17k-mile 1977 BMW 633 CSi

The BMW E24 was the first 6-series. 86,216 examples were built between 1976-1989, before it was replaced by the better looking but more complicated and expensive E31.

Along with the E23, it earned the nickname "sharknose" for the forward leaning front end and narrow twin grille that mimicked animal nostrils. Sadly, BMW has since completely erased this memorable look from their entire lineup. It's a mistake, as it instantly identified their vehicles and set them apart from the crowd.

Legendary designer Paul Bracq penned the sleek shape and compact sheetmetal, moving the company forward while paying great respect to their past designs, as great designs should do. Note the thin pillars for plentiful greenhouse glass and superior visibility in and out.

This example is blessed with the slim European bumpers that transform the look and feel of the vehicle as it was meant to be. It does wear U.S. import side markers and jutting turn indicators, but those are minor gripes. The grey metallic flatters the shape even more.

Inside is one of BMW's best interiors, techno-business no-nonsense, with controls angled to the driver, pre-airbag three-spoke wheel, white-on-black gauges, and horizontal lines everywhere.

Underneath the hood is a 3.3-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that pumps out a healthy 194 horsepower to the rear wheels. The automatic transmission will turn off most buyers, but it's not a deal breaker.

The seller of this example says it has acquired just 17,400 miles and is in "impeccable" condition with an extensive history file. With mileage under 20k, this should really remain a sparingly used musuem peice, but it's tempting not to hit the road with it as a daily driver. Parts could be expensive, but it might be worth it. This is a classic motoring coupe from the 70s, and is an example of BMW near the height of their design and engineering powers.

Available here on ebay in Needham, Massachusetts for $22,800. For about the price of the average new American or Japanese econobox, you can have a classic German car that looks, handles and feels worlds better.

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