Bronze Age: 2013 BMW Gran Coupe Individuals

I was pretty surprised to come across a F06 BMW Gran Coupe in the neat shade of Frozen Bronze Metallic (X11) this week while surfing the sea of black, silver and white examples out there. Don’t believe me? There are some 32 Gran Coupes selling used on eBay as of the time I write this; only four of them are not one of those shades. Two are dark blue which is lovely, but the Frozen Bronze somehow is a bit more in character with the model somehow. But, to order one you need to go through BMW Individual, so I was doubly surprised to see a second Individual Gran Coupe in the same shade. I can’t help but consider these cars homages to the E24 L6s and early M6s, with their fully leather-wrapped interiors and optional Bronzit color. Which one pulls off the Matte better?

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2012 BMW 650i Coupe

The BMW 635CSi we just saw a few hours ago was rare due to the fact it had a third pedal. It’s rather amazing, then, that you can still spec a 6 series coupe these days with a manual transmission. I had mistakenly called an M6 Gran Coupe a 650i Gran Coupe a few weeks back. Chalk it up to a moment of delusion and the fact that the BMW product portfolio has extended further than the bailout talks for Greece. But here we have a good old two-door 6 series coupe, in a striking shade of red with the 6-speed gearshift sprouting up from the center console for all you die hard purists out there.

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BlueMWs – A Roundup of Newer BMWs

If I’m brutally honest, I’m not a huge fan of most of the newer BMW designs. As my wife says, I’d be happy if Journey was still on the radio and everyone was walking around with a mullet (that’s only half true…). But that’s not it; as I was saying to her just yesterday, I just don’t get excited about most of the new designs that come out. It wasn’t always this way – I remember eagerly awaiting the next issue of the multiple car magazines I subscribed to so that I could immediately flip to the section I found most exciting – the upcoming cars feature. But that enthusiasm has waned as cars have grown more complex, isolating and expensive. Sure, they’re faster – and even basic models do everything much better than even some “supercars” from the 1980s. But I don’t look at them and get excited like I did when the S4 first launched, for example. But, a thought occurred to me – while I’m not the biggest fan of these cars, proportionate to what you used to receive they’re simply a better value and better cars. We can pontificate about the virtues of the E30 M3 to no end, but the reality is that even around a track, the bone-stock 328i all-wheel drive wagon below would give it a run for its money without much difficulty – and in every other aspect, it’s a better car. We’re really still in the midst of a horsepower revolution, but that power is translated to the ground better than before with more sophisticated transmissions and computer aids along with all-wheel drive available in most packages. But it’s not just speed – not only can these fast cars get you to the Alps, they are like the luxury resorts when you get there, with fine materials and fit and finish that are really top quality. In a word, they’re spectacular at being cars that are much more functional in multiple facets than anything previously. So, here’s a lineup of some neat newer BMWs; while I’m not the biggest fan of all the packages or designs, one thing that I do love is their blues – so here’s a round up of most of them:

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Convertible Week: 2008 BMW 650i 6-speed manual

After a long hiatus, the BMW 6 series coupe returned in 2004 to mixed reviews. While it was generally regarded as a decent drivers car, the looks received mixed reactions. Some liked it, while others lamented it strayed too much from the much loved E24 6 series and aped a lot of the quirky traits of the recently introduced 7 series. Shortly after the coupe was launched, a convertible followed, with a canvas roof with an interesting flying buttress design at the rear window.

This 650i for sale in Michigan is another prime example of steep depreciation in the luxury car arena. However, for those wanting a big more of an edge, this one has the rather uncommon 6-speed manual gearbox.

Year: 2008
Model: 650i
Engine: 4.8 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 39,442 mi
Price: $37,995

2008 BMW 650i on eBay

This sale is for the 2008 BMW shown in the photos below, The car is in good shape and working condition, the car has had all of the factory maintenance completed to date. The 650I is a great auto, fantastic German engineering and handling. The tires were replaced last June with Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/45/zr18xl tires. This one will be missed. There are plenty of photos below for your search. The car was inspected by an independent inspector when I purchased the BMW in January of 2012 with no accidents or mechanical issue.

This is a buy it now sale with no waiting for an auction. There is a $500.00 non refundable deposit due at time of purchase. This car is a local pickup, we do not ship autos. This sale is open to the continental United States only, we do not sell outside of this area (please don’t ask). If you have any other questions please feel free to email me. Thanks and good luck.

I like the recently introduced F12/F13 6 series a bit better than this E63/E64 6 series, but that’s not saying much. I won’t go as far to say that Chris Bangle is a bad automotive designer, rather, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. However, I do think a lot of enthusiasts were disappointed simply because BMW was at the peak of their game in the 1980s and 1990s in terms of vehicle styling. For a lower mileage 650i of this vintage, expect to pay anywhere between $30,000 to $40,000 depending on the options, of course. This car will probably appeal to a select few, given the three pedals, so I’d suspect the price isn’t doing it any favors. If this car could be had for under $35,000, it would be well bought.

-Paul