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Last week, Top Gear drove the brand new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe; a supremely elegant four-door coupe based on the Six that looks like a shark, “made to swim fast and far”, we surmised.

This got us thinking. If we trace the Six’s lineage back through history, we eventually end up with the most shark-like coupe BMW has ever built, one that was definitely fast: it’s the black, mint condition beauty you’re currently gawping at above. It is the BMW M635 CSI.

It was the first high performance coupe from BMW’s newly-formed M Division, built between 1984 and 1989, and was, essentially, the first BMW M6.

See more pics of the BMW M635 CSI for sale

Because of that, it received the heart from the M1 supercar: a 3.5-litre straight-six packing 286bhp and 251 torques, allowing for an as-new 0-62mph time of six seconds (around half a second off the pace of the new 640i Gran Coupe) and a top speed of 155mph.

And this one on offer from the knowledgeable chaps over at Munich Legends is an absolute corker: it has covered just 17,000 miles since it was registered. In fact, it boasts a fully-stamped service book, all MOT certificates, tax discs, receipts and a mountain of paperwork detailing its life. There is no rust. It’s had a mechanical overhaul. It’s been stored in a climate-controlled environment. It’s only been driven a few times a year. And, did we mention it’s got no rust?

Like the new 6 Series Gran Coupe, this M635 CSI is a proper four-seater and was built to dominate the autobahns and motorways and backroads of this world in utter elegance and quite a bit of powerrr. You want provenance? That straight-six came straight out of BMW’s first and only supercar.

At this point, we’re sensing a discord in the force. Your cerebrum is desperately thinking of ways to conjure up the £42,995 asking price. Shady ways. Dark ways. You might want to head this way for the link

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