Though they’re the juggernaut of BMW performance today, the reality is that there were quite a few stumbling blocks and it took many years for BMW Motorsport GmbH to establish themselves as the benchmark for German performance. Many consider the M1 the genesis of BMW M, but in fact the brand was born nearly a decade earlier with the introduction of the 3.0 CSL. The high performance E9 was built together with BMW’s competition department, a relationship which ultimately resulted in the birth of BMW’s Motorsport division. A few years later, the new entity would give birth to an equally legendary creation, the 2002 Turbo. But when it came to the first car to carry the “M” badge, it was of course the legendary M1 with its motorsport derived M88/1 double overhead cam inline six screaming in the middle of the car. You’d think this recipe carried over to the sedan range, but that was not immediately the case. First, BMW produced the M535i in the E12 chassis. The follow-up E28 model of the same designation most remember was mostly an appearance package, but the E12 model was turned up over the rest of the range – but not with the M88; BMW instead relied on the M30 to power the M535i. Then, there was a year where nothing happened; the M1 was out of production, the E12 was replaced by the E28, and ostensibly BMW had no real performance models.
That was remedied at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show, where a juiced up version of the 635CSi was offered. It was labeled the M635CSi; but unlike the M535i, under the hood wasn’t the venerable M30 that powered the normal 635CSi. In its place, the Motorsport division decided to slot the M88, now with /3 designation; the result was 286 horsepower – a staggering figure at the time, considering that the contemporary Porsche 930 was considered fairly bonkers with a little over 300 horsepower and though it looked much larger, the early E24s only weighed about 200 lbs. more than the Porsche. Coupled with some aerodynamic tweaks, heavier duty suspension, brakes and larger wheels and tires, the result was the menacing presence worthy of the nickname “Shark”. For all intents and purposes, this was really the first “M” car for the masses. BMW brought its M lineup to the United States for 1987 with the renamed M6, and though power was down to 256 with the catalyst-equipped S38, these were still one of the fastest cars you could buy in a dealer lot that model year.
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Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 105,000 mi
Location: Miami, Florida
Price: $65,000 Buy It Now
Vehicle Original VIN : WBAEE1406H2560514
What do collectors love? They love a story!
As enthusiasts and collectors, our cars are conversation starters and stories shared with others and this car is an amazing story and testament of BMW history.
This car is a 1987 BMW M6, one of the very first M6’s brought into the country! It was purchased new by the original owner through a BMW dealer in Maryland as a European delivery vehicle and stayed fully original, unmodified, and completely accounted for.
If history and records are your thing, this car has every single record since new, including the original order sheet for the European Delivery Program and the copy of the very check used to purchase the vehicle!
As part of the European Delivery Program, BMW gave their clients a pamphlet with maps of all BMW dealers throughout Europe and the original maps of Munich and West Germany at the time, ALL STILL IN PHENOMENAL SHAPE AND INCLUDED. This car also has all the original keys, all of the original matching VIN stickers on the car, and fully original dashboard.
Throughout its life it was well taken care of until we had the car gone through underneath to fully detail the under body and all four corners of the suspension along with the wheels. The previous caretakers had the wheels hand pin striped with the black accent seen on them today and the car has had the self leveling suspension (a common point of failure and downright annoyance) removed and replaced with Bilstein suspension.
The original Michelin TRX spare is in the trunk still with the tool kit, fuses and bulbs that accompanied the vehicle along with over 100 pages of every single service done to the vehicle with all invoices and parts accounted for.
This is one of the best documented vehicles we have ever come across and can assure you we have not seen a cleaner M6 that is fully original.
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The classic black exterior is met with a nice gray interior, and while generally speaking I’d seek out an ’88-up refresh model with the revised bumpers and lights were I in the market place, there are nice aspects about the ’87s too. The all-rubber bumpers disappear on the black, and it just looks great with the chunky spoilers and metric BBSs that now have polished lips. Step inside, though, and one of the neatest aspects available in ’87 was the all-leather dashboard. Perhaps it’s not practical, but it’s very cool to see. They were done away with on later models die to issues with the leather shrinking, and it’s a rare item to see today. This was effectively part of the “Highline” package, which also included the rear A/C controls – and the options were shared with the one-year-only L6 as well, though most of the items (sans dashboard) were included in the 88-89 revisions. The SLS suspension has been addressed, mileage is below average, condition appears to be above average, and the market is fairly hot on these cars right now – so it’s not hugely surprising to see the $65,000 asking price. It might feel a little high, but that’s pretty much right in the ballpark that these have been selling for. And while the 911 might be more evocative and the obvious choice, I think you get a bit more for your money with the M6 – nevermind much greater rarity.