1988 BMW 635CSi 5-speed manual

By 1988, BMW’s lineup consisted of a few dinosaurs from the 1970s which remarkably still were considered reasonably fresh and competitive in the market. First was the E28 5 series; a refresh itself of the earlier E12 design, most of the technology and the layout seemed fairly dated by 1988; if nothing else, certainly the bumpers hinted at a less than harmonious relationship between Paul Bracq and the United States DOT. The same could be said of the E24 6 series, now entering its 12th year of production. Granted, like the E28 it had received a host of updates in the early 1980s that kept in on top of the heap; for both platforms, the screaming S38 powerplant uttered the last roar in the U.S. for both legendary chassis. But unlike the E28, the E24 was granted one last stay of execution before the launch of the 8 series. With some light facial work, a nip and a tuck it suddenly looked like a much more modern car and in my mind the prettiest of the E24s outside of the original and unspoiled 630CS. Most of these last of the run 6’s seemed to be automatic, but a precious few were imported with a 5-speed manual – giving a sporty and less expensive alternative to those not needing the motivation of the M6. Today there is one such 635CSi for sale on Hemmings:

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1989 BMW 635CSi

It’s pretty amazing when you consider there was a 14 year absence between the first and second generation 6 series models in the BMW lineup. Sure, the 8 series did its best to plug the gap in the 1990s, but for some reason, it didn’t catch on quite as well as the shark nosed E24. While the new 6 isn’t the most horrible vehicle ever designed, I think it’s safe to say that the old 6 will probably age better than the more modern version. Let’s take a minute to look a 1989 635CSi, the final year of E24 production.

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1986 BMW 635CSi

6er. E24. The Shark. Whatever you want to call it, the E24 6 series coupe has ranked up there with some of the best looking BMWs of all time. Many of these coupes were equipped with an automatic gearbox, however, this 635CSi for sale in California has the rare 5-speed manual option. Also included in the package is a Dinan chip and M6 rear differential.

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1989 BMW 635CSi

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When you are basing it on a style level, the BMW E24 6 series is my favorite car to wear the Roundel badge of all time. Whether it’s an early 633CSi or M6, these coupes always drew me in. Their aggressive snout and perfect proportions still look good to this day. M6 prices have been creeping up in recent years, but it’s still possible to get one of the lesser versions for a decent bargain. This 635CSi for sale in Washington state has yet to break 70,000 miles. Coupled with the switchable automatic transmission, this is a good coupe for someone seeking more of a cruiser than an outright perfomer.

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Shark Week – 1980 BMW 635 CSi FIA Group 2

Edit 2017: Updated advertisements of this car indicate it is a recreation of the original, and still for sale for 190,000 Euros

I spent a solid chunk of my childhood dreaming of cars like this. In fact, I bet if I went through some old notebooks from high school and college, a poorly drawn likeness of just this car would be scrolled in the side margin. As Clarkson would say, this car is pure “strong pornography”. I still feel that all cars should have wide tires, big chin spoilers, wide flares, a roll cage, side exit exhaust, and stripes and sponsor graphics all over them. There are few things to me that look more “right” than the fat-flared race cars that the FIA helped to create. BMW is known for quite a few of them, but the FIA rules created some memorable models from every German marque. Heck, even Opel got in on the action. Touring car racing in the 1970s and 1980s was more stock-based than today’s carbon fiber tube frame bespoke race cars; imagine that there used to be a time when the cars that were racing were actually based on cars that you could buy! Amazing concept, I know.

In the early 1980s, the FIA changed the grouping rules for all race cars, including touring cars, in order to keep them closer to the specification of their market counterparts. Previously the rules had allowed companies to take advantage of loopholes. Slantnose Porsches? That’s because the FIA rules didn’t specify that the headlights had to remain in the stock location. The same went for fender flares and spoilers, and the late 70s saw some impressive displays of aerodynamic tweaks. Before they all went to pasture, though, BMW decided it should go racing with the new E24 chassis to replace the 3.0 CSLs that had raced and won in the European Touring Car Championship. The new 635 CSi Group 2 was born, and while it didn’t appear to be quite as much of a wild child as the “Batmobiles” had been, it wasn’t a slouch by any means. With a reported 300 horsepower, 1100 kg weight, wheels so wide they required additional fender flares to tuck them under the body, the new 635 CSi was a potent contender in the ETCC. However, rules changed in 1982, and more strict regulations of the renamed Group A cars meant the wild flares went away. As with any obsolete race car class, the remaining examples were sold off, to be raced and modified by their privateer owners. Finding an original car outside of the factory is therefore pretty rare and finding a fully restored original spec car is just about impossible, but we stumbled across just one such example in Luxembourg – today’s 1980 Group 2 635 CSi:


Year: 1980
Model: 635 CSi FIA Group 2
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: TBA miles
Price: TBA

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I know, the amount of information provided by the seller is overwhelming. Despite this, I did a little digging and this car appears to be a car that was run in 1980 and 1981 by a driver named Dieter Schmid. It seems it was originally run by BMW Italia, then purchased by Mr. Schmid and run independently in the colors it is now presented at the 1981 ETCC Grand Prix of Brno where it finished 6th. Schmid finished 3rd at the ETCC Pergusa race, what appears to be its last official race and also its best result. I was able to find one photo of the car from Brno in 1981, courtesy of Racingsportscars.com. It’s not clear at this time what happened to the car after 1981, but perhaps that information is forthcoming. As it is presented now, the car appears to be completely restored to original or better than original condition.

Now, the value. This is the tricky part. Few of the original Group 2 BMW 635s survive, and most that do were modified at some point. The last one that came up to auction was the much more famous Jim Richards JPS ATCC car, itself modified from the original spec. It was estimated to sell between $180,000 and $200,000, but by all accounts that estimate was high given the condition of the car. With a good restoration and in good running condition, but without serious race provenance, I would guess the value of this car in the $150,000 to $180,000 range, but my guess is the ask price will exceed that. Because they weren’t as successful, the Group 2 635 CSis don’t command the prices of the 3.0 CSL race cars. These cars are now eligible for all sorts of vintage racing series and are loved wherever they show up. Running the original motor won’t be cheap, but then the car itself isn’t particularly cheap, so $50,000 engine and transmission rebuilds probably won’t scare the potential owner away. Although this car appears to be in show condition, I sincerely hope the new owner has the fortitude to drive the car on the track, or at very least do some Goodwood Festival of Speed appearances. We’ll keep an eye on this one and when more information on this Megashark becomes available, we’ll update everyone.


Shark Week: 1986 BMW 635CSi

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As we go through Shark Week seeing the many iterations of BMW’s amazing real 6-series (no whales masquerading with Shark nametags this week), the mere scope of models and years demonstrates the importance of the E24. The base 628 and the howling M635 represent the poles of performance, but when I think 6-series, the first number that comes to mind is the non-M 635. Produced for all but 2 of the E24’s 14 years, its (actually 3.4L) M30 put out a healthy 218hp to back up the business-shark aesthetic. Today’s example has covered just 119k miles and regrettably comes with an automatic, but it epitomizes the quiet aggression of the Shark in its sharp silver. A few small flaws are overshadowed by the nice interior and mechanicals that come with lower mileage.

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Year: 1986
Model: 635CSi
Engine: M30B34 3.4L inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 118,877 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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This is a 1986 BMW 635csi with 118,877 miles on the odometer. The car has been painted a very nice silver metallic and except for one flaw on the hood, is in excellent condition. The exterior is complemented by a light tan leather interior that is also in very good condition.

This 1986 BMW 635csi has been looked after over the years. It does not look its age and in fact is one of the most attractive and enduring designs ever offered by BMW. In addition, the car has been well maintained mechanically; the last owner had receipts for $7,000 plus dollars invested in the last year or so which included a complete rebuild of the transmission. All work was done by certified dealer professionals.

This car has a sunroof, PS, PB, Power Seats, AC, PW, and was fully equipped for a car of its time. If you love this car as much as we do, this will make an excellent investment. Don’t let the chance to own it pass you by.

Carpet in very good condition
Floormats in very good condition
Interior in very good condition
Seats in good condition
Detailed Ext and Int
Excellent Trim
Excellent Windshield
Exterior in very good condition
Glossy Paint
No Known Accidents
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Gasoline Fuel
Factory brand stereo
Dual Power Seats
Power Locks
Power Mirrors
Power Steering
Power Windows
Quad Bucket Seats
Dealer Maintained
No Known Problems
Original Manuals
Service Records
P225/ 50 r16 Kumho tires with 100% tread remaining
16 inch alloy wheels in excellent condition

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The automatic and few flaws (a couple of paint imperfections, common cracked dash) could help this E24 stay very affordable. All told, if three pedals are too many and you’re looking to land a Shark, you could do a lot worse. It should stay well within 5-figures and have plenty of classy, comfortable and quick miles left.


Shark Week: 1985 BMW M635CSi

It seems that sharks are everywhere these days!  We’ve shown a couple M6s in recent weeks, this one differing slightly from the others in that it’s a little older, it’s not red, and it’s the European model. A friend of mine in Atlanta owned one of these in black. It was a stunning car and perhaps that’s what immediately drew me to this particular listing. This 635CSi, located in Pittsburgh, remains almost completely original, and while it isn’t a low mileage example, it should still be capable of providing plenty of motoring enjoyment. As this is a relisting, anyone who might have missed out on this car during its first auction now has another shot.

Year: 1985
Model: M635CSi
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 134,300 mi
Price: Auction


Car is being re listed due to non-payment by winner of first auction. Please do not bid on the car if you do not plan on buying it, thanks.

For sale by owner, very rare 1985 BMW M635csi. European Model car. 130,000 mi. Black on black. Very good condition. Has been in storage for several months. Completely original car except for upgraded stereo. I still have original BMW radio. Original black paint and black original leather interior. Manual transmission. Brakes (rotars) need to be replaced can be driven short distance to check mechanicals. No rust , previously a Southern car garaged all winters while here in Pittsburgh, has never seen snow. Car has no dents or dings. Original paint is almost perfect. Under carriage is clean and rust free. I am the third owner, and have had the car almost nine years. The second owner had it for just a few months.
Here is a quick video walk-around of the car I did last week:

For a car with more than 130,000 miles on the clock, the interior and exterior look to be in very good condition and to have been maintained quite well. If the mechanicals have received care that is equally meticulous then this car should have plenty of life left in it.  Given the seller’s note that the car is in need of some brake work, I’d think a price a little below $15,000 would be pretty agreeable and present an opportunity to own a fantastic car!


1989 BMW 635CSi

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While we featured an E24 a few days ago, this final year 635CSi was just too nice to pass up. This Zinnoberrot for sale in Philadelphia has just under 50,000 miles on the clock and is one of the less common ones equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission.

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Year: 1989
Model: 635CSi
Engine: 3.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 46,957 mi
Price: $19,900 Buy It Now

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1989 BMW 6 Series 635CSi. We obtained this red over grey 1989 BMW 635CSi via a new car trade! We have supplied many detailed photos to give you an accurate sense of the extremely clean and well maintained condition of this rare sports coupe! As pictured there are a few light scratches and small chips around the vehicle, but nothing terrible by any means for a car of its age and miles. In fact, this car runs and drives like a vehicle a fraction of its age! Please study the photos provided.

Please note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. If you are unclear of anything please contact us prior to placing a bid!

Highlights include:

5-speed manual transmission
Full power leather seats
17 inch wheels
Cold A/C
Rear air conditioning

The tires offer deep tread measuring 8/32nds. This BMW HAS BEEN reviewed by an independent certified mechanic in accordance with PA state inspection regulations. It passed without issue!

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While the 633CSi we featured earlier this week has its merits, I’d much rather have this later 635CSi if it was my money. While its low mileage still suggests it is a bit of a garage queen, at least it has been used more over its shorter lifespan. Even considering the low mileage, this one is priced a little bit high, considering almost $20,000 puts you squarely into M6 territory. I’d suspect somewhere around $15,000 to $16,000 would be more like it.


1985 BMW 635CSi

Let’s face it, a lot of us who happen to be car enthusiasts are speed freaks as well. We feature a lot of fast cars here on GCFSB, and one of my favorite fast BMWs from the 1980s is the M6. The shark nose, airy greenhouse and modest rear lip spoiler always grabs my attention, not to mention the 3.5 liter inline six with 256 horsepower. But for those who don’t need to get there in a hurry, the garden variety 635CSi is not a bad choice. Given the more relaxed nature of this car, most of them came equipped with the 4-speed automatic, such as this 1985 example for sale in New York. The metallic brown hue looks like something out of the 1970s, but the low mileage and condition is sure to garner some attention.

Year: 1985
Model: 635CSi
Engine: 3.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 51,863 mi
Price: Reserve auction

1985 BMW 635CSi on eBay

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With just over 50,000 miles this classic collectible is amazing. The paint looks great with no flaws. No flaws in the paint at all. The wheel wells are rust free. There is no rust on the body of this 635CSi. The interior is spotless. No rips or tears. If you are looking to buy a classic in great working condition, this is your car. No restoration needed. The only thing this car needs is an owner. This is a smoke-free automobile. There is no damage evident on this vehicle. This is a garage kept vehicle. The engine on this vehicle is running properly. This vehicle has no known defects. The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate.There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle. There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle. This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission. All power equipment is functioning properly. Overall, this vehicle’s exterior is clean. The interior is clean and in good condition. There is approximately 75% of the tire tread remaining.

While M6 prices are climbing, 635CSi values have held pretty steady. It’s not terribly hard to find a clean example with under 100,000 miles for under $10,000. Given this is an earlier 635CSi without the switchable automatic transmission, I’d suspect this car will wind up somewhere between $7,500 and $10,000. If by chance this were a late model 1988 or 1989 example with the same mileage, I wouldn’t be surprised at a final bid of over $10,000.


1986 BMW 635CSi

With E24 M6 prices on the rise, where is the Bimmer enthusiast to look if they want big fun on a limited classic car budget? The regular flavor 635CSi is a good place to start, as prices for clean examples are still reasonable in comparison. The one problem with the 635CSi is that many were automatic, which doesn’t suit everyone’s taste. So a 5-speed manual version of the garden variety “shark” such as this example for sale in Connecticut is a good way for collectors of more modest means to move into one of BMW’s best.

1986 BMW 635CSi on eBay

986 635csi 5-speed manual, always garaged, original, rust free, runs excellent. “Big Coupe” or also known as “Shark.” This coupe is a blast to drive, really gets the driver out of the everyday “cookie cutter” car and into a great looking classic that brings back the fun to drive feeling, ya only go around once in this life, enjoy the drive and performance of this rare BMW, she is one of the better units for sale and I am sure the best 635 for the money, cheap price considering the return.

Only 1008 left hand drive 5-speed manual shift 635csi’s made it to the USA. The 635 was only manufactured for 13 years, 1976 to 1989. 6 series were built on a lengthened 5 series chassis using the M30 3.4L in line 6 cylinder engine. Look at pictures to see if you think this was cared for. Sale includes some extra parts, repair manual. Fully documented for all repair work with receipts and list of what was done. OEM wheels with metric tires in picture 1 are gone, see picture 3,4,5 for present wheel tire set up. Tires have 90% tread life left.

Most recent was a new Interstate “85” battery, air filter, oil & filter, tires rotated. Dash cluster gauges work, clear plastic cover to dash cluster missing, got her that way. I have an extra cluster included in sale. Very nice, clean, original, none beaten, none customized or altered car. I have owned and enjoyed her company for the past 3 years. Not too excited to sell her but money talks. I have a clear CT title in hand and 2 keys. Any and all extra parts & manuals included along with 3 extra 15″ wheels off a 5 series. Trickle charger is included from long term garage sitting.

Keep in mind that this is a classic BMW “big coupe” or “shark” 27 years young, you must expect a few aged items, she is a real classic head turner and a very comfortable, dependable ride, will hold her value, nice lines and good feel, handles excellent. She likes high test as recommended and gets better than one would think for gas mileage. 16-18 around town and up to 24-26 at hwy cruise speed. Worth the fee for a Auto Check, I am sure you will be satisfied with the score, I was when I bought her from the last owner in PA 3 years ago. Buyer will be very happy with purchase, hope she gets a new owner to will keep her nice for years to come.

This 635CSi is priced very attractively considering the mileage and condition. It’s also an added bonus that the seller has full documentation and modified very little to this car. I love the E24 and at a price like this, its hard not to sit up and take notice. I would find it hard to believe a time when a car like this might be cheaper in this condition, as the E24’s predecessor, the E9, has been commanding strong money as of late. We’ve seen the M6 take off in popularity and value, so it’s a matter of time before we see the needle move on values for the 635CSi. Especially one like this that, so equipped, lets you row your own gears.