One Owner E24: 1986 BMW 635CSI – Sold?
June 11, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Finding a single-owner example of practically any make and model that’s over 25 years old is a near impossibility these days, especially of a desirable model like BMW’s grand touring coupe, the E24 6-Series. Usually, if you do, it’s the pricey M6 variety, but this 1986 model here on Craigslistoriginally listed in May 2021 on Craigslist in Newton, Massachusetts is the standard-issue 635CSI that is loaded with original details, and has an asking price of $15,000. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals this seller has priced in car in between that of one rated in “Good” condition at $12,300 and “Excellent” at $22,600. It likely is somewhere in between, but you’ll need to see it in person to sort that out.
The E24 6-Series is a solid choice for dipping your toe into the enthusiast vehicle waters. It’s generally reliable, especially when well-maintained like this car appears to be. Parts supply is still generally good, both inside the USA and overseas, and owner’s groups are robust. The E24 came in a few different renditions over the years, but by and large, it was a tried and true BMW formula: inline-six-cylinder engine, rear-wheel-drive, and a manual transmission. It’s a fantastic grand tourer, and retains its composure even when being hustled. You have a tough choice to make if you’re looking for a big German coupe, as the Mercedes W126 SECs are compelling for all the same reasons, but they do lack the option of rowing your own gears.
What you have to love about this example offered for sale near Boston (beyond the single owner history, of course) are all the small details that come out in photos: the original TRX wheels still in place; the unused cassette cleaner kit; the never-opened first aid kit; the original radio head unit; the factory accessory rear spoiler; the gorgeous original paint – all in all, it adds up to being a car that was loved, and rarely messed with. Those accessories mentioned above are the types of things that usually go missing with the second and third owner, so it’s another benefit of buying from the original owner. The photos seem to indicate that, despite the New England location, the 635CSI is rust-free and was likely stowed inside during the winter months. If this survivor-grade E24 catches your eye, get in touch with the owner via the email address above – and good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1986 BMW 635CSI, BLACK EXTERIOR, BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, 5 SPEED, ORIGINAL BLAUPUNKT RADIO, SUNROOF, NEW TIRES, WHEELS REFINISHED, VERY GOOD CONDITION, ORIGINAL OWNER SINCE 1986.“
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