by Petrolicious Productions / 12 Dec 2012
Saam Gabbay is a creative director who works in New York City and Los Angeles and is a serial car owner. He's bought, owned, and then sold six cars in the last eight years (around 20 since he started driving) and will likely continue to do so for years to come. One great car that recently had a meaningful place in his life was a 1988 BMW E28 M5.
Q: How did you become interested in cars?
So I guess that's why I don't go after a single marque—I'm curious about so many things and each car has a certain mystery that draws me.
Q: How did you know this M5 was the one for you?
The previous owner had removed the SLS and added Dinan suspension. It also had European headlights. The American reflectors are all the same size but on this car, the outside reflectors were bigger, tucking them under the hood and creating eyebrows. Everything else on the car was unmodified and original, which I really appreciated. It was worked on by a guy who really understood M5 engines. He was like a caricature of a German mechanic, accent and all.
The M also had heated seats and they worked! Usually in older Bimmers the wires short and burn your butt.
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Q: How did it feel to own what in 1985 was the fastest production sedan in the world?
Q: What is unique to the car?
Q: Describe your favorite drive in the M5:
Getting down to Big Sur required a ridiculous narrow switchback descent to the ocean. Though it added hours, this detour became one of the favorite drives of my life.
It's f%$#ing awesome and highlighted the M5's perfect balance.
Q: If you could choose one passenger to ride along with you in your BMW, who would it be and why?
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Q: What do you love about the car?
I've had a passenger in the car with me where after a couple of corners they'll pause and look over at me and say, "What kind of car is this?!"
The car really is a capable and even a non-enthusiast could tell. It's an amazing thing. People that don't like cars love the M5. A friend who wasn't a car person sitting behind me once said "Wow, this car feels so stable." Who says that about a 23-year-old car?
It's a shape that I truly love. It's a very inspiring shape. When walking towards it, there's not a bad angle on the car.
I have to say, these questions really make me miss it.
Q: Will you ever settle down with one car?
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Thanks, Saam, for letting us spend some time talking with you about your beautiful car!
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