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1984 BMW M635CSi

When it comes to rare 1980s BMWs, the M635CSi is not the rarest but it’s one that always makes me dream. There’s a look that the European-spec E24s had that just is somehow much better than the U.S. spec cars to me. They look lighter, more lithe and aggressive. It certainly helps that under the hood lies the original Motorsport GmbH engine too; unencumbered by catalysts, the M88/3 gives you the M1 experience in a much more affordable package. Lighter weight, more power, better looks – what’s not to love with the M635CSi? And this car has the double trifecta too; the above attributes coupled with one-owner history, a unique color and low miles. Put that together with some great photographs and it makes one compelling package:


Year: 1984
Model: M635CSi
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,569 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

We proudly offer this beautiful, rare, 1-Owner 1984 BMW M635CSi M6 Euro Model in Bronzit Metallic (139) over a Nutria Leather (0157) interior with only 30,569 original miles! The Eurospec E24 M6 / M635CSi features a cat-less free-flow exhaust including factory headers, slimmer bumpers, aggressive front air dam, and a modified version of the M88/1 motor as found in the iconic M1 supercar. This M6 is powered by a 289hp Inline 6 engine through the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual Getrag gearbox. Original equipment on this M6 included headlight washer/wipers, power sunroof, AC (now converted to R134), BMW car alarm, BMW Road Safety/Halon Fire Extinguisher/Toolkit, Recaro front seats, and rear headrests.

This Euro 1984 BMW M6 was built in September 1984 and imported by our own Gary Seale (then, of C&S X-Otica Inc.) in Dallas, TX. It was then driven for just 2,819 miles as the dealership principal’s demo before being sold in June 1985 to it’s one and only owner in Dallas. It was always garage kept and meticulously maintained by this owner. This is evident by the superb exterior finish and incredible, original interior. To fit our modern tire sizes a set of updated 17×8/17×9 inch BBS RC035/RC038 modular Cross Spoke alloy wheels were mounted with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. This Euro M6 not only looks killer with its slim euro chrome bumpers rarely seen in the U.S., larger air dam, and aero side skirts, but it runs and sounds just as great!

This is a very rare opportunity to own such a unique and beautiful Euro M6 with an amazing story and incredible, single ownership with just 30k original miles! Call us today before it’s gone!

Located at 20440 I-45 North on the north side of Houston, we are the exotic car division of North Freeway Hyundai, a part of the Potamkin Auto Group comprised of 18 factory authorized brands around the country including Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, Maserati, Pagani, and others. Gary Seale, Matt Blevins, and Randy McCall together have nearly 80 years of exotic and vintage automobile experience. We offer available financing and can also help arrange enclosed transportation anywhere in the world. For further information on this vehicle, please don’t hesitate to call or email!

Randy McCall – cell: 417-861-4873, office: 832-446-4056

Matt Blevins – cell: 713-922-8432, office: 832-446-4055

Gary Seale – cell: 214-675-1665, office: 832-446-4054

It’s not often that we get to see the original purchaser and importer of one of the grey market cars from the 1980s still involved with the conversation, but if you want the story right from the horse’s mouth there’s his number! It adds some weight to the story and makes this car even more appealing. It would be nice to have all the records outlined but it certainly seems like the car was maintained – the condition alone of both the exterior and interior are incredible. Perhaps the only downside to lower mileage on the M88/S38 motor is that they don’t like to sit for long periods of time, so it would be nice to see how the 1,000 miles a year were spent and if there were any long times where the car was laid up. The color combination is unusual for a M but looks quite pleasant and in incredible shape; the BBS wheels are well matched and not oversized too. If there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s the color matched grill – but honestly, that should be a reasonably cheap and easy problem to rectify. It’s no surprise that bidding has been aggressive on this M635CSi and the price is just about to crest $20,000. However, compared to what that buys you in the E30 world, these E24s are seriously undervalued and very cool cars. While yesterday’s M5 looked quite nice overall, I much prefer the originality, story and presentation of this car. This one certainly looks like one of the best ways to stand out in the 80s M crowd!



  1. Brad
    Brad December 1, 2014

    I love the look of the wide and yet not thin tires, really filling out the wheel well. We are nowadays taking it too far with filling the well with the enormous rim and almost no tire.

  2. audifan
    audifan December 1, 2014

    This is a fantastic car in gorgeous color combo and great miles. I do not like the wheels at all.
    They are way too big for this car. It needs the proper metric rims with the TRX tires. I know they are expensive, but they look just right on these classic coupes.

  3. MDriver
    MDriver December 1, 2014

    this is just a stunning example…though the mono-color grill would be removed by me as well as the M6 badge…other than that…it would get driven a hell of lot more if it were in my garage…
    all the toys get to go out and play in garage…

  4. Carter
    Carter December 1, 2014

    @Audifan – interesting that you say that, as I think these are about as close to the correct 415mm wheels as you can get; I suppose you go 16″ but the 17″ help the car stand out just a bit more – much like the original 415mm wheels did. Here’s my father’s E28 M5 with those 415mm TRX European M635CSi wheels:

    This one’s wheels are only 2/3″ bigger than those.

  5. Mark
    Mark December 2, 2014

    That looks like a regular euro 635CSi front spoiler, not an M635CSi spoiler. I’d like to know the story behind that.

  6. Carter
    Carter December 2, 2014

    @Mark, great catch, I think you’re right!

  7. Greg
    Greg December 2, 2014

    Yes that is the normal 635csi euro spoiler, not the M635 spoiler. The M spoiler is fairly deep so it was likely damaged while parking and replaced with this style. Also the rear spoiler is not the original spoiler for the earlier (84-85) M635, it is the later style for the 86-89 M635 and was also used on the 87-88 US M6. As others have noted the grille bars were painted bronzit as was the black strip above the rear bumper. To me these changes from original make the car somewhat less desireable. It would not be a big deal to buy new (or good used) grilles and rear strip and buy and paint a new front spoiler but it is probably going to cost $2k or more. Also the paint color is not my favorite although I do like the dark brown interior. I like the 17″ wheels but anything bigger looks wrong to me. It does look like there are a few dings on the body, should be no big deal for Dent Wizard to fix.

  8. Don Eilenberger
    Don Eilenberger December 2, 2014

    Either my monitor is WAY off – or the photos are very poor for color rendition. It states “Bronzit Metallic (139)” – I owned an ’87 535i with the same exterior color. Bronzit has a champagne/gold color, that in certain light conditions tended to have a very tiny greenish hue to it. It didn’t look at all like silver – which is what these photos are showing me. It remains one of my favorite BMW colors.

    Nice car – going to go for real money I suspect. A rattle can would fix the body-color grilles.. 🙂

  9. Ry
    Ry December 2, 2014

    @Don – compare the two first thumbnails in this article (front & rear 3/4 view). To me, the one in the sun (front 3/4 view) looks accurate, but the rear pic is in the shade, and doesn’t. My guess (fellow Bronzit enthusiast here!) is camera fluctuations in the different lighting (like white balance for starters).

    Also, I like the wheel/tire size & fitment, and dislike the body color kidneys & the rear deck lid M badge… My $0.02. 😉

  10. Greg
    Greg December 2, 2014

    If I were interested in this car the first thing I would do is a leakdown test as I would not want to spend $15k for a rebuild on top of what I paid for the car. The second thing I would do is have someone go over the car to make sure it was never hit. Carfax only goes back so far…

    @Ry the rear M badge is correct for this model. The front badge is from a US M6.

  11. Ry
    Ry December 2, 2014

    Thx @Greg!

  12. MDriver
    MDriver December 2, 2014

    @Carter did I spot a roll bar in that E28 M5????? LOL

  13. Don Eilenberger
    Don Eilenberger December 2, 2014

    @Ry, I suspect it was camera related. If you look at the shock towers in the underhood shots – that color is much closer to the Bronzit I remember.

    I like the color enough that I’ve given thought to having my ’01 M-Coupe redone in it.. I did some photoshopping of a photo of the TiSilver M-Coupe to make it more Bronzit, and it looked spectacular.

  14. Mark
    Mark December 2, 2014

    I”m pretty sure, although not positive, that you could get the m-tech II spoiler on the early M635CSis. I’ve seen them with the full kit for sure, side skirts and rear valence. Mine is an 09/84 build and has one, but I can’t be sure it wasn’t put on later.

  15. Carter
    Carter December 2, 2014

    @MDriver; yes, my father converted that car for track use (at least, initially). It has 13″ brakes with wilwood calipers, a Dinan chip and Euro headers, Bilstein/Eibach suspension, and a half cage for roll protection and harness mounts. But the exhaust makes it illegal at most tracks – at full throttle it’s well over 100db. True story, we were both at Watkins Glen in ~2000; I was in the classroom in the paddock and you could hear (over the instructor, with doors closed) the M5 up the back straight and then a few seconds later, a wail going down to the toe. Every two and a half minutes, like clockwork. I went for a ride later that day with him and he pulled an indicated 140 on the back straight. Impressive car, but always had brake problems (read: didn’t have enough)!

  16. MDriver
    MDriver December 2, 2014

    @Carter don’t ya just hate those noise restrictions!! LOL
    LRP instituted one not too long ago…..

  17. Carter
    Carter December 2, 2014

    @MDriver – Yeah, my Audi – which isn’t really THAT loud, barely passes there anymore. It’s amazing to see the limits the “Club” are allowed to run on the same days. As I say every time I’m there, all that money buys a lot of quiet!

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