1986 BMW E24 635CSI – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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BMW E24 635CSI BMW E24 635CSI

Aussie-delivered example with service history and 143,000kms

For years, prices for tidy E24 six-series coupes seemed rather undervalued for the desirable piece of Bavarian metal you were getting – but they’ve come into their own over the past few years, and are increasinbly finding themselves at the centre of BMW collector interest.

The Paul Bracq designed (also responsible for the Pagoda roof Benz) silhouette is arguably the best execution of BMW’s ‘sharknose’ design language. First released in 1976, they were initially assembled by Karmann before BMW took up assembly in-house. Those early Karmann-produced cars are now a collectible rarity, and can be identified by a build plate in the left door frame.

The E24 was powered by either 2.8lt, 3.0lt or 3.5lt inline-sixes; and  most were specified with four-speed autos, though rare manual examples do exist; with four-speeds available in early cars, then later with both dogleg and conventional five-speed manuals.

The ultimate expression of this series was the M6, with the 24-valve engine lifted from the M1 supercar; but for most of us – the 635CSI is the highest-spec available. It even had some local motorsport provenance, piloted by Jim Richards to the top of the Touring Car Championship in 1985.

This handsome dark blue-over-cream leather example is an Australian-delivered automatic 635CSI; complimented by full books and service history, and an original 143,200kms travelled since new.

It’s reportedly in excellent condition both outside and in. All one might need to do is track down some period-correct wheels, and you’d have yourself an incredibly handsome and useable classic!

The car is based in Melbourne and is listed for $36,950.

Check out the full listing here!


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