One of the most important BMW models of all time is the 3.0 CSL, which was a high-performance road car built to homologate the BMW CSL racers. These are integral to the history of the BMW brand and have become mythic in the BMW model range as the first “Ultimate Driving Machine.” The downside for collectors is that a 3.0 CSL is also quite expensive.
There is an alternative to the CSL, however, that is just starting to show up on collectors’ radars: the BMW M6. The M6 is the spiritual successor to the 3.0 CSL, taking the stunning 6 Series body, inserting the 3.5-liter inline-6 engine from the M1 supercar under the hood, improving the suspension and adding much-needed aerodynamic aids for the car. Those aids were needed as the M6 was a true 155 mph road burner.
The Pick of the Day is a 1988 BMW M6 coupe that has covered only 34,000 miles from new, advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Huntington Station, New York. The M6, finished in Cinnabar Red with a Lotus White leather interior and beige carpeting, has its original paint and interior.
The M6 is described as a superb example with its original books, tool kit, spare tire, jack and complete service records from new. The car has always been serviced per the BMW schedule and was always well-kept regardless of use, the seller says.
The factory options on this car include power front seats, self-leveling rear suspension (replaced with Bilstein parts though the original suspension comes with the car), sunshade for rear occupants and an 8-speaker premium sound system. The only items not original to this BMW are the upgraded radio and suspension components, the dealer notes.
The history of this car is an example of what to buy if you want the best. The records with the car indicate that it was initially sold by JMK BMW in Springfield, New Jersey. Its most recent owner has had the car since 1996 with only 11,000 miles added since, the seller says, adding that this M6 has never seen inclement weather or been involved in any accidents.
These cars have been moving up in price. They were rare when new with only 1,632 shipped to the United States from 1987 to 1989. This stunning example of the BMW M6 has an asking price of $79,500 or best offer.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.