The BMW 6 Series E24, whilst early models may not have warranted the rather zealous tag of ‘Bavarian Ferrari’ it certainly was another success story from the pen of Paul Bracq; a stylish long-lived Coupe that appealed across the globe from 1976-89. Its desirability was universal but usually acquired by those higher up the pay grade, a luxury grand tourer that attracted the likes of Mr Bond, the first one aka Sean Connery. Commuted by CEO’s, purchased by politicians and raced by royalty, Prince Leopold of Bavaria piloted one in the Australian Touring Car Series, and it was on the worlds circuits the 635 really shone. Graceful lines with a sharks’ nose attracted big money sponsors and race wins, who could forget those John Player Special or Jägermeister liveries. Whilst the sporting elegance was retained throughout its long production run, updates were regular in areas such as economy, chassis and emissions. Once the final 635CSi arrived in the late 80s the pinnacle had been achieved with a performance and handling package that made this BMW the card to have in a game of top trumps.
Country Classic Cars are thrilled to offer this stunning BMW 635CSi E24 Highline with the rare five speed manual transmission; register October 1988 the milometer shows 140,644 travelled. We look to carry out a full inspection looking to rectify known mechanical issues prior to sale and present this BMW on behalf of the current owner. We pride ourselves on offering an honest ‘warts and all’ appraisal of every vehicle we offer for sale, this avoids buyer disappointment often resulting from a lack of detail within sales adverts.
Finished in Lachs Silver Metallic, sporting Shadowline exterior trim, chrome free impact bumpers with window/screen trims blacked. Door and panel gaps are exact with bright largely unblemished paint finish. The closest inspection did reveal a stone chip n/s front of the nose which has been touched in also similar mark on the o/s exterior mirror. Small spot base of passenger door plus a light scratch on the underside of the rear bumper (can only be viewed from underside) and the front bumper cover has been caught causing light mark on the n/s, this has also been touched in. The underside enjoys a light even coat of protection with areas such as sill panels and floor pans corrosion free and presents well. Unmarked 17-inch AC Schnitzer alloys impress sitting on recent Contisport rubber and combined with arrow straight panels and unfussy trim this coupe looks quick standing still and doesn’t just draw the eye but grabs your attention.
Interior to Highline spec includes hand stitched Nappa leather on every surface including seats, door panels, glovebox, roof lining, sun visors, door pillars and dashboard and in this example belies 30 plus years of use. Carpets also offer minimal evidence of foot traffic having been protected by factory over mats from new. Many hours can be spent in this cabin just trying out the equipment; electric seats alone are multi-adjustable with memory and there is air con, trip computer, cruise control, electric windows, mirrors and sunroof plus central locking, alarm and the original Blaupunkt Toronto SQR48 radio cassette unit. Overall, it is difficult to fault this interior, obviously cared for throughout its life and presents to show standard today.
On the road the ride is firm but not harsh with steering that offers impressive feedback, the driving experience feels connected minus any wear in the system. The five-speed gearbox is a joy, slick and precise with clutch bite at just under half travel, we were surprised to find out just 57 Highlines were produced in manual form. Performance is guaranteed as this model CSI benefited from the higher compression M30 (B35) engine with larger valves plus the later version of Bosch’s Motronic Injection. Consequently, 217bhp is available at 5700rpm with a lusty 229 ft lbs of torque at 4000rpm; that means 60mph arrives in 7.5 seconds with a terminal velocity of 135mph. Brakes are superb (with abs) with discs that offer minimal wear and appear almost new and if the in-car audio is not to your liking a full-length stainless exhaust makes its presence known, offering some ‘straight six’ music without annoying the neighbours.
The history file is extensive although does have some gaps. This is a two-owner car, the first custodian took delivery from Cronks BMW in Redhill in 1988. A letter in the file explains the service book was mislaid by Munich Legends dealers in the mid-2000s but all services were carried out, as per schedule by main dealer or BMW specialist. Invoices from 2005-07 from specialist Munich Legends total some £12k, mainly restoration/body improvements including new wings. October 2011 at 135,709 miles further invoices from BMW specialists OSC Motorsport in Rugby total a further £8k for an engine rebuild/upgrade with high-performance camshaft. A fresh sunroof motor was fitted in 2013 with a replacement fuel pump and sender unit installed in 2015. The following year front calipers, discs and pads were replaced with new lower arms and fuel pipes with the rear brakes improved in 2020. The file also contains bills for smaller service items plus MOT history from 2006 with the current ticket running to June 2022. Country Classic Cars will carry out a lubrication service and check for any issues prior to sale completion.
This 635CSi is one of the best we have assessed and therefore is expected to attract a lot of attention; to avoid disappointment early contact is recommended. For additional information please message with your email address for multiple detailed images and walk-round video; we will forward the file via ‘We Transfer’ a free to use and safe service or Whats Ap. Country Classic Cars operate by appointment only and within current Government guidelines and whilst inspections are encouraged, please bear in mind the changing situation especially with regards to test drives.
- Air Conditioning
- Alarm System
- Cruise Control
- Direct Fuel Injection
- Electric Windows
- Floor Mats
- Leather Package
- Manual Transmission
- Power Steering
- Seat Heating
BMW 635 CSi (man. 5) in 1988, the model with 2-door notchback coupe body and Line-6 3430 cm3 / 209.3 cui engine size, 162 kW / 220 PS / 217 hp (DIN) of power, 315 Nm / 232 lb-ft of torque, 5-speed manual powertrain for Europe .
estimation: this BMW would accelerate 0-60 mph in 6.4 sec, 0-100 km/h in 6.8 sec, 0-200 km/h in 36.1 sec and quarter mile time is 14.8 sec.