Wed, 16th Oct 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 56

1985 BMW M635 CSi

Sold for £30,375

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: B138LNU
Chassis No: WBAEE320100760005
Mot Expiry: Oct 2020

- The 5th of just 524 right-hand drive M635 CSi cars made

- Warranted to have covered just 66,900 miles from new with eleven service stamps and fourteen old MOTs on file

- Highly original and recently recommissioned following twelve years' dry storage

Notable as the fifth right-hand drive M635 CSi to be built, chassis 760005 is warranted to have covered just 66,900 miles from new. Its accompanying service book records eleven stamps up to 58,000 miles in 1998, while the last of fourteen old MOTs on file was issued on 5th May 2006 at 64,852 miles. Put into dry storage the following year, the BMW has just been recommissioned and is expected to possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale. Much of the car's Zinnoberrot paintwork looks to be original and while by no means perfect it is nonetheless impressive for thirty-four years old. The Black leather upholstery is even better preserved with wear in keeping with the Coupe's low mileage. Deemed by the seller to have `very good' bodywork and `excellent' engine, gearbox, electrical equipment and interior trim, he also considers `B138 LNU' to be `very original and a good driver'. Stylish, fun and fast, this very early and rare M635 CSi is offered for sale with old V5 Registration Document, original build sheet, alarm fob, various invoices, old valuation certificates and spare keys.

Successor to the race proven 3.0 CSi (E9) high-performance coupe, the 6-series was introduced in August 1976. Immediately recognisable thanks to its distinctive 'shark nose' front and thin-pillared glasshouse, the four-seater possessed real road presence. Created by BMW's Motorsport Division, the flagship M635 CSi debuted at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. Sharing its 3453cc DOHC powerplant with the exotic M1 supercar, it also benefited from a close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox, limited slip differential, improved suspension and heavy-duty brakes. With some 286bhp and 262lbft on tap, it was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and 158mph. Only in production for six years, a mere 5,855 are thought to have been made (of which just 524 were RHD non-catalyst cars).

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