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1985 BMW M635CSi

The M635CSi somehow gets lost among the other greats of the period from BMW. Perhaps, for U.S. fans, it’s the nomenclature that’s confusing. After all, there was a M1, an M3, and a M5, but when it came to the M version of the E24, BMW stuck with the moniker M635CSi in all markets but the United States and Japan. Confounding that decision was the launch of the E28 M535i. Like the M635CSi, it had additional body pieces, special interior trim and wheels from M-Technic. But while the M535i had a fairly normal M30 under the hood, the E24 received the full-fat M88/3 that was shared with the M5. Like the European M5 production started in 1984, well before they were available to U.S. customers. But while the M5 only sold in very sparse numbers over its short production cycle (about 775 sold in Europe between 1984 and 1987), the M635i was a relative hit, with just over 3,900 selling overall – far more than made it the U.S. market. Additionally, the European models were a slightly more pure form of the design; smaller bumpers, less weight, and about 30 more horsepower on tap without catalyst.

Back in February, I looked at a group of M6s with asking prices all over the map. True, some M6s have sold for big numbers and there’s one looking like it may hit $100,000 this week. But they’ve all been pristine original U.S. examples with very low mileage. Today we have a moderate mileage, lightly modified European M635CSi in an offbeat color (for the M6), so how does the price sit?


Year: 1985
Model: M635CSi
VIN: WBAEE310X01051410
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 136,689 mi
Location: Glendale, California
Price: $39,900 Buy It Now

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1985 BMW M6 EURO

Here we have a great looking and driving 1985 BMW M6 in very original condition
The car comes equipped with numbers matching inline 6 engine and 5 speed manual transmission both very healthy and great clutch
Options include power windows
Power seats
Power brakes
Power steering
Air conditioning
Alpina wheels in great condition with nearly new tires 235/40/18

The exterior is very straight and solid with original paint still in great condition
All glass and trim is in nice condition
Both bumpers are straight and the chrome is clean
The undercarriage is dry and solid
All the exterior lights work as they should

The interior is super clean and looks beautiful
Leather seats are in great condition as well as the steering wheel
All power options and gauges work
The AC works however needs Freon

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While a silver-toned BMW isn’t all that unusual, I haven’t seen many Cosmos Blue Metallic 185 with 0203 Black leather M635CSis. A majority of the M examples that come up for sale are black, red, white or blue, so one of the things that caught my attention was the shade. Next, of course, were the Alpina wheels. While they’re certainly not cheap, the 18″ Softline look doesn’t really work for me here. They’re impressive and sure to attract attention, but especially with the lighter look of the slim European bumpers the wheels stand out as a touch too large. However, having just gone through sourcing original 16″ Ronal Alpinas I can attest to just how difficult and expensive it is to get the right set. This car was Federalized some time ago meaning the rather unfortunate addition of side markers, the ride height looks a bit low in front and the replacement radio appears out of place.

Condition wise, both the paint and especially the leather interior look remarkably fresh (though claimed original). It’s notable that this car also has the higher rear headrests most do not have. Little is disclosed in terms of the health of the S38 and while there are underbody shots, you’ll still want a serious PPI because the E24s can rust. That brings us to the $39,900 question – is this car worth the ask? I’d wager it’s high based upon a few factors – mostly, that clean M6s with half the mileage here have only hit $41,500 this year. I think if this car was presented with a set of correct-size BBS RSs and a bit more history, the price might be justified – but as it sits I’d guess it’s about 20%-25% high on ask.



  1. fstntq
    fstntq August 6, 2019

    Like the color combo but prefer my 86 non M with Cosmos over pacific blue leather. Totally agree that the 18’s overpowering the sweet lines of the Euro bumpers.

    Seems you just sourced a set of wheels but I have a near new set of King Coupe staggered Alpina 17 reps with LOW mile tires that I’d like to move for very reasonable dollars as I’m going BBS.

    I think the price is pretty close given the Euro status and the current market if it is as nice over all as presented here + maintenance.

  2. LlamaOfLove
    LlamaOfLove August 8, 2019

    This is a confusing car… I assume it is stock but with Alpina -added wheels and front lip. And are those powered sport seats… in 1985? Seems slightly Frankenstein for the price. Are the dash cracks included? “We don’t usually pick up hitch hikers… but I’m going to go with my gut on this one.” CP!

  3. jchouston
    jchouston August 8, 2019

    Llama, my 85 635 has electric sport seats. Most do. In fact, too many controls.

  4. Brad
    Brad August 8, 2019

    I love it when people say that a for-the-time very high end car has power brakes. Or that they were an option.

    When I bought my 90s Audis, my dad kept asking me if they had power brakes. No dad, they are 1890s Audis.

  5. Carter
    Carter August 9, 2019

    @Llama – also that’s a stock M635CSi front lip, not an Alpina one. Alpina lips usually have brake ducts under the fog light location.

  6. Bernard
    Bernard August 28, 2019

    Don’t forget it also has crash bars installed in the doors…More weight…

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