series, but the E34 design has aged very well and may emerge as a more timeless form if enough time passes.
Eventually the maintenance issues and costs got a little too real, and so he finally sold it with I think around 200,000 miles on the clock. I'd love to own a different one, though I would prefer an E34 with a straight-six and a five-speed manual. Look at that – I made it through a whole post about BMWs without taking a swipe at the modern ones and talking about how soulless and bloated they all are.