Early series of Leica M6 Models in sequential year of produce 1988, 1994, 1996 as well as price variations -MIR Image Library

 


Leica M6, 1988
M6 production was probably being shifted from Wetzlar to Solm in 1988, Most of the camera basic features produced in the new location were identical to the 1986 models featured earlier. However, there may be a simple way to differentiate the two made location units. Generally, the Solms made M6 has the red logo roundel changed from Leitz to "Leica". Next simple identification is the missing engraving of "ERNST LEITZ WETZLAR GMbH" at the top plate. Instead, it has been relocated at the rear section, just under the film advance lever with simple "Leica camera GMBH, made in Germany". Despite the change of production facilities to Solms, Leica M6 sales have picked up again in 1988, with approx. 15% increase from the top sales recorded in 1986. Interesting enough, the chrome version during this period has gone up in production ratio to approx. 60/40, with black still top in number.
M6 chrome 1738451 ~1741450 3000 units; M6 black 1741451~1745450 4000 units;; M6 chrome 1755451~1758450 3000 units;; M6 black 1758451~1762450 4000 units;
This typical M6 in moderately used condition with a slight dent at the base plate as shown below has a reduction of its premium to approx. EURO 850-00* , perhaps if new, the premium should go higher than stated.

* NOTE;- Indicative price(s) herein is/are based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other renewed valuation methods.

Leica M6 black made in SOLMS, Germany, 1988


Top plate of a typical Leica M6 black made in SOLMS, Germany, 1988
rear view of a typical Leica M6 black made in SOLMS, Germany, 1988
Base plate of a Leica M6 black made in SOLMS, Germany, 1988


Leica M6 chrome w/larger characters used in its name, 1988

A slight variation found here. Not sure if this was an early attempt to make a change after move to SOLMS. The S/N 173877x falls within the early series of M6 chrome. It is in mint condition, the large M6 character used on the front with a matching chrome Summicron-M 1:2/50mm has helped to shoot the price to a good premium of EUR 1.788-00* (Hammer price incl. premium) by Leicashop® auction - almost double from the previously featured M6 black.

There were no accurate references why the series had this oddly configured bigger logo with no conventional LEICA name. But references had shown the LEICA M6 LHSA 1968~1988 BLACK body model fist had this similar configuration of no-name-bigger M6 logo design (the Chrome body of that LHSA has normal configuration).

Leica M6 chrome w/ matching Summmicron-M 1:2 f=50mm with a larger M6 character at the front.
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A rather rare Leica M6 0.72X black paint body with only M6 front engraving only i.e. No Leica name. It has a suggestive auction price of GBP1,300-00.

Rare Leica M6 Black Paint 0.72X finder with M6 engraving only
 

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M6 Black with one big logo Model, 1988 in original box

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