The E24 6 series was produced from 1976-1989 and was the replacement for the CS and CSL E9 coupes. Like the E9 coupes, the early bodies of the 6 were manufactured by Karmann until production was moved in-house by BMW. It was the proven E12 5 series that provided the chassis and much of the mechanicals for the E24. Dubbed the ‘Bavarian Ferrari’ the 6 series was a high end two door luxury sports coupe. The 628 model was produced until 1987 and was a budget model for the European market. The 633 Csi featured the first generation of DME and ABS brakes were available as an option. The following year, the 635 CSi received the same DME as the 633 Csi.
The main update in 1982 was the entire reworking of the body which included a new front and rear end, which achieved a lighter and stronger vehicle. ABS brakes were now standard in all E24 models. A new 3430 cc engine was placed in the 635 CSi along with new engine management, DME II.
The 635 CSi on offer today is a March ’89 car and therefore part of the final run of cars in production. Presented in a deep Maroon colour with an ivory/grey interior, the pictures largely tell the story as to the condition of the car. Described as being in ‘A1 condition’ with only a few ‘very minor’ blemishes, the car was owned for the majority of its life by Lord Illingworth of Idstone. With bills in his ownership exceeding £11,000 the car has been kept in ‘show condition’. He added the favourable Alpina wheels along with a strut brace in the engine bay to sharpen the handling.
The car has an equally impressive history file with a fully stamped service history to the current mileage of 130,000. The rear seats are ‘as-new’ and the front seats show the style of patina that can be expected from a 30 year old car. An excellent car to drive, the sound from the flat six engine is hard to match. Meticulously looked after throughout its life, this 635 remains in excellent condition.