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1982 BMW 633CSi

In a world of $40,000 E30 M3s and $20,000 E28 M5s, where is one to turn when it comes to vintage BMWs that offer affordable thrills. One car to scope out is the E24 6 series coupe. This car is a bit of a curiosity, as they are well loved and praised for their shark nosed styling, yet prices have yet to skyrocket. Is it only a matter of time? This 633CSi for sale in Arizona is a two owner car with the 5-speed manual gearbox.

Year: 1982
Model: 633CSi
Engine: 3.3 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 105,300 mi
Price: $9,800 Buy It Now

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In Spring of 1977 BMW introduced a replacement for the aging 3.0CS and 3.0S models. The introduction of the all new E24 chassis 6-Series and 7-Series models marked a turning point for the company. A very contemporary and handsome styled Coupe’ and Sedan were offered to the public which was more in line with offerings from Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. The 6-Series was a handsome business man’s Coupe’ and was offered in automatic or manual transmission mated to a very strong and reliable 6-cylinder BMW built engine. By 1980 the engine management saw improvements to the heating and the overall running of the system, it was more efficient and more powerful now offering 194hp. By the 1980’s, cars became more about consumer comforts and ease of driving and the 6-Series became more of a GT car as opposed to a sports car. Most of the 6-Series of the 1980’s had automatic transmission leaving the 5-Speed a very rare and desirable option for the 6-Series enthusiast.

European Motor Studio is very proud to offer this exceptional 2 owner Lapis Blue over Parchment leather 1982 BMW 633CSi 5-Speed Coupe’. The 633CSi left the BMW factory in November of 1981 and was then invoiced to BMW North America. The car was then sent to Don Rasmussen CO. BMW of Portland Oregon where it sold to its first owner. The car was taken to Carmel Valley California where it lived most of its life until coming to Southern California sometime in the late 90’s where it lived under the second owners care until European Motor Studio acquired the car. The car has traveled only 105,300 original miles and is in completely original untouched condition. The beautiful Lapis Blue paint (code 173) is all original and in superb condition, showing very few tiny stone chips in the front. There is one spot on the back trunk lid (pictured) that is scratched and has been touched up with BMW touch up paint.

The interior is finished with its original Parchment leather interior (code 0110) and shows almost no wear. There are a couple tiny stress cracks in the driver’s seat but there are no creases or tears of any kind. The original dash board is still intact, soft and pliable showing no signs of age. All of the carpets are completely original and stain free. The original BMW floor mats are in excellent shape and show no signs of age. All of the switchgear, chrome and trim pieces are all in outstanding condition showing no signs of wear. Only other place that shows some age are the rear humps behind each headrest in the back seat shows some discolration. All of the exterior trim pieces are intact and still in beautiful condition. The rubber bumpers are still nice and pliable and are not all dried out like most have when they are exposed to the sun. All of the black trim surrounds on all of the glass are still finished in their original matte black finish and are not all faded like most have over the years. The only thing that does show some issues is the rear chrome finish on the bumper. Some pitting on the chrome had developed but it still looks presentable. All of the glass is original, clear and crack and pit free. The original BMW radio is still intact and working as it should along with its correct factory antenna which still operates. All of the electrical equipment on the car are still operating as designed including the windows, power door locks, power sunroof, headlights, taillights, dash lights, exterior lights, headlights, turn signals, reverse lights, brake lights and even the boot and bonnet lights are still operating.

The only thing I have noticed that sticks is the gas gauge; it is sporadic in its reading. The AC is in proper working order and working on all of the fan speeds. The heater is in good working condition and still heats the car on the different fan speeds. This beautiful 6-Series runs and drives as good as it looks. The car starts right up and idles very smooth and is free from any smoking. The engine is very strong and runs exceptionally well, there are no issues with acceleration or overheating. The transmission feels very solid, it runs through all of the gears with ease and the clutch pedal feels very tight and solid with no slipping. BMW’s world renowned fine tuned suspension is all original and in superb condition. There are no rattles or thumping when the car is in motion. The steering is still tight and precise and free from any vibrations or drifting. The original BMW wheels are still on the car and the tires are the correct size. The tread is still excellent and the tires are free from dry rot or cracking but I do believe they are older tires.

All of the original owners manuals are present with the car including the dealer and warranty books, the service book is all stamped by the BMW dealership with all of its services. Two original BMW keys are present with the car, the original BMW tool kit is present and complete in the trunk along with the original spare tire. Inside the glove box the original BMW flashlight is still present in its proper charging station. The body is completely laser straight and rust free. This BMW has been meticulously maintained to a very high standard and has just undergone a full engine tune up including, plugs, wires, injectors, fuel lines, radiator lines, a mass airflow sensor, an engine speed sensor, and a full oil service. The car runs and drives superb and has never been involved in an accident and comes with a clear title. If you are looking for a no excuse, well maintained rust free California BMW 633CSi this is it. Especially in this beautiful and rare color combination mated to the even more rare 5-speed manual transmission. These older generation 6-Series have become increasingly hard to find in this kind of condition and are very desirable for the BMW enthusiast.

Please call or email if you have any questions on this exceptional 1982 BMW 633CSi 5-speed Coupe’. 480-310-8814

I tend to prefer the later E24 coupes, especially the ’88 and ’89 635CSi models, but in dark blue, this early 6er has me rethinking that. The simpler details of the earlier model work well with this darker hue. The asking price in this case is fairly reasonable, considering the later 635s and M6s will cost considerable more. Sure, the earlier cars aren’t as feature laden as the later E24s nor as graceful as its predecessor, the 3.0CS, but for some enthusiasts, this package is just right.



  1. DeaconBlues
    DeaconBlues November 1, 2013

    Beautifully preserved E24 – Lapis blue is the perfect match for that car. If only it were an ’83, with the much-improved E28 platform and without the malaise-era speedometer. Still, it’s a very alluring shark.

  2. David
    David November 1, 2013

    Something doesn’t make sense. The ad says all service has been performed, yet it also says that the suspension is all original? There is no way that a 33 y/o car with 105k miles should still have the original suspension. At the very least, the bushings, shocks, springs, etc. should have been replaced a while ago (and maybe more than once). And it seems that the tires are due for a replacement too.

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