After Shed pulled off another monumental coup last week - serving up a road legal BMW 6-Series for under a grand, chatter in the office hit fever pitch. Just where would Shed's money take him if he loosened the purse strings, or (perish the thought) cashed-in some of those premium bonds bequeathed by his dearly departed grandmother for a university education. (May she rest in peace, etc.)
But the older E24 is a perfectly acceptable place to start our 6-series adventure, and a quick pat down reveals it to be in possession of BMW's trademark shark nose, twin headlights and an imposing kidney grill.
this Highline seems the perfect choice, sporting leather everywhere, 'leccy seats and chrome-less bumpers. For Panda money, this far more noble beast looks like a genuine steal to us. Frankly, it appears in such perfect condition we were struggling for a reason to spend more...
At least until we saw this M635 CSi. Featuring the same engine that propelled BMW's one and only true super car - the M1 - and a manual 'box, this has to be the driver's choice. And, a sensible one at that, as with only 72,000 miles the advert reads like the perfect school report, although the extra 70bhp (over the standard 635CSi) points to a tendency toward anti-social misbehaviour. (Or perhaps that's just us.)
like this example. The miles may by high, but the spec looks about right, and the 4.4 V8's 329bhp and lazy low-down torque, leaves us scratching our heads at the £15K asking pricing - it cost £60K+ new, a saving which even Shed's parsimonious granny would have struggled to better.
For the frugal amongst you, dare we say, (and we don't often...) the diesels are well worth a mention, too? The 635d in particular, blends power (282bhp) with frugality (near 40mpg) and a range that must make it one of the quickest ways to fraternise with our continental cousins.
the current PH flagship - the drool-inducing M6. Ours came spec'ed to the gunnels (but of course) and cost over £90K as a result. A trifle excessive some may say, but a run-in with Shed's old mate depreciation soon brings opportunities for all.
So, as an opening gambit, how does £25k grab you? Sure, musts like sat-nav aren't mentioned in this example, but the £65k saving should cover the bill for a new Tom-Tom. Meanwhile, 200mph potential, the last of the M naturally aspirated engines, a dusting of carbon fibre, and all the practicality that come with any other 6, makes this heavy-weight hard to ignore.