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1988 BMW M6

To me, part of the insanity regarding the E30 M3 pricing revolves around the other important BMW models that you can get for much less money. Take this M6 for example; the E24 was a landmark design for the company, making BMW even more popular in the refined personal luxury coupe market. If the argument is that the E30 shared race-bred DNA, so did the E24 M6; it was the car that replaced the legendary CSLs on the race track, flying the BMW colors in the European Touring Car Championship and FIA Group 2 (later Group A) competition. The motor was also race bred, having derived directly from the original M car, the M1’s legendary M88 mill. It rolled on race-inspired BBS wheels and, like all M-products back in the day, was manual only. The M6 also added a seriously healthy dose of luxury, with leather trimmed interiors, rear air conditioned compartments and fit and finish second to none. This was no buzzy entry-level, junior-executive ride – this was a car designed to grab headlines and attention. Why, then, hasn’t the market on these super coupes appreciated?


Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 70,609 mi
Price: $28,980 Buy It Now

From a known car collector

Garage kept

Original , never modified or raced

CarFax, Owners Manuals, Tool Kit, Service Records

of just 1,034 M6 produced for the US

only 6 ever built in this color!

Bronzit Metallic

Nappa Natural leather Interior

In-Line 6 cyl engine

5 speed manual transmission

Limited Slip differential

All options work, no dash lights on

All Vin tags present

AC blows cold with R12

only issues are a few chips & dings on hood

has the factory original wheels with
Newer Metric Michelin Tires in very good condition

Cell phone mounted on carpet not console

Radio upgrade from original

Do call me with any questions on this Classic BMW, 610-716-1458 TOM

Though the M6s have always enjoyed a bit of a coveted existence within the BMW community, amazingly it seems that few surface in the condition of this car; lower miles, and highly original condition. This example is also quite rare in Bronzit; perhaps not the most exciting color and especially sedate paired with Natur leather, but it must be said that the car still has tremendous presence. The phone and upgraded stereo seem to be the only items that aren’t particularly original; it even seems that the owner didn’t replace the original Roundels in the TRX wheels. You could do a light refresh and correct some of these items – removing the phone would be pretty high on my list. Regardless, though, you’d have to admit this is one very attractive package overall; original and in great condition in a very rare color combination, this car should be 1980s royalty. But the asking price seems an almost reasonable $28,980 compared to what that amount buys you in the E30 market. For that matter, compared to some of the M5s that we’ve seen sell in recently in the same vicinity this car doesn’t appear to be very overpriced. It may be slightly ahead of where the market is, but that doesn’t mean it’ll remain there for long. Even if you paid a premium for a car like this now, the direction that the market has been heading in would indicate that in a year or two, if you keep this car in top condition and the miles lower this car will be worth more money – frankly, as it should be, considering what it is.



  1. Brad
    Brad March 26, 2015

    Very nice. Glad the radio isn’t from kmart.

  2. Ray
    Ray March 26, 2015

    The phone would stay if I bought it. I’d fly down the road pretending I was Gordon Gekko!

  3. Bushwick Bob
    Bushwick Bob March 27, 2015

    Oooh. Bronzit.

    Ray, someone needs to engineer an iPhone cradle to sit in the center of one of these old analog cellulars. Then you could charge, talk, listen, or whatever while staying “period correct”. That would be pretty awesome.

  4. Ray
    Ray March 29, 2015

    Auction ended with zero bids. Guess the starting bid was set too high.

  5. Carter
    Carter March 29, 2015

    @Ray, agreed – the starting price was where most end up and Bronzit I think makes the car appeal to a more selective crew than the normal M crowd, so the above average condition is a wash and the right person will need to see it to make the higher price happen.

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