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1986 BMW 635CSi Koenig Widebody

If you wanted a crazy modified European car in the 80s, you had a lot of choices to make. Built to resemble wildly flared racers, cars from manufacturers like DP Motorsports, Gemballa and Strosek are at best polarizing cars. At worst, they’re like the plot line to Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex; kill your father, marry your mother and have your sister-daughters, then stab your eyes out and live in a cave. But the Rex himself must certainly be defined as Willy König, with his widebody, Testarossa-straked creations. While usually we see Mercedes-Benz and Porsche versions of Koenig modified cars, today we get a rare glimpse of what he’d do to a E24.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 BMW 635CSi Koenig Widebody at Bonhams MPH Auction

Year: 1986
Model: 635CSi Koenig Widebody
VIN: WBAEC820508187341A
Engine: 3.4 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 62,000 mi
Location: Bicester Heritage, England
Price: Auction

1986 BMW 635CSi Koenig Coupé
Registration no. AIW 8764
Chassis no. WBAEC820508187341A
Engine no. TBA
Odometer reading: 62,126
MOT expiry date: Expired

* Stylish and dramatic super coupé
* Rare and desirable Koenig specification
* Reliable and easily serviced BMW running gear

With its dramatic front wheel arches extending all the way to the back of the car, encapsulating the rear trunk with an aggressive wing, the Koenig 635 was a nod to the current generation Ferrari Testarossa which Koenig also tuned at the time. While badged as an M635CSi, this car is fitted with the SOHC 3.5-litre M30 engine mated to a 4 speed automatic gearbox. It is unknown how many Koenig special 635s were made due to Koenig keeping no records but there are thought to be only two in the UK. This car is fitted with a custom stainless steel ‘shotgun’ exhaust and sits on the correct BBS wheels. Having been on museum display for a number of years, some recommissioning will be required prior to returning to the road. Offered for sale on instruction of a high court ruling, only copy paperwork is offered with this car. Sold strictly as viewed. Offered for sale on instruction of a high court ruling, only copy paperwork is offered with this car. Sold strictly as viewed.

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Vendor Score Total: 67/100

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Key for sellers’ assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

Body Work: 4
Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
Glass: 4
Paint: 3
Wheels/Tyres: 4

Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
Headlining: 4
Seats: 4
Trim: 4

Mechanical components: 3
Running: 3
Starting: 3
Under Bonnet: 4

Axles: 3
Brakes: 3
Gearbox/Clutch: 3
Suspension: 3

Ancillary components: 3
Main components: 3

Car History File: 1

This English-market E24 certainly has some stories to tell. Underneath the exotic-looking bodywork it’s a relatively stock M30-engined 635CSi from what I can tell, equipped only with sport seats and air conditioning. But it’s the abstract art bodywork that’s the story here, with the crazy angular line carrying from the front fender through the integrated spoiler. Dare I say that compared to other Koenig Specials or what ABC Exclusive did to an E24, it’s almost tasteful? I’m not sure if the lack of Testarossa slats is better or worse, but this one is certainly unique. The mismatched BBSs are odd and this car certainly needs a fair amount of work to be really ready to shine, but turn up at this thing at pretty much any show and you’ll draw attention. Bonhams figures this car will trade between $21,000 and $28,000, but the auction is no reserve – so we’ll see if anyone is looking for a crazy spring project soon!



  1. Ned Nash
    Ned Nash March 14, 2021

    I seldom feel the need to comment, and try to be constructive, but hoooo boy, I can’t see the upside here,

  2. Tim
    Tim March 14, 2021

    The “Rare and desirable Koenig specification” is unfortunate here…

  3. Herbs
    Herbs March 14, 2021

    Definitely need some vapor wave / outrun color love. Might be pretty rad!

  4. Jim Fuerstenberg
    Jim Fuerstenberg March 15, 2021

    Rare, definitely; desirable, I cannot see why. What a hideous body kit.

  5. Ricky Weston
    Ricky Weston March 15, 2021

    My god that is ugly! And I actually like the W126 and R129 Koenigs. This is just awful. Maybe a different color would help?

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