1984 BMW 635csi Euro
Original Bronzitbeige Metallic Paint and Nutria 0157 Leather Sport Interior
600 Miles Since Complete Mechanical Rebuild
55,000 Mile Euro-Market E24
Color: 139 – Bronzitbeige Metallic
Upholstery: 0157 – Nutria Leather Sport Seats
301: Anti-Theft Lock
314: Heated Windscreen Washer Nozzles
401: Sliding/Vent Sunroof
481: Sport Seats Driver/Passenger
664: Bavaria Electronic (Radio)
680: Manual Antenna
690: Cassette Box
915: Without Special Conservation Exterior
Production date: August 31st, 1983
This is one of those nicely spec’d, stunningly well-preserved examples that us BMW enthusiasts dream about. Immediately upon picking the car up from the original owner, we took it for a 100 mile stretch-of-the-legs along the Lake Michigan waterfront. The car feels absolutely phenomenal in every respect; as it should, considering that the car was treated to a complete mechanical rebuild (to the tune of $30k!) by renown BMW specialist The Werk Shop (Libertyville, IL) just 500 miles prior.
What We Know:
The original and only owner of the car ordered it new while living in California in the early 1980s. The car was purchased from Autohaus Brüning KG Fürth (dealer in Germany); after importing the car, the owner drove it for a handful of years, racking up about 54,000 miles. He then moved to Chicago around 1990 and stored the car at a climate-controlled automotive storage facility, where the car was almost never driven. There it remained until 2014, when the owner received a call and was informed that the facility was closing up shop, and that he needed to come get his car. Instead of driving the car home, he had the car sent to The Werk Shop, a well-respected BMW restoration shop just north of Chicago. There he had the car gone through in its entirety. The total cost for the mechanical restoration – $30k; please see the photo of the receipt, a 5-page-long list of parts. The rebuild was done at 54,899 miles; we bought the car shortly after, and the odometer now reads 55,502. The restoration was strictly mechanical; The Werk Shop did not do any exterior work.
The car retains its original Bronzitbeige Metallic (139) paint, which presents very, very well. The nose panel was resprayed early on in the car’s life, and the passenger rear fender was resprayed last month at our body shop, Albany Auto Chicago, following the correction of a bubble on the lower portion of the wheel well. Aside from those two spots, paint is original. Bronzitbeige Metallic is a gorgeous color and shines bright; the light copper contrasts very well with the car’s black pinstriping. There are absolutely no dings, dents, or scuffs on the car. There are a couple of minor blemishes, all of which we’ve provided close-up photos of. Most noteworthy of the blemishes is a small blister on the hood (less than half an inch in size). All plastic trim is in great shape, with no cracking or graying. Chrome is in great shape as well, there is no oxidation in the slightest. Chrome is mirror-like and has a great shine to it. Lights, emblems, and glass are all clear and crack-free. BMW bottlecap wheels have never been refinished and are in nice shape, with no curb damage. Overall, this 635csi is as nicely-presented as we’ve seen. Even at its lowest, most vulnerable points, this car presents in impressive condition. In person, it’s nothing short of stunning.
This 635csi features the very desirable and hard-to-come-by Nutria leather interior, with sport seats to boot. Nutria leather was only available for a short period in 1984, and is a real treat to see in excellent, unrestored condition. Nutria is a lovely shade of dark brown with tones of olive, which looks just perfect against the bronzitbeige exterior. Both front seats are in great shape; the driver’s seat shows some light wear along the outside, while the passenger seat is close-to-new. The dash shows no aging whatsoever, with no fading, cracking, scratches, or sunbleaching. Carpeting is excellent throughout, as it has been protected by the factory-optioned velour floormats, which are also stain-and-tear-free. Back seats seem as if they’ve never been sat in. Headliner is tight and tear free. A/C and heat are functional. Radio sounds great, head unit is a Pioneer Mixtrax and speakers are ITT units. As this is a European-Market car, dash text and warning lights are all in German, which is a cool reminder of the cars roots.
Under The Hood:
Since The Werk Shop’s full rebuild of the Euro-spec 3.5L M30B34, the car has seen just 600 miles of road. Having put over 100 of those miles on the car myself, I can vouch for the car’s excellent road manners. The car stays cool, tracks straight, pulls hard, and shifts smoothly. I actually had the chance to jump out of this car and into a well-sorted e30 M3 and to be honest, I’d have a very difficult time choosing a preference. The 635csi may not be quite as eager to attack the tighter corners, but it feels sophisticated, capable, and confidence-inspiring. Exhaust note suits the very gentlemanly 6er perfectly; it’s quiet around town but shows some life when you get moving. Blips from third gear down to second often result in a very subtle crackle, which while minor, are sure to put a smile on the driver’s face. There are absolutely no tendencies or noises of concern, this car is dialed in and ready to be enjoyed by its next owner. Michelin Defender tires are new at all four corners.
Anyone who knows these cars will tell you, they are extremely prone to rust. More often than not, e24s will be covered in rust bubbles and there will be at least a couple holes to be found underneath. This is not the case with this car; with the exception of some surface rust on the original exhaust, there is absolutely no rust underneath. There are no leaks either, with no evidence of any fluids strewn about the underbody. Many of the suspension components still have the BMW part number stickers on them. Floor pans and rocker panels are excellent. Undercoating is beginning to flake on the forward-most portion of the frame rails, revealing clean and smooth metal underneath. Please take a look through the photos, as the underbody is documented in detail.
Overall, this is a phenomenally clean and nicely spec’d example of one of the highlights of what is arguably BMW’s “golden age”. With the original bronzitbeige metallic paint, rare Nutria 0157 sport interior, documented one-owner history, and only 600 miles since a full mechanical rebuild, this ‘84 Euro 635csi is truly as good as they get. Buy with confidence; this car is sure to make the next owner, whether that be a collector or a driver, very, very happy.
Reach out to Jake at 773-267-2684 if you have any further questions, requests, or if you would like to discuss purchasing.