It probably was me that suggested in a previous post that July '86 was a significant month - 13 of the 20 Special Paint cars were recorded in that month, just over half of RHD production, suggesting an attempt was made to build a batch.
Thinking about this, it's more likely that the shells were already built and painted as a batch some time before.....perhaps BMW GB was working out a cost with BMW AG!
One was built in May 86 (out of 15 RHD cars) - one with Special Upholstery
Two in June 86 (out of 35 RHD cars)
Thirteen in July 86 (out of 25 RHD cars) - one with Special Upholstery
Two in September 86 (out of 24 RHD cars)
One in November 86 (the only RHD car completed that month)
One in November 87 (last RHD car, completed 2 months after previous RHD car)
No cars were built in August 86 - this would have been the factory summer shut-down.
The June cars were the last two of RHD production that month; the first July cars had Special paint. These 15 cars (2+13) span the VIN range 052-077.
One other GB car, in Malachite green rather than Special paint, was built in February 87 with Special Upholstery.
A couple of the July 86 builds were standard cars with no other options (other than usual GB spec) and Anthracite cloth trim, which suggests they may have been ordered for dealer or BMW GB stock, perhaps added to make up the numbers required to get the Special paint price down to a marketable level (wild guess).
In theory metallic paint was a no-cost option for a GB customer but I wonder if Special Paint commanded a premium against Net Landed Cost, which the dealer had to swallow?
It would be great to find someone who could add hard fact to this subject.....I would imagine that there were some fairly interesting things happening to top-flight 6 and 7 series cars, too, at this point.
Regards to all
I'm new here, I read this whole thread this past Sunday and it was very interesting. I own one of these cars... I think!!! At least that's what the gentelmen that runs the M-registry is telling me.
I own an 88 M6, U.S. car and, BTW I've been to BIGCoupe.com and told my story but nobody seemed to show any interest.
The story with my car is that it has a black highline leather interior, exterior is black also. Not including euro cars of course, the U.S. cars... imported in 87, 88, and 89 were not available with black leather, only in Canada and, that was only the halfline.
I was told by the gentelmen from the M-registry who had my build sheet run up with my vin#.... that approximatly 6 late in production 88's and 89's were built with the black highline Nappa leather. He says mine might be the only 88, and the rest being the 89's.
However, after speaking with him... later on I did find one other 88, I'm assuming original...4sale in the BMWCCA Roundel down in Tennessee. But that was the only one.
The M-registry was not able to tell me the reason why, special order or what?
He was not even aware of these interiors until I brought it to his attenion, and I think he Know's rare BMW's....He own's a one off colored Canadian E-34 540i, the one that's got the M-suspension and do-dads but not the motor... Canadian market only.
I realize this thread is old, but maybe this will spark some interest again and maybe somebody will have something to ad.
In the meantime I'm going to try to contact the M-registry,
becuase this thread got my interest going again.