Considering the illustrious reputation of the BMW, it's easily assumed that the German manufacturer gained and kept their foothold in the United States by having always sent over only the best examples of their work. But that's not the case. This rare 1983 BMW 635CSI presents a chance to own the vastly superior European version of the timeless 6-series. Having received the best of care, as well as a whole assortment of fresh parts, it's more than ready to provide the promise of Bavarian classic motoring coolness as you embark on its next chapter of driving adventures.
With its low profile and wide stance, this 635 looks refined, but plenty capable. Its dolphin gray paint complements its conformation and is in fine form, shining from every angle. It cuts a great appearance and the bumpers both front and back remain unblemished and fresh, as does the body trim throughout. As you look from the front, you can see the slotted appearance of the air dam - a feature that differentiates it from its U.S.-bound counterparts. A new set of hood shocks have been installed and the hood raises and lowers with a “like new” smoothness. The doors and trunk all sit flush, have uniform gaps and open and close with no issues at all. Even the smaller details have been looked after, as the front grille retains its original deep black hue, and the signature BMW propellers in both front and rear stand out from the gray that surrounds them. Even that low-slung, slotted air dam in front bears no discernible scuffs or rock chips.
Open the door to have a look inside and one of the first things you're likely to notice are the pristine BMW Recaro seats up front. Taking the place of the more commonly encountered Sport Seats, they're just one of the many features found in this black leather interior. Throughout, you'll see a very lightly used appearance that belies this car's nearly 35 years in service, the combined result of excellent care with its unusually low 120,000 actual miles. Among some of the custom touches that have been added are the M Series steering wheel, a custom visor that also houses a built-in Homelink garage door opener and a set of near new velour floor mats. The Blauplunkt AM/FM/CD system situated front and center not only has a period-correct appearance, but also blue tooth compatibility, allowing you to stream your music library while enjoying the driving experience this special car will provide. With a steering column that not only tilts, but telescopes, you can find that perfect driving position. Power windows and an electric sunroof in perfect operating condition are a real plus.
Most car enthusiasts know that even to this day there continue to be differences in power output between import models remaining home vs. those shipped to the States, but when it came to the 6 series, that disparity was fairly marked, with the European version 3.2 liter engine housed in this car retaining a lopsided edge - about 40hp worth!! Makes you glad it made the trip over! Mated to a close ratio 5 speed manual transmission also only found in the European version, it's part of what goes into making this 635 a true driver's car. A good deal of effort has been made to insure it remains that way, as both the 4 wheel anti-lock disc brake system and cooling system have been replaced, as have the battery, fuel pump and engine hoses. For continued reliability, the fuel injectors were removed and cleaned and a set of new, upgraded upper control arms were installed. The set of rare AC Schnitzer 16” wheels are in impeccable condition and complete the look of this fine vehicle.
In the market for a truly timeless example of German automotive engineering, decked out as originally intended and without having to trek overseas? This 1983 BMW 635CSI is for you. Call now!