While the BMW M6 debuted in North America in 1987, other markets had been enjoying this hopped up version of the E24 coupe under the M635CSi guise since 1983. While non catalyzed M6 engines were producing 286 horsepower, the North American market had to deal with “just” 256 horsepower. Here we have the very first M6 of 1,767 sold in North America.
The seller states:
1987 M6 First M6 built for US Market Serial Number 001:
This is the first BMW M6 ever built for the US Market. The vehicle is in all original condition. The engine was rebuilt a year and half ago and the car has had 100 miles put on it since. This is a very special vehicle due to the fact that it was the first one ever made. This car was actually a pre-production car and was held on to by BMW until 1988 when it was finally shipped to a dealer in California and sold. Being that this was a pre-production vehicle the car was built with out power seats and did not have the fixed rear center console.
The car lived in California until 2006 when it was purchased by a gentlemen in Washington DC. The car was then sold to a gentlemen in Rhode Island later that year. I purchased the car in the fall of 2007 and have enjoyed it ever since. I have all of the service records of the car through the years. The car has been maintained very well. To make the car into a show car the car would have to be repainted in its original Royal Blue Metallic paint color which is easily available and have the driver side bolster fixed where there has developed a rip.
The reason I’m selling the car is that I have other projects that I have gotten involved in and I’m not going to have time to get to this car in the near future. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get your hands on a piece of history like this.
Being the first production M6 for North America, this car has a lot of significance. However, the condition of the vehicle lets it down. As I write this, there is only one bid and the price is at $9,000, not having met the reserve. I can’t see such a car going for over $15k, even though it is chassis number one. If this car had been taken better care of and reflected that in condition and service records, we’d have a winner on our hands. Still, this is an important piece of BMW M history.
The E24 6-series holds a cult following that has become more and more vocal around the automotive world recently. Admired for the unmistakable landshark aesthetic, the best engineering BMW had to offer, and unadulterated (or is that adulterated?) 80s charm, loyal reader and commenter Bob brought to our attention an example that should have the cult of 6 screaming. Screaming at one another to buy it; at their wives to let them buy it; at their parents/bank/ATM to lend them the money. This Golden Shark is a truly spectacular 2-owner, 64k-mile beauty at a pleasing price.
The seller isn’t joking when he says it looks like it has 10k miles on it. He and the original owner confirm that this thing hasn’t been driven in the rain. Ever. It’s the nicest 6-series I’ve seen, inside and out, but isn’t priced like other “collectable” 80s BMWs these days. An E30 M3 or E28 M5 in this condition would go for well over $20k, yet this gold-chained beauty has a Buy-it-Now price of just $11,995. Maybe it’s the color, but if you’re going gaudy 80s, you might as well embrace some gold while you’re at it. It certainly isn’t the provenance or the condition; those are unparalleled. The growing E24 cult should snap this baby up as quickly as possible before they become like the huddle Gollums searching for a clean, reasonably priced M3.
Born on the 25th in 1985, it’s my golden birthday this year. This would be an appropriate present.
This completely custom M6 has thousands of dollars in high end parts. Hamann body kit, Hamann exhaust, 22″ rims, subwoofers. The previous owner was a professional basketball player.
The black and white color scheme is unique, but doesn’t really appeal to my senses, but I’m not a huge fan of the 6 series looks stock. The V10 engine with SMG is hard not to love though.
With $40k in upgrades on top of the price of the car it will be interesting to see where this ends up. It is up for sale with no reserve.
I’m just going to keep rolling with the exceptional examples of older BMW M-cars I’ve been finding. Though my personal tastes tend towards the hotted-up sedans and wagons (fast coupes are just so predictable), few grand tourers, 80s or not, match the sexiness of the E24 M6, aka M635CSi, aka landshark. 286 bhp from a race-bred inline-6 sounds pretty damn good today, let alone a quarter-century ago. A private collection has decided to sell this immaculate, 27k-mile example on MunichEvo, ready to turn some lucky buyer into the coolest German gangster around.
27k mile 1987 BMW M6 for sale on MunichEvo
There’s a few nitpicky styling things I’d examine, i.e. immediate removal of the windshield banner if it’s still there, but overall this car is amazing. White, notably the national racing color of Germany, makes 80s Bimmers seem even more proud. 27k miles is just mind-blowing, and I love that it has a carphone still. It is the epitome of what the M6 can be, and shames the modern E63/4 version. The main drawback is the price: $38,995 is a ton of money. Yes, these cars are rare, and this is perhaps the best example out there, but it’d be much more attractive and reasonable closer to $30k, not 40. And thus, it’s mostly just a fun reminder of how awesome BMW styling, especially on the M cars, used to be.
Stumbled onto this example via R3VLimited. Take a look at this 1988 BMW M6 with only 35k on the odometer:
quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:
Mint condition 1988 BMW M6, only 35,615 Miles. This car is awesome. All hoses, clamps, Rubber, and insulation pads replaced 2004. Full OH and service on brakes and clutch in 2004 over $8,700 of restoration work in 2004. This car has it all. In 1995 (@26,330 miles)we installed BMW M-system wheels, Pirelli Tires, Stage 4 Dinan High Performance Suspension Package, D900-3421 Dinan High Performance Chip over $11,400 of improvements(all work documented and performed by Research, Restoration and Development, Inc). Car has sunroof, leather, alpine stereo, a/c, full power seats/windows, built in radar detection system(needs updating for modern laser). The interior is gray and in mint condition 10/10 (not a single blemish to include trunk with original tool kit) The exterior is blue (looks blue/purpleish in certian light) original color. The exterior has no dents and is really good condition. There are some small road chips on front (Spoiler has no scraps or damage) Being critical, I would rate the paint as 8.5/10 due to the front road chips. This car looks mint and has always been stored indoors and cleaned and buffed after each trip. Cover Included.
$22.5k sounds like a pretty good deal with this kind of mileage, and documented maintenance and upgrades. And the blue on gray with the M5 rims… Yum!