The E24 6 series is a perennial favorite amongst the BMW faithful. Successor to the graceful E9 Coupe, this coupe debuted in 1976 and would be a symbol of status and wealth all the way to the end of the 1980s. Nowadays, these are fairly attainable classics, barring very mint M6 examples. This 1987 635CSi was brought to our attention from our reader Stephen and looks absolutely luscious in Luxor Beige over black leather. This example comes equipped with the 5-speed manual gearbox, a bonus for enthusiasts. If it’s a clean non-M E24 you’ve been searching for, you’ll want to take a closer look at this coupe.
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I’ll admit that a fair amount of these 10K face-offs are somewhat limited in their execution. Often, the examples of cars I’m able to track down for the day of the article aren’t the best that are out there or, more often than not, in an effort to fit the cars under the 10K budget they’re just not the prime examples or they’re not good matches. However, there are two performance convertibles on fairly equal footing that really offer a tremendous amount of proverbial bang for your buck these days; come to the table with around $10,000 and you can pick up either a E36/7 BMW M Roadster or 986 Porsche Boxster S. Granted, in some cases the stars have to align just right and there are many weeks where there aren’t two good examples in the price range – but today there just happen to be two very comparable examples to look at. Similar mileage, similar colors and similar power and drive mean that these two are still competing with buyers as they were when new. However, it’s there where the two cars seem to point towards the very different philosophies and character of their respective parent companies. Let’s then in the waning days of a summer gone by at two special and quite reasonably priced convertible sports cars:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 BMW M Roadster on eBay
This E30 caught my eye due to its similarities to my car – Alpine White with Euroweave 15×7 inch wheels painted Nogaro Silver. As of 48 hours ago, my Euroweaves have been retired for the winter so they can be repainted in factory silver; much like black sneakers, I never liked dark footwear on a car, either, so mine will be a shade lighter come spring. This car looks very clean in the right places, with a minty engine bay, dry differential, surprisingly clean wheel wells, and a nearly unmarked “Comfort” interior. The sport buckets would have been a nice upgrade here, but I can understand holding on to the flatter-bolstered seating surfaces when they’re as clean as these appear to be. The seller’s eBay rating isn’t great, so hopefully this car really is as-presented.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325i on eBay
The Netherlands, for some reason, seems to be a breeding ground when it comes to great examples of classics that we love. Case in point this low-mileage BMW 2002tii that was sourced from Portugal. This one is a later model with the square taillights and has a few tasty add ons such as the Minilite style wheels and rally lamps. The vintage white on black Portuguese license plates finish off the decidedly period look. give it a decidedly period look.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 BMW 2002tii at Veni Vidi Vici
The 325ES is my car’s efficiency-minded twin, with a few differences between the two. The one that always stands out to me is the front air dam: the IS valence has two additional slots for guiding air to the oil cooler that the ES front-end did not. The air dams are such a huge pain in the ass to mount securely to the car that I’m amazed BMW at the time not only sought to distinguish the cars via air slots but also manufactured two versions of essentially the same front wing. The 80s, they were crazy! Anyways, what’s not crazy is the price for such a clean, low-mileage E30 with minimal distortion from its original stock configuration. This is another car that, like yesterday’s Avus Blue M3, will look like a steal in short order at this price.