The E24 was a replacement for the CS and CSL coupés first produced in 1965. The CS 3.0 was almost changed by adding a few centimeters in height to make it easier for customers to get into the car. However, Bob Lutz rebelled against the decision and rough drafted an alternative version that soon became the 6 series. Production started in March 1976 with two models: the 630CS and 633CSi. Originally the bodies were manufactured by Karmann, but production was later taken in-house to BMW. In July 1978 a more powerful variant, the 635CSi, was introduced (for the time being not available in North America and Japan) that featured as standard a special close-ratio 5-speed gearbox and a single piece black rear spoiler. The bigger bore and shorter stroke facilitated max 218 hp at 5200rpm and a better torque curve. For the first year, the 635CSi was offered in three colors (Polaris, Henna Red, Graphite), and could also be spotted by the front air dam that did not have attached fog lights. These simple cosmetic changes reportedly worked to reduce uplift on the car at high speeds by almost 15% over the non-spoiler body shape. This early model shared suspension components with the inaugural BM
BMW E24 635CSi Superb, original E24 635csi in Alpine white with contrasting blue leather, with only 72,467 miles showing over 4 owners. Ordered from new by controversial billionaire newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell through his company Pergamon Press, the car was supplied by North Oxford Garage, where it had its running in service at 1577 miles. The Pergamon group maintained the car fastidiously during its first years in the UK, before the car was subsequently kept at the Maxwell Chateau in southern France for many years - this beautiful car spent most of the next part of its life (and the majority of its mileage) in cosseted surroundings, cared for with no concerns for expense. The car was actually used by Mrs Maxwell (Dr Maynard) as her daily drive. There is plenty of interesting documentation from its time in France (including the import documents), where the car was looked after within the main dealer network. The last service was carried out at BMW Agen (Lot) at 65900 miles. Since its return to the UK the car has covered only 6550 miles, and will be serviced up to date by Munich Legends. The condition of this 635 both inside and out makes it an exceptional example of what has b
Having covered a mere 18k miles from new the stock 3430cc straight-six remains in excellent mechanical order. Remaining dry stored for most of its life the engine bay has none of the usual corrosion issues associated with E24's on the inner wings and chassis rails. Since arriving at 4 Star the Observer has been treated to a full service including all fluids, filters, and plugs.