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One of approximately 1,600 examples produced for the US market from November 1986 through September 1988, this 1988 BMW M6 Coupe was sold new to an oral surgeon in Knoxville, Tennessee, who retained it until August 1993, when it was sold to a Colorado-based BMW collector and enthusiast with just 19,058 miles. As offered, the vehicle’s condition is commensurate with a well-kept driver-quality example. The paint finish and interior continue to show well, and the engine compartment is nicely detailed and above-average in visual presentation. The continuous service history file tracks the past 21 years of proper and regular maintenance. A recent inspection of the car revealed all factory-original VIN decals were found to remain on the body panels, a great indicator of the vehicle’s originality. All lights, switches, gauges, and wipers, plus the mirror, radio, and sunroof are reported to be in working order with the air-conditioning continuing to blow cold.
The M6 is fully accessorized with a tool kit, original handbook, owner’s manual, warranty card, brochures, a BMW cassette head cleaner, a flashlight, and a BMW Motorsport umbrella. Complete with a clean CARFAX report on file and continuing to benefit from excellent single- owner care for over two decades, this 1988 BMW M6 is simply an excellent and enjoyable example of one of the most sought-after and satisfying modern BMW performance models in today’s collector-car market. As such, it is truly deserving of its famous “Ultimate Driving Machine” appellation.
The Legendary M6
To legions of enthusiasts, the Paul Bracq- designed E24 6-Series coupe remains one of the most charismatic of modern BMW designs. Developed into its ultimate M635CSi specification from 1983 with the deft touch of BMW’s “M” (Motorsport) division and featuring a wet-sump version of the M1’s powerful 3.5-litre DOHC six-cylinder engine, the M635CSi debuted at Frankfurt in 1983. More commonly known as the “M6”, it was produced in five distinct variations depending upon the destination market. North American examples (Model 5514) were emission compliant with the S38 engine still producing 256 bhp. Production of these cars spanned November 1986 through September 1988. All M6 body shells were built by Karmann at Osnabrück, Germany, with the cars completed at BMW’s Dingolfing Works.
Additional M6 highlights included a front air dam, sport suspension, limited-slip differential, and Michelin TRX tires on alloy wheels. Options included power front seats, rear air-conditioning, and a central beverage chiller. Official performance data revealed excellent 0-to-60 acceleration times of 6.4 seconds and top speeds nudging 160 mph. With its spectacular performance, exceptional handling and roomy, comfortable interior, the E24-based M6 continues to rank as one of Germany’s ultimate GT cars.