Fool Me Twice: 1982 BMW E24 633 CSi 5-Speed – Sold!
Still stinging from the white-over-red ’84 example we featured last month, we hesitated to list this Henna Red over black 1982 5-speed version posted on Craigslist in nearby New Hope, Pennsylvania. However, with 633CSi’s becoming an even rarer site today combined with the great color combination made it an irresistible decision to share it with you. The third owner of the past eighteen months currently has his 633CSi listed with an asking price of $13,000, which a review of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool validates the third owner has his Shark nose priced within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $6,650, $10,900, and $15,100, respectively.
Produced for thirteen model years from 1976 through 1989, BMW’s E24 was the company’s first generation of 6-series Grand Touring coupes. Produced solely as a two-door coupe during its entire production run, the original 6-Series relied on a variety of BMW inline-six engines for power. The 1982 U.S. spec example featured here is a bit of a unicorn as it is the last year to rely on the E12 5-series suspension while outside of North America BMW introduced an updated model featuring updated E28 5 Series, underpinnings. In on of the early examples of BMW fiddling with the labeling of their models, the 633 featured here sports the M30B32 line six displacing only 3,210 cubic centimeters (195.9 cubic inches). While prior versions relied on Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, this example likely features that firm’s more modern Motronic system introduced in the U.S. in mid-1981.
Unlike the brief description and limited pictures of last month’s example, the pictures in this latest example do a much better job of managing expectations prior to jumping in our car to go see it. While far from perfect, we like the recent mechanical service performed. As long as the rocker panels prove to be structurally sound and a pre-purchase inspection (“PPI”) doesn;t find any serious hidden flaws, this can be a fun and comfortable BMW you can drive and enjoy in between completing any cosmetic upgrades. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“This example is painted in henna red and I believe there were only about 150 in this color for the US market. The 5 speed manual shifts beautifully through the Getrag transmission. The car is mechanically sound and has had the following work done since I have owned it.
Fuel pump replaced and regulator
Exhaust system replaced
Ignition cap and rotor replaced
Various worn bushings replaced
New AC compressor
Rear differential oil replaced, and CV boots replaced
Drive shaft rebuilt and balanced with new mounts
Oil filter and lube
Adjust valves and cam bearings
New spark plugs and a tune up.
The body has some surface rust and a dent above the driverside rear wheel well. The BBSrims were a $1800 option in 82.The paint is original but showes some fading due to the age of the car. I have owned for a year and a half and drove it on a regular basis. I am the third owner. Message me with any questions.“
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