Heap of the Week: 1985 BMW M635CSi

If the classic 911 market has scared you, the Mercedes-Benz SECs are a little too soft and you worry about a foray into 928 ownership costs, M6 and M635CSi are a great alternative for a high-speed weekend transport for two. The U.S. received the quite potent and catalyst-equipped S38 motor, while the original daddy M635CSi got the full-fat M88 motor right out of the M1. With nearly 300 horsepower on tap, the M88 and those beautiful headers was a healthy upgrade from the U.S. version. If that wasn’t enough, you also got the much cleaner looking bumpers to go along with the extra ponies. Many M635s made it here thanks to the grey market, and occasionally one pops up for sale, such as today’s silver example:

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Afternoon Accessories: BMW M88 Valve Cover

Looking for some garage art and a BMW fan? This valve cover off one of the highest regarded engines ever may suit the bill. The M88 was and is a fantastic motor, redefining the place of BMW amongst the great car makers of the world for enthusiasts. While it’s not so cheap to buy a M88 engine or M88-engined car, you can pick up this great looking valve cover to adorn a wall and pay tribute to that monster inline-6:

Year: 1978-1989
Model: M1, M635CSi, M6, M535i, M5
Condition: Used
Price: $175 Buy It Now

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This is the Valve Cover pulled from a 1985 M635 with 100k miles on it. The cover is in mint condition. The finish is in beautiful shape. One of the nicest I have seen.

This is for the Euro M88 motor – 1984 – 1987 e24 M635csi and e28 M5. It will not fit the North American S38

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I love the slightly worn but still very presentable look. It has just the right patina to make it fly as wall art. At $250, it’s not cheap, but as I said it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying a whole car!

-Carter

1988 BMW M6

When someone is asked to name some of the great models in BMW history, historically the same names populate the list – 328, 2002, 3.0 CSL, M1, E30 M3 and the E28 M5. Newer converts to the BMW brand will extol the virtues of the E36 and E46 M3, E39 M5 and the monstrous howling V10 E60 M5. They would be right, for sure, but notably absent from the front of most enthusiast’s minds is the spectacular E24 M6. Available initially in Europe in 1983 with the M88 motored M635CSi, North America later received a special S38 (catalyst equipped) version of the magical 24 valve inline six motor churning out enough power to scare most supercars. Though designed in the 1970s, the E24 seemed to really come into its own in the 1980s and defined “the look” – low, sleek and aggressive, these were highway predators that could hold their own on any back road. In terms of grand touring coupes, the M6 was simply in a class of its own with its unique combination of luxury, style and sport. Today’s 1988 M6 is an example of how perfect that combination was:

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Year: 1988
Model: M6
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 63,700 miles
Price: $23,800 Buy it Now

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1988 BMW M6 coupe, Cinnibar Red with natural, 63,700 miles, 256hp in-line 6 cylinder normally aspirated M6 engine, 5 speed manual transmission, power seats, factory power sunroof, factory alloy wheels with correct Michelin TRX tires, fresh servicing, owner’s manuals, tools and jack, clean CarFax title history, USA example. Nationwide and international delivery arranged from our suburban Boston showroom. We reserve the right to end the auction early if the reserve has not been met. For more information about Copley Motorcars, please refer to the “About Me” button in this listing. Telephone: 781.444.4646

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M6s come to the market in generally two fashions – near perfect examples, or examples with serious needs. This example seems very much to be the former as a lower-mileage survivor. The advertisement states fresh servicing, which is a plus, though it would be nice to know if that was just an oil change or a full valve adjustment service. At this point in their lives, the S38 motored BMWs aren’t a cheap car to keep running in top condition, so finding one that is in good shape like this is a great starting point. Being that the car is in Massachusetts, it would be prudent to check the bottom of the car for rust starting though it appears to be well cared for. Other than some small chipping on the chin spoiler, the new owner would most likely want to get a replacement set of wheels and tires immediately – at nearly $2,500 for a new set TRX tires, you’d be better off sourcing some Style 5 17” BBS RC wheels from a 528i sport to maintain the look and have affordable (and much better) tire options.

I really think the M6 market is undervalued right now. Values on the M3 continue to soar and are pulling other BMW models up with them. The price seems in line with the high end of the market, but represents only about 50% of the price of a similar mileage and condition E30 M3 right now. While having the 4 doors of the M5 is certainly a plus, the M6 was available –thankfully – in colors other than black, such as this pretty and eye-catching Cinnibar Red. The 88 and 89 models also have slightly revised and much more slick looking bumper covers and ellipsoid headlights. They are supreme highway cruisers, more comfortable for two than the M5 and with enough luggage space for a long weekend trip. As $24,000 is buying you less and less 25 year old BMW these days, this M6 offers you a lot of car for your investment, with the promise to appreciate as the years and the smiles grow.

-Carter

1980 BMW M1

The M1 was a curious car for BMW; it was unlike anything the company had ever manufactured and we haven’t seen a modern day equivalent since. To this day, it is known as one of the rarest BMW models, yet its influence throughout the lineup can be seen right up to this day. This was the car that kickstarted BMW’s Motorsport division into the mainstream, as the M88 inline six lived on in such cars as the E24 M6 and M635CSi and E28 M5. It’s uncommon to see an M1 in the wild, in fact, the only one I’ve ever seen was at the BMW Zentrum in Munich. This particular example for sale in London is originally a California car and one of the last ones off the production line.

Year: 1980
Model: M1
Engine: 3.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,000
Price: POA

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1981 BMW M1, One of only 453 cars produced (399 Road Specification), Chassis No. 4301154

The M1 was the first car unveiled by the independent BMW Motorsport division; the M1 represented a radical departure for the famed German marque. Designed to do battle with Porsche in FIA’s Group 4 category, the mid-engine BMW supercar was developed in tandem with Lamborghini, designed by influential Italian stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro and constructed by Baur in Stuttgart. An extremely capable and well-rounded sports car, the BMW featured a Marchese-built tube-frame chassis, fiberglass construction, large vented disc brakes, a five-speed ZF transaxle and fully independent suspension as well as luxury amenities such as air-conditioning and power windows. At the heart of the state-of-the-art supercar was BMW’s magnificent M88 engine, which featured chain-driven camshafts, four valves- per-cylinder, dry-sump lubrication, steel tube headers and advanced Bosch Kugelfischer timed mechanical fuel injection. Boasting 0–60 times of 5.6 seconds and a top speed in excess of 160 mph, the car was one of the fastest production sports cars of its era. BMW Motorsport initially contracted Lamborghini to assemble the cars with engines produced and shipped from Germany. However, severe financial troubles at Lamborghini forced BMW to terminate their agreement with the Italian supercar maker. Thus, the production examples of the E26 M1 were partially assembled at Ital Design in Turin using fiberglass bodywork supplied by T.I.R and tubular space frames supplied by Marchesi. Final assembly was then conducted at the Baur coachworks in Stuttgart, Germany, then each M1 was then given a final inspection at the BMW Motorsport facility in Munich before handover to the new owners.

Our M1 is one of the last of 399 road specification examples to be built, supplied new by Hardy & Beck of Berkeley, California in April 1981. Having spent the vast majority of its years in the hands of two California collectors, this extremely rare and low mileage BMW supercar is one of the finest surviving examples to offered for sale in recent years. The previous owner from Chicago, Illinois, a known collector with a stable of exotic sports and racing cars, has always maintained a passion for M-series BMWs and was struck by this M1’s ideal appearance and well-preserved original condition. Over the years, the car has been kept in excellent order and, as recently as May 2012, was entrusted to an official BMW service agent, for a maintenance inspection and general check-over.

Commissioned to be built in white with black leather interior with checked fabric inserts; this M1 remains in excellent original condition throughout and, unlike many examples, shows no sign of modification or altercations. With the odometer displayed just over 30,000 miles, a figure that is commensurate with its outstanding presentation. Offered for sale with a tool roll, recent service records, our M1 are impressively presented and ready to be enjoyed by its next lucky owner.

One of the most exclusive post-war BMWs, the M1 maintains an important place in the marque’s history and has already begun to attract the attention of discerning collectors. Like the legendary Porsche 2.7 Carrera RS and BMW 3.0 CSL, the M1 was a limited-production homologation special that served as a showcase for the latest advances in sports car design and engineering. Considering its rarity, mechanical sophistication and historical importance, the M1 is a fascinating modern classic that should hold great appeal for collectors with an appreciation for ground breaking sports cars. A superb example in every respect, this exceptional BMW supercar would make an exciting addition to a collection of great classic cars.

Part of our final sales preparation the M1 will be fully serviced with new MOT completed by authorized BMW service centre.

They always say, if you have to ask how much it is, you can’t afford it, but it would have been nice if the seller would have disclosed the offer price for this rare BMW. At the moment, a good M1 can range in between $250,000 to around $350,000. There are a lot of other cars in that price range that could outperform it, but owning the only mid-engined BMW production vehicle as a certain cache about it. This was genesis for BMW Motorsport, a tuning arm that has created undoubtedly some of the most fearsome performance vehicles to emerge from Germany.

-Paul