Witness exhibit C in my anti-E30 M3 campaign. Like yesterday’s 1988 635CSi, this is another clean and tidy, well presented E24. But unlike yesterday’s end of the run car, this is a mid-year non-M spec car that I would generally consider the least appealing of the bunch. So what’s special about this one? Well, it’s a 5-speed car, always a plus amongst the big 6s. It’s got lower miles, too – only 68,000 in this case; that’s less than 2,500 on average if you’re counting. It’s all original, too – right down to the TRX wheels and tires. It has the unique Buffalo hide leather – an interior usually seen in the M cars but less frequently in normal production models. But in my mind I love it because it’s a Euro-spec car with a documented history, and an interesting one at that:
“It was a running driving car when parked” has to be one of the most pointless things that is put into a used car advertisement. First off, in order to park, most cars needed to run. They need to drive to where they were parked. But then, something happened. Something happened that made you not go start the car again. Sure, we hear the stories from time to time about an owner who died, left the country, suddenly became completely uninterested in the car. But usually, those cars are first generation Ford Tauruses or Jeep Wranglers; it’s not often that they’re a 1987 BMW M6. Well, we do get the typical ad lines – selling for a friend’s widow, car ran when parked, looks good when sprayed with water. But with the frenzy of activity in the M market these days, is it worth the risk to step into a legenary S38-powered M6 that’s been sitting for 15 years?
A about a month ago I wrote up a M6 roundup, covering the many nice examples for sale. They range greatly in price and condition these days, so it’s really best to do your homework, find the one you like and try to get one with a solid maintenance history over a few less miles. But occasionally one pops up that you just say “Wow!” to, and this one is pretty high up here. With a reported 40,000 miles, this European-spec 1985 M635CSi is just jaw-dropping:
When my father started his foray into German cars, I was a young teenager. The first car he bought was a 1982 BMW 633CSi; to my eyes, still a beautiful car. Shortly after that he bought a companion 1985 635CSi automatic; and even though that car wasn’t quite as pretty as the earlier shark and was an automatic, it was much more fun to drive. It wasn’t because of the displacement increase in the motor, but rather the changeover to E28 mechanicals that really transformed the E24 from what was a stunning looker into a real driver’s car. These later 6s usually carry a bit of a premium over the early models, though truth be told the E24 market is really in a state of fluctuation where you can buy great looking cars for a steal or see very overpriced examples that need work. Currently falling into the former category is today’s black over cream 1986 model, sporting lower miles and the all-important 5-speed manual:
If you’re into rare Volkswagens, then you’re probably into rare Volkswagen wheels. One of the rarest you can get are the TRX variety wheels made by Ronal for Treser. Known mostly for their outrageous Audi products, the Treser wheels are a neat period-correct detail if you really want to stand out from the crowd. You’re not seeing things in that photo above; they’re directional left and right:
Model: Treser Turbo
Diameter: TRX 365mm (14.4″)
Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Offset: ET 40
Tires: Not Included
Price: $ 299 Buy It Now
Very rare: set of TRESER Turbo Wheels for every VW with 4 X 100 Wheels i.e. Golf/Rabbit/Jetta Mk1, Golf/Jetta Mk2/3, Scirocco Mk1/2, Passat Mk1/2 etc. They were made by Ronal/Germany.
The size is 155mm X 365mm (similar to 6,5″ X 14,4″). You have to use metric tires Michelin TRX 190/55 HR 365 or 200/55 HR 365.
Two caps are missing, but they are of course useable without them.
Set consists of 2 right wheels and 2 left wheels and 2 centre caps.
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The bad news is that two of the likely irreplaceable center caps are missing; but you could run them without as the sale notes. Problem two is the tires; TRX tires are still available though pricey through retailers like Coker Tire; a quick check shows two tires are available that would fit, but they’re around $350 per tire. You really have to want these wheels. However, for those not really interested in the limited tire choices, TRX wheels like these make great garage art for the person who has everything, but wants one thing more – or in this case, 4 things more!