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Ed Lyerly
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Introducing Merlot

Post by Ed Lyerly » Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:22 am

Hello BigCoupe.com friends. Today I would like to introduce Merlot, my new to me 1985 M635. She is Burgunrot metallic (199) with a special order (9990) white leather interior. She is my second M635 and is the result of sellers remorse after selling my 1st M635 that her original owner named Crystal. You can see her details and history here by searching "Introducing Crystal" in this Gallery forum.
I was taken by her unusual color combination when she was advertised for sale in the BMW Club "Roundel" magazine back in 2016. Unfortunately, I was late to the bidding and missed my chance then. I did talk with the buyer then and due to some recent changes in his situation .... we agreed on a recent purchase which brought Merlot from New Mexico to North Carolina. I'm looking at Merlot as a "keeper" .... and long time project ....and plan to make incremental changes an improvements over time. OK ..... so here she is:
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1985 M635 #1998 (gone but not forgotten)
1994 850CSi (also gone but not forgotten)
1985 M635 #589

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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by clipper47 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:36 am

She is a stunning beauty!
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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by ozbmwnut » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:49 am

Wow... Just wow.
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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by jps635 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:51 am

Thats amazing, and the garage
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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by Ed Lyerly » Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:41 pm

Thanks for the kind words about Merlot. Her unusual color combo is really what drew me to her. She is really a "10 footer" with many small imperfections that I hope to mostly correct over time without making a trailer queen out of her :)
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1985 M635 #1998 (gone but not forgotten)
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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by brickwhite » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:23 pm

I'll fix the images....

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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by GRNSHRK » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:17 pm

Oh my, stunning is right =D>

Wow, think I'd be covering those seats =P~

Nice find Ed, surely we need to hear more about this absolute beauty [-o<
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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by G03rt2 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:13 am

That is a beautiful car. The paint, the interior, the wheels. It's all perfect. The stable isn't half bad either lol

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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by baders » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:47 am

Beautiful car with beautiful colour combination Ed. Nice pick up indeed. Is that a bulkhead mounted subwoofer I'm seeing there ?
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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by Ed Lyerly » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:29 pm

GRNSHRK wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:17 pm
Oh my, stunning is right =D>

Wow, think I'd be covering those seats =P~

Nice find Ed, surely we need to hear more about this absolute beauty [-o<
Thank you Bobbo. The car has an interesting history. It was originally ordered by Prestige Imports in Kenner, LA. It was brought in to the port at LA/SF in December of '84 and federalized (as it is a euro "gray market" car) by G&K Automotive in Santa Ana, CA. The car was then driven from there to Prestige Imports in LA. Unfortunately, in route it was involved in an accident in Texas which caused damage to the front end. Prestige Imports sold the damaged car to Hood Motors in LA who resold it to Classic Auto in Tupelo, MS. Classic repaired the car and the owner of Classic Auto drove it as his personal car until it was sold in 10/88 on the 1st title with 3800 miles on the odometer. The new owner had the car shipped to WA and put approximately 60K miles on the car in his 28 year ownership. It changed hands again in 2016 and was relocated to New Mexico where the new owner enjoyed it until some health issues motivated him to sell the car to me. I had also been talking with the 28 year owner about purchasing the car back in 2016, but the New Mexico buyer got there first. I got the New Mexico buyers contact info and stayed in touch with him ..... so he knew he had a buyer for the car if he ever wanted to sell it. When that option was offered, I was 1st in line this time :D

PS ..... I do have a slip on cover for the driver seat, which helps a lot.
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1985 M635 #1998 (gone but not forgotten)
1994 850CSi (also gone but not forgotten)
1985 M635 #589

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Re: Introducing Merlot

Post by Ed Lyerly » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:33 pm

baders wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:47 am
Beautiful car with beautiful colour combination Ed. Nice pick up indeed. Is that a bulkhead mounted subwoofer I'm seeing there ?
Thank you ! Keen eye picking up the subwoffer :)
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1985 M635 #1998 (gone but not forgotten)
1994 850CSi (also gone but not forgotten)
1985 M635 #589

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