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

Petrolicious Productions 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

Been there. Done that. 😉

James Toal
James Toal

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

Brian Hart
Brian Hart

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

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

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

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

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

Steely
Steely

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

Steely
Steely

Typo.. 635

Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson

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

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

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

Ricky Shull
Ricky Shull

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

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

RR Mike
RR Mike

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