Why isn’t anyone driving this 1980s BMW 6 Series M Package?

6-series | October 1st, 2014 by 4
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On Jalopnik’s The Abandoned series we’re looking today at a beautiful 1980 BMW E24 6 Series with an M Package which seems to have been …

On Jalopnik’s The Abandoned series we’re looking today at a beautiful 1980 BMW E24 6 Series with an M Package which seems to have been abandoned or have not moved in a very long time by its owner.

The car was spotted near Tokyo, Japan.

The person who spotted the car says the following:

“It hasn’t moved since May. It has no registration stickers at all. It probably hasn’t been driven in years. In fact, there’s never really any other cars in the lot in which it resides, so it must be getting awfully lonely (I know, I know, anthropomorphising machines). And it seems like it would be fun to drive.”

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Even more odd is the fact that the car is a left-hand drive which points out to an import car versus a right-hand drive 6 Series built for Japan.

The BMW 6 Series is known as a BMW luxury car -and this is where it all begun. Have a look at the first generation, together with a BMW designer who belonged to the development team.

The E24 was a replacement for the CS and CSL coupés first produced in 1965. The CS 3.0 was almost changed by adding a few centimeters in height to make it easier for customers to get into the car. However, Bob Lutz rebelled against the decision and rough drafted an alternative version that soon became the 6 series. Production started in March 1976 with two models: the 630CS and 633CSi. Originally the bodies were manufactured by Karmann, but production was later taken in-house to BMW.

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In 1982 (Europe) and 1983 (US), the E24 changed slightly in appearance, with an improved interior and slightly modified exterior. At the same time, the 635CSi received a new engine, a slightly smaller-bored and longer-stroked 3430 cc six to replace the former 3453 cc engine and became available with a wide-ratio 5-speed manual or an automatic.

This slight change in 1982 (Europe) was in fact a major change as pre-1982 cars were based on the E12 5-series chassis; after mid-1982, e24s shared the improved E28 5-series chassis. The only parts that remained the same were some of the exterior body panels.

989 was the last year for the E24 with production stopping in April.

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