Good Bones: 1987 BMW M6

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While every seller would like to think their car has “good bones,” few cars rarely show it as well as this slightly tatty 1987 BMW M6 does. This is one the last “affordable” M-cars of the 1980s, as prices continue to climb for top-shelf specimens like the E30 M3 and E28 M5. This M6 is a lifelong California car that seemingly spent time with owners that were devoted to its mechanical upkeep and driving the heck out of it. Find the M6 here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $16,900.

This M6 comes with an impressive stack of paperwork indicating many years of faithful upkeep by its long-time owner. The car was also used daily, and it shows: the rubber spoiler is severely dried out and discolored; the paint is heavily faded; the exhaust tips are rusty. And you can bet every door and window seal has shriveled up with age, too. But it all emits a loud, “Who cares?” from me, as I like to see cars that are used and not just another rich guy’s display piece.

Of course, that means the sport bucket seats are definitely in need of an upholstery job and the dash has some cracks in it. The carpets look surprisingly clean for a car that did daily driver duty. All of the M6 standard upgrades are here, from the aforementioned sport seats to the three-spoke steering wheel to the BBS wheels. While the car is far from perfect, the needs are fairly minor compared to a basketcase with no mechanical upkeep.

Seeing how clean the engine bay is while the rest of the car is dog-tired leaves me quite confident the last owner had his priorities right and simply piled on the miles in the California sun without a care about where it was parked or how many times it was waxed. The car was driven, and given the M6 seems to have a clean mechanical bill of health despite the beleaguered exterior seems to confirm those suspicions. This is one you can drive or restore and likely make some money on down the road.

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  1. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    I’ve been looking for an M for a long time now. You stick an M on the decklid and then dig deep in your pockets! Thankfully this dealer has the paper trail. And a 5 speed car. But, with that punch to the kidney and the over all condition, not to mention the 207687 miles. Not for me. Thanks for posting Jeff, nice to see a Bimmer here now and then.

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  2. Bob S

    I love the performance of M6, and have driven them in Europe, but as an everyday driver, I prefer my 635csi.
    Those M6 cars, are in my mind, the best combination of style and performance, but that is a lot of money for such a high mileage car. Best of luck to whoever buys it.

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  3. j liu

    A little tattered and torn but still a magnificent machine. Makes the new ones look sad. A friend had one in silver/red and it was beautiful. The only problem I recall was that it could not pass a gas station without stopping.:)

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    Can’t see meeting that asking price…but it is certainly ready for a el cheapo restomod. The mechanicals are solid. So…rip the hideous safety bumpers…fix the seats and the dash…freshen the paint…done. If you have any hair left…ask your stylist for a vintage Gordon Gekko ‘do.

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  5. Ike Onick

    I have officially been looking at BF too long! I actually recognize the background in the lead image. These folks had a Mitusbishi 3000GT posted here with the same building in the background on August 19th 2018. I think I need a new hobby!

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  6. Bruce

    The engine and trans are not the problem with these. RUST of the body is the big killer. If this is rust free than it is a steal at the price. These started to go up a few years ago and the trend is going no place but up as they become more and more rare.

    These are stunning cars in real life and are amazing cars to drive and ride in. The newer BMW have more gadgets but not as much class as this model and they will cost you 4 to 5 times more as well as lose value as soon as you drive them off the lot. Look close there is more here to like then you might expect if you do not look close.

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    • Bob S

      I completely agree.

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  7. Maestro1

    I agree with Bruce. I think somebody should buy this car at the lowest number possible, get a compression test, and if that’s good, get a timing chain replaced (if that has not already been done) and drive the car. They are elegant and give your image a big positive shove. What’s not to love?

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  8. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.

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