Recently I looked at the one-year only BMW 630CSi. With only 17,000 miles on the odometer and in period correct Reseda Green with slightly updated BBS Mahle wheels, it looked like a great example. Unfortunately, it had three strikes against it; the photography and presentation wasn’t outstanding for the mileage, it was an automatic and the asking price was a steep $20,000.
630s are infrequently seen in today’s market, so it was with some surprise that another 1977 popped up for sale in such short order. This time in Rubinrot Metallic and wearing again updated BBS Mahle wheels with a more aggressive fitment, this E24 is a no reserve auction and, importantly, a 5-speed manual. Is this the one to get?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 BMW 630CSi on eBay
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 92,643 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction
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3.0 LITER M30 FUEL INJECTED ENGINE
ALL ORIGINAL WELL KEPT EXAMPLE
FIRST YEAR INTRODUCTION TO U.S MARKET
4 WHEEL DISC BRAKES
DINAN RACING SUSPENSION
BAVARIAN SHORT SHIFTER
NEW FUEL PUMP
NEW IGNITION COIL
ORIGINAL TOOL SET
ALL THE FACTORY STICKERS ARE INTACT
SOLD AT BARRETT JACKSON IN 1998
TRUE COLLECTIBLE BMW
POWER WINDOWS DO NOT WORK
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There are a few things that stood out in this auction to me. First was the claim of “all original”. Well, not so fast – obviously the wheels have been changed out, as too has the exhaust. It then further states that the “HARMANN” bodied car (ahem…Karmann, seller) has Dinan racing suspension and a short-shift kit. The story gets more interesting as you dig a bit deeper; indeed, as the listing mentions and shows through some paraphernalia, the car went through the Barrett-Jackson auction in 2002.
There, it sold for $11,000. Though the Dinan suspension is listed, the ride height is notably different. Also of interest is that in the BJ listing, it is disclosed that the car is a respray. I felt there was evidence of that in the listing photos, as especially down the sides there appears to be more than factory levels of orange peel. Nevertheless, the car appears great and the bidding is much lower than where the car sold for in 2002. So what gives? Well, further digging reveals something that may be associated with the non-functional windows, unfortunately.
In May of 2017, this car was sold at salvage through the Copart system. I don’t have a log in so can’t see what it sold for, but it did come from Houston, TX it would appear. Well, two years ago in Houston, Texas, there was major flooding.
Was this car involved in that flooding? That there are non-functional electrics might seem to indicate there’s a large problem which sent it to salvage; otherwise, why would a functional and great condition BMW that had previously been through a high-profile auction house be dumped? The replacement fuel pump and ignition bits may back that up as well. The current seller makes no mention of the salvage sale obviously, and the Florida location doesn’t surprise me awfully much since that seems to be one of the states it’s easiest to get a clean title in. On top of that, the seller is charging what I’d consider an outrageous dealer fee of $595 – by far, the highest I think I’ve seen on eBay, and currently more than 10% on top of the purchase price.
With little to explain what occurred between 2002 and 2015, this looks very much like a case of caveat emptor, as nice as this 630CSi seems to be on the surface.