2nd Hand Spotlight: BMW 645ci
We have a bit of a ‘thing’ for the late 70’s BMW 6-Series. The sharknose styling, big glasshouse, sharp looks and big throaty 3.5 litre straight six engine all appeal massively. But when we were perusing the classified ads the good ones are going for around £6000 now, and when we scrolled down a little more we were shocked to find the newer 6-Series coming in at under £8000.
There are plenty to choose from, but on spec and condition we chose to focus on this 2004 645ci. Yes, it may have 120k miles but these cars are built like the preverbal brick outhouses and if serviced properly (as this one has been) they will go on to double that mileage with ease. This example certainly wears its miles well, with a deep shine to the black paint and the gorgeous 19-inch alloys look fantastic.
Of course a big GT like this is centred around the engine, thankfully the 645ci delivers with the big 4.4 litre V8 producing 333 bhp and 332 lb/ft of torque. This is good enough for 0 – 62 mph in 5.8 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph. Those who have had their cars delimited claim a 180+ mph top speed is possible.
Inside the 6er is a luxurious continent crossing GT par excellence, with lots of sumptuous blood red leather adorning most of the contact points and some nice dark wood trim. This really is the kind of car you could jump into, drive to the south of France and feel like you’ve just popped to the shops.
And how much do you have to pay for this slice of German engineering? £7750. Yes, that’s under £8k for a car that cost over £60,000 just 8 years ago. That’s also £2000 less than a base Ford Fiesta Studio – okay it’s going to cost a bit more to run than the Fiesta, but you’ll be in a different league of style.
Now, we’re off to try and find £7750 down the back of the sofa…
Images courtesy of Auto Trader