Update 8/30/18: A year after I originally wrote this car up at $20,000, it is back on a no reserve auction format and should sell this time if someone clicks the opening bid point at $7,500.
A decade on from the takeover of Hans Glas GmbH, BMW put the Dingolfing production line and engineers to work on their new big coupe. This allowed them to build the design in-house, instead of subcontracting construction of the 2-door as they had with the E9 to Karmann. The E24 was released in 1976, and compared to the Glas V8 they had borrowed for their premium product in the late 1960s it was thoroughly modern. Paul Bracq penned the lines as he did for all BMWs of the period, and but while there was a strong family resemblance between the 3- ,5- ,6- and 7-series cars, the E24 was where the long, low lines and sweeping greenhouse worked the best.
While initially the car was introduced to the world with many of the items from the E9 carried over, the U.S. got a special one-off for its introduction year. The 630CSi was brought in 1977 with a D-Jetronic fuel injected version of the M30B30 which itself had also seen duty in the E9. With slightly lower compression and emissions equipment fitted, it produced 176 horsepower and was shared with the contemporary 530i until 1978. But in late 1977, BMW yanked the 630 from the U.S., replacing it with the more powerful 633CSi.
While BMW’s sales between 1970 and 1977 had doubled (14,574 total vehicles to 28,766), the number of early 6s that made the journey was still relatively small. Couple that with thermal reactor failure that was a demise of many of the early U.S.-bound 3.0s, and of course the big nemesis of the 70s BMW – rust – and finding a lovely example of the early E24 here in the U.S. is quite difficult:
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.
1977 BMW 630CSi with 17,000 Miles
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?
As the 2002we featured yesterday was getting ready to ride into the sunset, another two-door BMW chapter was just beginning: the E24 6 series. Today we’ll look at a trio of E24sm beginning with this early 630CSi for sale in Texas. While I generally am a fan of the later E24s, early models such as this one in a decidedly period metallic green have a strange way of drawing me in.
I’ve said a few times that the prettiest 6-series in my mind are the earliest examples and the very last, mid-88 refreshed cars. But in terms of pure beauty, my vote still goes to the early, uncluttered Bracq design. Certainly the E24 looked much heavier and not quite as elegant as the E9 it replaced, but it has its own character and was a quite handsome design in its own right. The sweeping roof line carries perfectly into the falling trunk, and in front the chiseled headlight panel echoed images of the creatures that would become the namesake of this model – the “Shark”:
Featured here is the successor to the 3.0 CS that I had found last month. This is a very early example of the E24 coupe in original condition. Introduced in 1976, the new coupe was first brought to the U.S. in 1977 with the 3.0 liter straight six. Halfway through 1978, the 633CSi bowed, which means that early 630’s, especially examples this well preserved, are few and far between. This particular example has had three owners and has traveled just shy of 100,000 miles.
The seller states:
Up for sale here is a rare very nice original first year 1977 BMW 630 CSI. In 77 there were about 425 of these special ordered for USA and Automatic. The original owner paid 23000 for it. He lived in New Jersey and was an oil executive. In 1978 it was shipped to Germany for a year then to La Jolla ,California in 1980. The car was sold to to an San Diego investment banker in 1982. He owned till i bought it a year ago. The car has been babied and the engine was rebuilt in last 7000 miles and transmission in last 800 miles. The car is in excellent condition and is matching numbers.
The color is Fjord Blue (Ice Blue) with blue connolly leather. The car has factory ac but it needs refrigerant, (the original refrigerant is not available for purchase in California) … It has the original manual and almost all of its tools… It has the original jack and spare… Also have rare Blaupunkt radio in a box…The alloys are factory original with newer tires… It is an absolute joy to drive and is as clean as the photos show. there is absolutely no rust or evidence of any accidents. It currently registered in California and can be driven anywhere…. The dash has a few small cracks… The leather is near perfect and original, it always had sheepskin covers… car cover comes with purchase….Just a beautiful example of an extremely rare sports car.
While early E24s may fall into the not quite classic category, this particular example, given its condition and pleasing color, seems to be fairly priced at just over $10,000. If the car is as well maintained as it looks, and comes with a full history, this 6er could be a practical classic that could appreciate in value, if properly maintained.