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Owning A 6 Series BMW Has Been This Reader’s Life-Long Dream

By Petrolicious Productions
October 29, 2015
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Story and Photography by Tom Horna

I grew up in Poland, and I was interested in cars since I was a little boy. All of my friends were also “petrolheads”. Cars, motorsport events, and racing: that’s what we were about.

Poland was a communist country when I was growing up, and cars like BMW were a dream not just to own—but also to see one on the road. The difficulty of getting a premium car ended in 1989, when Poland became a democratic country and everyone started importing cars. Except me: as a teenager, I couldn’t afford a BMW, let alone BMW 635. In fact, I didn’t know anyone who could.

I found my way into BMWs after moving to UK in 2004. I got myself a job in BMW as a salesperson, and I loved it. But after a while, I got into classics, and the rest his history. I bought a 1602L some years ago, and wasn’t really looking to buy a 6 Series, until I found out that one of my newly-met friends had one. That was it: I saw it, asked if he wanted to sell it…now, I’m the proud owner of a lovely BMW 635 CSI Highline.

The 6 Series was my childhood favourite BMW. I used to watch a TV series, with the six being the main character’s car. I was blown away by its beauty, and wanted to have one since then. Now, it is my dream come true, and my go-to car for weekend drives.

You can follow Tom’s car adventures at @tomhorna and @autohouselondon on Instagram. 

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Pedro Ribeiro
Pedro Ribeiro
5 years ago

Been there. Done that. 😉

James Toal
James Toal
5 years ago

One of the most beautiful, elegant car designs of the 20th Century.

Brian Hart
Brian Hart
6 years ago

I had an E30 325is that was perfect but I sold it years ago for another project. I’ve always missed the beautiful 6 cylinder sound and the wonderful way 70’s and 80’s BMWs drove.

I purchased a 1987 M6 this fall and it’s brought back all the wonderful memories, just in the short drive home. It needs a but of service and, me being in Canada, I’ve got the long winter to sort the car out completely before spring.

Your car looks great and I hope to be as proud of mine as you are of yours.

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

Thank you all for the nice comments. I know that’s not everyones cup of tea but I do love this car. All the best all and #drivetastefully

Nicolas Astras
Nicolas Astras
6 years ago

These will appreciate, definitely. This classic Paul Bracq Shark Nose design is from a time when European designers were artists. Your car is art Tom, and that’s the most meaningful thing. Enjoy it in good health.

Celio Parcera
Celio Parcera
6 years ago

This [url=”http://www.coc-europe.com/coc-bmw”]BMW[/url] 6 Series is gorgeous! It’s getting really difficult to find on in mint condition like this one.
They sure should appreciate in value soon…

Hartley Hershenhorn
Hartley Hershenhorn
6 years ago

Your 6 looks sweet. I am the last original owner of an 88 M6 in Canada 131 were shipped between 87&88 There’s no confirmation, but supposedly 2 were shipped and titled as 89s. Almost 28 years and 160K kms i still get a rush driving the car. Your wheels look great but I’ve left my car stock. Enjoy your car, take it for a long drive late at night on the autobahn(I shipped mine to Europe for 7 wks).The sweet spot was 205km/hr unbelievable, truly an autobahn cruiser!
The shape is classic and only gets better with age

Paul Steel
Paul Steel
6 years ago

I too remember the 636 from moonlighting, great car, congrats. I see a similar 6 series around Birmingham occasionally.

Paul Steel
Paul Steel
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Steel

Typo.. 635

Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson
6 years ago

We lived in Warsaw in the early 90’s and as a car/motorcycle guy it was truly a dead zone as far as car spotting was concerned.
Glad to hear you got away and are now enjoying the BMW !!

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
6 years ago

I´m sure the TV series he´s talking about is “Moonlighting”, with Bruce Willys and Cybill Shepperd – I also saw the same series when I was a kid, and you just couldn´t avoid looking at the BMW 635 CSI Cybill´s character drove !

Congratulations on such a nice car!!

Riccardo
Riccardo
6 years ago

Lovely car in a great colour too, top story! (Shame about the wheels tough… a bit too “wide”, no?)

Ricky Shull
Ricky Shull
6 years ago
Reply to  Riccardo

I was actually going to say the opposite – I love the dimensions of the wheels on this Highline.

As an E24 owner I really liked this story! When I first saw one I knew that I had to have it. My friend owned one, and I constantly told him that I would gladly be the next caretaker for it. Eventually I purchased my 1987 635csi from him and have put over 12,000 fantastic miles on it.

Great story and photos!!

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss
6 years ago
Reply to  Ricky Shull

I agree… the deep dish on the wheels fits my eyes really well. Congrats on the beauty you’ve added to your life!

Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson
6 years ago

Congratulations on finally acquiring your dream car! It’s a beautiful machine. Fantastic photographs.