Friday, November 27, 2015

Bracq Friday: 1986 BMW 635CSi

The E24 generation BMW 6-series was another design from the Frenchman named Paul Bracq, who put his pen to paper and designed many incredible things like the original Pagoda SL and the French TGV high speed train.  This particular example is a reasonably priced and sports a 3 year old arrest me red paint job.  Find this 1986 BMW 635CSi here on eBay bidding for $3,600 with 5 days to go and a $5,500 buy-it-now located in Orlando, FL.

The E24 generation 6-series (1976-1989) was a replacement for the CS and CSL coupes that were produced starting in the mid 1960s.  The 6-series was strictly a 2-door affair, and not some hybridized grand poop like the F06 thing that wears the 640i badge and is neither a 6-series nor a 4.0 liter engine...but it IS fuel injected, one outta three ain't bad for the BMW marketing folks these days.

The US spec 635CSi was powered by a M30 inline-6 that put out 182 horsepower and 214 ft-lbs of torque from its 3.4 liters (almost 3.5 guys...almost!).  Power goes to a 5 speed manual gearbox and into the rear wheels via an independent rear end that featured an optional limited slip diff -- a must have if you ask this guy, but you'll have to check under the rear of the car to confirm, most sellers don't know.

The interior is ratty, but livable for the asking price.  This one has what looks like a fully optioned leather interior, but it could use some reconditioning.

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  1. What a Bracq-ulous red piglet this is. I would like to think this can be brought back from the brink.

  2. I've always wanted an M635CSi. I have a notion of building an interpretation, using a 635CSi to start. In an ideal world, I'd source an S38B38. But when you start to do the numbers, it would almost certainly end up being another LSx job.

    There may be too many LSx transplants on the internet. But are there really too many LSx transplants in your garage?

    1. You don't buy an S38 for the numbers. You buy it for the noise. LS beats many many things when you put the numbers together. Ignore the numbers and it's nowhere near as cool as an ITB equipped straight 6.


  3. What's with the detailed history report showing the mileage at 141K in Bellflower in 1992, then dropping down below 100K in '99 and subsequent years? Also, the passenger door opening mechanism seems to be missing...that can be more problematic than one might think. (Ask me how I know). And AC? Luckily, no rear AC, never works well anyway. Otherwise, I'd be a player at this price.


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