Heap of the Week Double Take: Make your own Callaway Turbo M6?

Bored? Inspired by our “Shark Week” and Reader Ride – Callaway Turbo features? Well, here’s a double heap just for you then. Today we have not one, but two shark projects. The first is a mega-mile but uber-rare Callaway turbo 633 that was reportedly installed at the dealer; the second, a gutless M6. Could you make one crazy beast out of the duo? It may just be worth the shot for the right handy person. Let’s look at the Callaway first:

Year: 1983
Model: 633 CSi
Engine: 3.2 liter turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 275,000 mi
Price: $2,400 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 BMW 633 CSi Callaway Turbo on eBay

Up for Sale is a 1983 BMW 633 CSI with a dealer installed Callaway turbo system. It has a tan interior with Recaro front seats and black leather rear seats. The odometer says 106k miles as it was swapped in from a different car. Car also has original Gold 16” BBS wheels.
I have spent dozens of hours and over $1500 in parts/service alone.

Paint and body need a bit of work in various places. Hood and truck were resprayed metallic green (why green i do not know) Will need new front tires again after an alignment.

The car starts right up, runs and drives well
Automatic transmission
Magna Flow Exhaust
Brakes in good shape
Newly tinted windows
Full sized spare
Engine runs a bit rich at the moment
Cabin heats well and blower fans work.
Front and rear windows work as does the sunroof
Aftermarket radio with iPod connectivity
Located in Boise, ID 83709
Need it sold to cover a family members bills and its just taking up space.
USA bidders only
Buyer is responsible for arranging shipping
No returns or warranty, sold as is

Here is a list of the items recently serviced and repaired.

New fuel filter
New Fuel injector o-rings
New distributor cap and rotor
New Water Pump
New thermostat
Coolant flush and bleed
New Battery
Valve cover gasket
Oil Change/filter
New tires
Spark plugs
New speakers
Brake, differential, and trans fluids flushed/replaced.

Here is what I feel still needs to be serviced at some point in the near future.

Front end alignment
Oil pan gasket
AC service
Recover front seats

Please ask all questions before bidding. All sales are final. Paypal deposit as soon as auction ends. Full payment due in 3 days. Buyer responsible for all transport cost’s.

Thank You

Well, if there were ever any questions about the longevity of a Callaway turbo kit, this car seems to answer them. With a reported but not-particularly well explained 275,000 miles this car must certainly be one of the farthest driven Callaway turbos ever. If there are questions about how far this car has gone, though, the state of the exterior seems to verify that answer as “a lot”. And, by the looks of things, they haven’t been particularly friendly miles. The car also wears some popular semi-aftermarket BBS RA alloys, and all of this strange love is available for the low-low price of $2,400. What do you do with it? How about swapping all of the good items over to this M6?

With significantly less miles on the clock but missing the signature S38, nearly all of the value is gone out of this M6. Despite being in a fair state of neglect, the body appears reasonably straight and the interior not horrible. Obvious needs – outside of the drivetrain – are some non-TRX wheels, a front air dam and a whole bunch of detail hours. Despite this, the car is offered at no reserve with a low opening bid:

Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: None
Transmission: None
Mileage: 83,811 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction



Okay, so neither of these cars will be an easy project; but with clean M6 values pushing into the $20,000 range, it makes me wonder if it would be worthwhile to attempt to resurrect that beast on it’s own. Buying and installing a clean S38 would pretty much price you out of the market, but I bet you could get a S54 in there without much work….or, say, a Callaway turbo 3.2. Granted, it wouldn’t be as monstrous as the late Dinan turbo M6s, but between the two cars you’d have most of the components to make a quite neat ride on a budget. It wouldn’t be original, it wouldn’t be easy, but aren’t these two cars worth saving? I hope for someone, they are!


1979 BMW 633CSi

Shark Week gave us all a chance to look back in appreciation at the various iterations of the E24 6 series coupe. These luxury coupes of the late-70s and 80s remain excellent opportunities for buyers to experience a combination of performance and refinement for pretty reasonable costs. Here we have an early example of the series that appears very well maintained and in an unusual color: Topaz Brown. In 1979 the 633CSi replaced the 630CSi as the entry level 6 series in the US market and featured a 3.2 liter engine that produced 181 hp.


Year: 1979
Model: 633CSi
Engine: 3.2 liter straight-6
Transmission: Automatic
Mileage: 71,199 mi
Price: Reserve auction (Buy It Now $13,500)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 BMW 633CSi on Ebay

1979 BMW 633 CSi

Up for sale is my 1979 BMW 633 CSi. Simply elegant. Imagine the smell of supple leather and the warm breeze as you drive with the roof and all four windows open. A magnificent touring coupe.

It has just over 71,000 original pampered California miles. This car has been a lifelong “garage queen” which was originally ordered and purchased in Beverly Hills in the extremely rare color of Topasbraun, or, Topaz Brown, which is a bit of a misnomer, given that the color is really a metallic orange. The paint is mostly original, with the exception of the hood and roof which I had expertly matched and painted by the highest quality autobody shop in Rhode Island, AutoPaintRI. For whatever reason the hoods and roofs of these cars (I owned a low mile 1989 model once, same thing) are prone to fading.

This car has four new Michelins mounted on the original 14″ crosslace pattern BMW Mahle alloy wheels.

Its engine compartment is immaculate as you can see.

It has the original toolkit and all of the tools remain unused.

It has the optional original Bosch driving lights which have the integral bumper mounted stone guards.

Exhaust system is up to date and finished off with chrome tips.

No cracks on the dash and the interior is not faded, and the original leather seats are in amazing condition.

Sunroof works perfectly, opens and tilts.

It has the original carpets, headliner, interior, and the trunk compartment is in amazing condition. Spare has never left the car, an original Michelin tire mounted on an original Mahle wheel. This rare “big coupe” has always been immaculately maintained at the BMW dealer, and has always been garaged. These cars were more than $35k in 1979. It has the high quality original leather interior in tan, all the power options – locks, windows, AM/FM Blaupunkt radio, air conditioning, e.g.

All of the following service is up to date:

· Brakes
· Battery
· Alternator
· All fluids changed (oil every 2500 miles, trans fluid, transaxle, rear end, brake fluid flush, e.g.)

I am relocating soon and won’t have space to store my cars. This vehicle needs absolutely nothing but a new fanatical owner or BWW enthusiast. It comes with all of the manuals, keys, e.g.

This vehicle is in Rhode Island and is sold as-is, where-is, with no warranty, expressed or implied. I am a private owner, not a dealer. Rhode Island does not issue titles for cars of this age but I have copy of previous California title and current Rhode Island registration to show proof of ownership.

These cars are beautiful, elegant, extremely well made and this is one of the finest examples of an E24 you will find. These are the next classic BMW’s to skyrocket in value and just look at what the earlier versions (2800, 3.0 Cs, e.g.) of BMW’s “big coupe” are going for. The original design of this car came Paul Bracq of BMW and Wilhelm Karmann, whose company launched various pioneering designs for Porsche, VW and BMW, drove one of these himself. The first batch of these “E24’s” had bodies built by Karmann before BMW took production in house).

This is famously considered one of the most elegant and timeless designs of all time, and it is very hard to find such an example which has been pampered. I require a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 immediately via PayPal at the conclusion of the auction, with the balance due in the form of a bank check in five business days. This car is a bargain which will only provide enjoyment and capital appreciation in the years to come.


The 633CSi isn’t in quite the demand of the top of the range M6 or 635CSi, but that just means a lower cost for a car that still should be capable of providing plenty of enjoyment. While I’m sure most of us would prefer this car with a manual transmission, an automatic provides for easy touring that is part of the appeal of a car like this, and on a non-M edition certainly shouldn’t be viewed as a deal-breaker. Bidding is currently at $6,100 with the reserve still on and a Buy It Now price of $13,500. I expect bidding to come up a bit, and while the Buy It Now price is perhaps on the high end for a 633CSi with nearly 72,000 miles, given the rare color and apparent condition we might see that number eclipsed.