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1986 BMW 635 CSI

Background

The E24 BMW 6-series was first introduced back in 1976 and remained in production until 1989, wowing buyers for thirteen years with its winning combination of high-speed civility and mid-pace agility.

Powered by a variety of six-cylinder engines and both manual and automatic gearboxes, every single variant could top 130mph, with the range-topping M635CSi able to reach a heady 160mph.

Even the standard 635CSi, like the one you’re looking at here, could streak to 62-mph in 7.6 seconds (in manual form) on its way to a top speed of 143mph courtesy of its 220bhp and 232lb/ft of torque.

The early cars may have offered the purest, cleanest lines but most enthusiasts prefer the post-1982 models, which adopted the more modern E28 chassis from the then new BMW 5 Series. This change brought obvious enhancements to the exterior and interior, as well as less obvious, but very welcome, mechanical improvements that elevated the car’s already impressive handling and ride characteristics to still loftier heights.

The shark-nosed, four-seater, 6-series coupe is a classic car that manages to deliver pace, driver appeal and practicality in one extremely attractive package. It is happy on a school run, on a twisty B road, on a trip to the supermarket, and on a motorway. And, because it was made at a time when BMW still built their cars up to a quality standard rather than down to a price point, it is a well built, well engineered, solid piece of machinery.

There are also plenty of specialists out there who can keep your 6-Series running beautifully and looking wonderful for a relatively modest sum.

So, the 635Csi could be just about the perfect car for someone looking to dip a tentative toe into the waters of the high-performance modern-classic.

Just about the only thing that could make a great condition, well-maintained, low mileage 635CSi even more desirable would be proven ownership by a legendary Hollywood ‘A’ lister.

But the oddsh of that must be very shlim, shurely?

The Vehicle

We don’t know what you were doing between ’89 and ’98, but the first owner of this car was doing Highlander II, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, The Russia House, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, A Good Man in Africa, First Knight, and The Rock.

From what we can ascertain, the late, great Sir Thomas Sean Connery (yes, his first name was Thomas) bought this LHD BMW 635CSi in 1989/90 and sold it in 1998, when it became the property of a Lancashire BMW main dealer. At the time, Mr Connery lived at ‘Casa Malibu’ in Marbella, Spain, where the Iberian climate and salt-free roads no doubt contributed towards the excellent condition of the vehicle today.

The car’s low mileage must be at least partly attributable to the fact that during his period of ownership, Mr Connery was quite busy making films.

This is a highly original, authentic car and is in excellent condition. After its decade of Spanish sunshine in the careful hands of most people’s favourite 007, the car was in dry storage in the UK from 1998 to 2007, and then in dry storage again, this time in Luxembourg, from 2008 to 2019. It made a brief appearance in 2016 in order to attend a BMW 100 Years event in Belgium.

The car starts, goes and stops precisely as the fine engineers of Dingolfing, Lower Bavaria, intended. The fact that is still does it so well nearly 35 years later is a testament to the care and attention that’s been lavished upon the car across its lifetime. Everything about it feels solid, true and built to last.

It drives beautifully, pulling strongly across all 5 forward gears in the manual box.

The vendor lives in Luxembourg and knows his stuff when it comes to cars. He has been generous and thorough in spending the right amounts of money on this vehicle as and when needed. The result is an honest, sorted, ready-to-roll modern classic with a fabulous provenance and many years of motoring pleasure in its gift.

We think it’s shimply shuperb.

[That’s enough now: Ed]

On the Outside

Broadly speaking, the Alpine white paintwork and finish are in really good condition and the car presents very well indeed. The panels and shutlines are clean, even and free from any dinks, dents, ripples, cracks, creases or warps.

There is no evidence of rust that we can see.

Most of the paintwork is original, although the vendor tells us that some work was undertaken to clean up and respray the front of the car, and the insides of the wings and engine bay. The sunroof - which works perfectly - was also resprayed as were the wheel arches after any corrosion had been professionally addressed.

As a reminder of the car’s origins, the windscreen still has Marbella tax and Puerto Banus harbour access stickers.

The original alloys are in fine condition, save for a very minor scuff mark on the n/s rear. The wheels are shod in virtually unused, matching Michelin TRX tyres.

There are really very few faults we can mention, and none that would raise an eyebrow or prompt a tut. The door seal on the passenger side is not perfect, the rubber strip around the sunroof could do with being refitted, there is a small crack in the n/s rear light cluster and there are some tiny blisters to the paintwork on the rear spoiler. That’s it.

Exshellent.

[Please stop doing this: Ed]

On the Inside

It’s a similarly authentic and impressive story on the inside. It’s all in very good condition, from the Pacific blue leather upholstery to the headlining (which has been replaced), carpets, mats (which just need securing more firmly to the carpets), door cards, centre console and dashboard. The odometer reads in kilometres, as you would expect of a car that has been a Luxembourger for many years.

The only real sign of wear is some creasing to the bolsters on the front seats.

It’s a 35 year old car. Any 35 year old who’s lived a bit should think themselves lucky to have nothing worse to complain about than a bit of characterful creasing around the bolsters.

Importantly, there are no rips or tears to the upholstery and we think it would be a highly rewarding - and pretty simple - task to restore these seats to their former glory with the diligent application of some dye, leather feed and elbow grease.

The rear seats look as if they’ve rarely been troubled by a backside for any length of time.

The boot is in similarly fine nick and is home to a spare wheel, a car cover and the odometer display in miles from when the car was in the UK. Lifting up the carpets reveals – no rust.

With the exception of the cruise control, everything electrical works, including the AC. This car’s European origins are evident in the German labels on various buttons and panels, and you may need a day or two’s practice to be sure you’re not pressing the ABBLENDLICT button when what you really want is KÜHLWASSER. Or vice versa.

As far as we can tell, even though this car once belonged to a certain Mr. James Bond, no buttons operate an ejector seat, machine guns or a grappling hook.

Shplendid.

[Right. I’ve had enough of this. Stop it immediately: Ed]

Underneath

This car lived in Spain for a decade and then spent the best part of 20 years in dry storage.

It’s done most of its driving in a country where salt is found in the kitchen, not all over the roads.

Cars with this sort of history almost always have undersides with less corrosion than their British counterparts. And that’s very much the case here. All the visible mechanicals and braking and suspension components visible underneath the car are in good order and are free of all but the most superficial dusting of surface rust.

The engine bay is in equally fine fettle, with everything clean and tidy and in its right and proper place.

Everything that ever threatened to leak, squeak, vibrate, rattle or whine has been shown a spanner as and when needed, regardless of cost.

Marvelloush.

[OK. This is your final warning: Ed]

History Highlights

As far as we can tell (because some documents are in French, others in German), this car comes with all manner of bills and invoices that cover much of its life in Luxembourg and some of its life in the UK. Luckily for us, the multi-lingual vendor has been through all the documentation and listed (in English) all the major stuff that’s been done to the car.

The car has a current MOT equivalent (with no advisories) from Luxembourg.

Here, then, is a potted history. You can see much of the documentary evidence for this in the paperwork section of the photography gallery.

BMW 635 CSI VIN: WBAEC710609403798

04.04.1986 BMW Production date

19.01.1989 BMW Delivery Date {the vendor believes that the gap between production and delivery may be due to the car having been in a BMW showroom for a couple of years as a display vehicle)

11.07.1990 Spanish registration date documented (Sean Connery verified as owner)

1998 Sold to Prestons BMW Lancashire

08.06.1998 BMW Prestons service (51959 km)

05.07.1998 BMW Prestons service (51959 km)

1998 – 2007 - dry storage – Prestons BMW Lancashire

2007 Purchased by current vendor and driven to Luxembourg with 55,000 km/ 27,000 miles on the clock

12.09.2007 BMW Luxembourg (Kontz)

- new battery and airflow sensor

22.10.2007 New TRX tires

31.10.2008 Garage Ries Luxembourg

- major service

- EU lights

- new km speedo

2008 – 2016 - dry storage – Luxembourg

09.06.2016 KM BMW Luxembourg

- new tyres

- new brakes

- new battery

06.08.2016 Service Garage Schweitzer (59,336 km)

- new injectors

11.08.2016 Participation in BMW 100 Years event in Belgium

26.08.2016 Service Garage Schweitzer (59,475 km)

2016 – 2019 – in dry storage – Luxembourg

29.01.2019 CarXpert Luxembourg repairs (60,594 KM)

- new battery

- new headliner

- front and engine bay corrosion treatment and respray

25.03.2019 CarXpert Luxembourg repairs

- radio and antenna repair

25.11.2019 CarXpert Luxembourg repairs

- vibration repair (axle replaced)

- all oil leaks rectified (dry since)

26.05.2020 Luxembourg MOT (61,838 km) - no advisories

12.08.2020 Muller Pneus

- wheel balancing


Money spent from 2007 to Present: Service and Repairs (€)

12.9.2007 BMW Luxembourg (Arnold Kontz ) 1124.23

12.9.2007 Tyres TRX 1317.33

31.10.2008 Garage Ries (EU conversion) 2226.84

9.6.2016 BMW Luxembourg (Schmitz) 6528.11

(this included replacing most of the suspension and many other components)

6.8.2016 Garage Schweitzer Service 1127.56

26.8.2016 Garage Schweitzer Service 147.89

29.1.2019 CarXpert Repairs 3817.90

25.3.2019 CarXpert Repairs 1125.45

25.11.2019 CarXpert Repairs 2517.40

12.8.2020 Wheel balancing 38.00

[What? No silly Sean Connery references? No daft jokes? Good: Ed]

Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos and paperwork to support our claim that this car has been maintained to a very good standard.

If you’d like to inspect the car prior to placing a bid – something we would encourage – then please use the Contact Seller button to arrange an appointment.

And please be reassured, we’ve undertaken a COVID-assessment and put into place strict measures to enable us to safely facilitate a no-contact, socially distanced viewing including disinfecting the vehicle before your viewing.

However, if you can’t come to see the car in person, we can arrange a video call with you, honing in on any areas of the car you’d like to see in more detail.

If the car is bought by anyone wishing to take it back to Luxembourg, the vendor will include in the sale the personalised registration plate 635CSI.


What We Think

We like this car. It has integrity, authenticity and quality in equal measure and it shows all the tell-tale signs of having been very well looked after (things like still having the original toolkit, jack & medical kit).

We’re as confident as we can be that there are no nasty surprises waiting to jump out and scare you, and we can see from the documentation that the current vendor has done all the heavy (and expensive) lifting so that you – with any luck – won’t have to.

Factor in its provenance and famous owner and we think this BMW 635CSi is both a great example of a much sought-after car and potentially something of an appreciating inveshtment.

[Right. That’s it. Come and see me in my office immediately. And bring your belongings with you: Ed]

We’re confident to offer this vehicle for auction with no reserve and an estimate in the range of £30,000 - £60,000.

NOTE: The video below shows a blinking light on the dash, this is just to tell the driver their foot is not on the brake pedal, it is not a fault light.

Inspection is always encouraged (Govt. guidelines permitting), and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

If needed, please remember we have a network of suppliers we work with regularly including: Classic & Sportscar Finance for purchase-financing, Footman James for classic car insurance, Classic Concierge for storing your car plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping.  

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Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

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saxonnielsen

  • Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  • Odometer Reading: 61841 KM
  • Chassis Number: WBAEC710609403798
  • Engine: 3406
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Colour: White
  • Interior: Blue / Leather

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