Things to Come: 1986 BMW 635CSi
It's been over a year since I started looking for the right car. Although my interests may have swayed to faster routes like turbocharged Subarus and E36 M3s, and through various types of BMWs, it was one car - one shape - always drew me back.
The E24 635CSi came at the right point for the right company. Following the legendarily beautiful E9 and powered by some of the hardiest engines of the 1980s, BMW's first 6-series was a testament to power, grace, and durability. Hampered as it may have been in this country by the 5mph impact bumpers, the 6-series remains a beloved vehicle by enthusiasts.
In my months-long search for the right car, which swayed from turbocharged Subarus, E36 M3s, and a range of other BMWs, and back toward older Datsuns, it was these qualities that brought me back, time and time again, to the shark-nosed Sixer. When I finally found this car, a 1986 635CSi finished in Arktikblau and fitted with the all-important 5-speed manual, it suddenly became worth the 1200-mile round-trip journey to West Virginia to pick up the car and return it to Vermont.
The car, perhaps unsurprisingly given its status as a GT, performed incredibly, and although there were a few minor hiccups along the way (the clutch ceased to disengage after a couple hours on the road, a result of a mis-sized slave cylinder), the car was ready for its first video. So please check out the film, and look forward to more in the coming weeks as car show season begins.