1988 BMW 635 CSi - today's Euro tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

Big Euro GT is becoming collectible

1988 BMW 635 CSi - today's Euro tempter
This big German coupe is a Paul Bracq design.

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It's taken years longer than we would have predicted, but prices on these 1976 to 1989 BMW E24 series coupes are starting to lift. So, if you've ever wanted one, we suspect now is a good time to act.

The Paul Bracq design (he also did the Pagoda roof Benzes) is a stand out, though not as delicate as the 3.0CS predecessor.

E24 began assembly in 1976 in the Karmann body works but production was soon shifted to BMW. The early examples will have a build plate in the left door frame - if it's not there, it's not a Karmann car.

Engine capacity was 2.8, 3.0, 3.3 and 3.5lt. A four-speed auto is the most common transmission, while manuals are relatively rare. Over the life of the series you could get a four-speed manual (very early cars only), a five speed dog-leg or a five-speed normal pattern.

These cars have a good local history, having won a touring car championship in the hands of Jim Richards.

The series underwent a major make-over in 1980, which saw pretty much everything but the shape  reworked. This is significant for owners of older cars, who will find very few parts change over.

Power was strong rather than specatular: around 200hp for the 3.3 and 220 for the 3.5. Of course they're the two valve motors.

BMW also built an M6 version with a four-valve M1 motor, which made more like 260hp. Prices on those cars have firmed up significantly in the last few years.

What you see here is a 1988 635 auto that overall seems to present well and is located in Qld. It's priced at $17,950.



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