When most enthusiasts think of the old 6 Series, they think of the iconic BMW M6, which has a silken inline-six, five-speed manual and stunning looks. However, the M6s can cost many enthusiasts out of budget. If you prefer a more budget-oriented classic and still want a 6 Series, this 1989 BMW 635CSi Bring-in-Trailer may be the car for you, but there’s a catch – it’s automatic.
There is nothing inherently wrong with an automatic transmission. Automators are good for the most part but, especially with older cars, they can often interfere with the driving experience. The 80s automatic didn’t move quickly, or they weren’t particularly responsive to paddle kick-down. A modern ZF eight-speed works so well, it will make you forget your desire for the third paddle. That won’t be the case in the old 6er. Compared to modern auto, this auto will have subpart shift logic, slow shift time and lazy response time.
However, the rest of the car is beautiful and, more importantly, affordable. At the time of writing, there are only three hours left in the auction, so you need to act fast, but the current bid is only $ 7,000. And if you’re reading this after the auction, at least it’ll give you an idea of how much an Auto 635CSi will cost you, if the two paddles are right with you.
More importantly, the car is in good condition and has undergone several recent maintenance including a valve adjustment. Being a late-model car, it has some nice features that didn’t come in previous BMW 635CSi models. For example, it has Euro bumpers instead of the awesome American accordion bumpers, has leather added inside, and has a 3.5-liter inline-six high-output version that pumps 208 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. Four-speed auto performance will dull but at least it will be a comfortable cruiser.
For anyone looking for a big, comfortable, great looking, classic GT car, this BMW 635CSi might be right for you. It has an outstanding engine, stunning looks, plays a great color combo (black above the beige) and it seems to be in great condition. If you can live automatically, this car will provide thousands of grand touring miles over the years to come.