The E24 BMW 6-series was first introduced back in 1976 and remained in production until 1989, wowing buyers for thirteen years with its winning combination of high-speed civility and mid-pace agility.
Powered by a variety of six-cylinder engines and both manual and automatic gearboxes, every single variant could top 130mph, with the range-topping M635CSi able to reach a heady 160mph.
Even the standard 635CSi, like the one you’re looking at here, could streak to 62-mph in 7.6 seconds (in manual form) on its way to a top speed of 143mph courtesy of its 220bhp and 232lb/ft of torque.
The early cars may have offered the purest, cleanest lines but most enthusiasts prefer the post-1982 models, which adopted the more modern E28 chassis from the then new BMW 5 Series. This change brought obvious enhancements to the exterior and interior, as well as less obvious, but very welcome, mechanical improvements that elevated the car’s already impressive handling and ride characteristics to still loftier heights.
The shark-nosed, four-seater, 6-series coupe is a classic car that manages to deliver pace, driver appeal and practicality in one extremely attractive package. It is happy on a school run, on a twisty B road, on a trip to the supermarket, and on a motorway. And, because it was made at a time when BMW still built their cars up to a quality standard rather than down to a price point, it is a well built, well engineered, solid piece of machinery.
There are also plenty of specialists out there who can keep your 6-Series running beautifully and looking wonderful for a relatively modest sum.
So, the 635Csi could be just about the perfect car for someone looking to dip a tentative toe into the waters of the high-performance modern-classic.
Just about the only thing that could make a great condition, well-maintained, low mileage 635CSi even more desirable would be proven ownership by a legendary Hollywood ‘A’ lister.
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