I still remember when my father purchased his first German car. It was a 1982 BMW 633CSi in metallic grey with tan leather and a 5-speed manual, with the original BBS Mahle wheels. It was otherworldly to me; long, lean and low compared to the Toyotas I was used to being carried around in, the BMW had a feel of quality that the other cars I had been in couldn’t match. It snarled with a wonderfully raspy exhaust note and I felt invincible inside. The 633 was also the first car I displayed at a show myself; in that case, I proudly spent hours cleaning it and getting it ready for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in 1993. At that point, the 6 was still a pretty new car – but even then, it was rare to see 6 series and since then it’s even more rare to find them. The best of the bunch are arguably the ones that came after my father’s car was made and got the post 1983 E28 chassis updates. Although considered the lesser model due to the lower displacement motor, in fact the 633CSi was only 1 horsepower short of the 3.4 that made its way into the 635CSi replacement for the United States in 1985. Today, there are three lower mile examples of these clean coupes up for sale – which would you choose?
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Some of our loyal readers have referenced wanting more coverage of BMW’s senior 7-Series, so here ya go! I’m always conflicted on these cars: I don’t think they look all that attractive in stock form, but I do love them when lowered and on some larger alloys – which goes against my stringent OEM+ preferences. But hey, some cars just look better modified, end of story. The E23 also is one of those cars that benefits greatly from the European headlight and wiper conversion, and it would be one of my first upgrades to this very clean 733. Fun fact: I once found an unopened, brand-new first-aid kit in the rear armrest of one of these stately cruisers that had been languishing in a junkyard for years. Guess band-aids weren’t in need for decades of effortless highway miles.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 BMW 733i on eBay
There’s always those cars that you sit back and wonder why they weren’t created in the first place. Then there are those of us who actually go ahead and build what the factory thought they should have offered. Such is the case with this 1984 Mercedes-Benz “SL36.” As most of us know, this wasn’t a thing, but when you consider it, it’s not an unreasonable creation. While the US got the breathed on 3.6 liter inline-6 from the boffins at AMG in the form of the limited production C36, the rest of the world was also treated to this powerplant in the W124 E class. The R107 never had an official hot rod version, although AMG breathed on a few of these roadsters before they became an in-house tuner. If the 3.6 liter inline-6 from the tuning arm existed when this SL was new, we may have seen a creation like this SL36 for sale in Witten, Germany. Thanks to Pablo over at flüssig magazine for bringing this one to our attention!
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Mercedes-Benz SL36 at CultCars
It goes without saying that not every older German car is perfect, and that leaves a large amount of cars that are a bit of a “project”. Depending on your tolerance and your desire for a particular model, that level of project can vary greatly from a car that has some minor needs to a complete rebuild from scratch. Today I have two “broken” Silver Arrows from different generations – each with a devoted following and somewhat rare to see these days. Both could function as daily drivers with some work if you’re game. Let’s start with the Coupe GT:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Audi Coupe GT on eBay
I’m not often intrigued by convertible iterations of 911s, but this ’84 caught my eye for its perfect color combo and low miles. The fact that it appears mostly original, as validated by the seller’s claims of minimal paintwork and lack of panel replacement, is an added bonus. The higher-compression 3.2 liter flat-6 adds to the overall package, which is perfect for warm weather climates like Florida, where this car resides. The modest whale-tail on the back works for me, giving the classic shape some added attitude, but without the disproportionate effect of a full Turbo-style spoiler on a non-Turbo body. Speaking of shapes, the 911 is one of the few cars that looks as good as a convertible as it does a fixed-roof coupe – in this author’s humble opinion.