A legendary engine
Nearly 25,000 euros spent on restoration in 2016–2017
A remarkable example
While the ‘M’ saga began with the M1, developed specifically for motorsport, the first production model to take advantage of the expertise of BMW’s Motorsport department was the E24 635 CSi coupé. BMW’s 6 Series coupé was already much appreciated for its comfort, roomy interior and flexible, tuneful engines, as well as for its racy lines with a shark-like nose – penned by the French designer Paul Bracq – but it fell short on performance. The Motorsport department gave it a boost when it launched the M635 CSi at the end of 1984. This received the legendary 3.5-litre M88 six-cylinder engine from the M1, with a 24-valve aluminium head, producing 286bhp at 6500rpm and taking it from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds and on to a top speed of over 160mph. With only just over 3800 cars built (fitted with the M88 engine), over time the M635 CSi has become a true GT for the collector. Rarely found in perfect condition and with low mileage, this upcoming modern classic is a sound investment and has been steadily increasing in value over the past few years.
The M635 CSi we are presenting here was one of the first to leave the factory, as it was first registered on 30 November 1984. It is therefore a car from the first series equipped with the M88 engine from the M1. Originally supplied in Italy, this 6 Series remained in the country, in the Bergamo area, until 2016, when it was bought by a French collector for 29,000€. Once he had dealt with the administrative formalities and obtained a certificate of conformity from BMW France, its new owner set about some restoration work: the body was completely repainted and some parts changed, along with the filters and fluids. The total cost of this first phase amounted to just over 8000 euros. Pleased with the work that had been carried out, but keen to have an engine in as-new condition, in 2017 the collector embarked on a complete rebuild of the engine, gearbox and dashboard electronics. The clutch was replaced, as was the air-conditioning compressor. The total bill came to nearly 16,000 euros! With only 97,700 miles on the clock, this M635 CSi is a magnificent example. It has been carefully and sensitively restored, retaining its attractively patinated black leather upholstery. A sought-after modern classic and a true GT with remarkable performance for its day, you still have time to buy this model for a reasonable sum before prices for them shoot up once and for all.
This car will be sold by auction by AGUTTES Auction House, in Paris, France, on March the 21th, 2021.
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