There is certainly no shortage of classic BMW sedans in self-service junkyards. E30s, E34s, E28s and even E21s are a common sight. Most of them have been gradually drive into the ground by a number of owners and they show up at the junkyard gates in absolutely terrible shape.
Classic BMW coupes are a different story. Because they hold their value relatively well, they tend to escape the junkyard and even the rough and worn-out ones end their lives either in enthusiasts’ driveways as parts cars or, occasionally, as purpose-built track cars.
With that in mind, we were a little surprised to find a 635CSi in a Utah self-service junkyard last fall. The 635 was remarkably rust-free but dead leaves and pine needles between the body panels tell us that it spent a considerable amount of time sitting before finally being toward away to the junkyard. All signs point to a car that was parked following a mechanical failure.
The 635CSi was complete when it showed up on the lot but it quickly suffered the same fate as 95 percent of the classic BMWs that we come across in junkyards: its trunk was pried open by someone after whatever wrenches and screw drivers were left in the original tool kit.