The Details

BMW E24 M635 CSI




  • Mileage: 89,444
  • Year: 1986
  • MOT Expiry: January 2025
  • Exterior Colour: Polaris Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Black Leather Recaros
  • Top speed: 158
  • 0-60mph: 6.3
  • BHP: 282
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 3453cc
  • Engine Configuration: M88 Straight 6


Polaris Metallic paintwork, Black leather upholstery, 3.5-litre M88 engine, 5-speed manual transmission, Recaro sports seats, Original cross-spoke alloy wheels, Air conditioning, Front air dam, Rear spoiler, Front fog lights, Three-spoke M-Tech leather steering wheel, Electrically-adjustable door mirrors, Electric windows, Electric sunroof, On-board computer, Blaupunkt cassette radio, Rear armrest, Velour overmats, Spare wheel, Spare key, BMW toolkit, Fire extinguisher.


Defying both its years and mileage this rare UK M635 CSi presents in excellent unrestored condition. The Polaris Metallic paintwork is bright and glossy with a uniform shine and no off-colour panels. Being an earlier E24 this one is equipped with attractive chrome bumpers, both with a mirror shine. Elsewhere around the car all the black plastics and rubbers remain in fine fettle with no sun damage or marking, including the rear spoiler which is also still notably soft. On arrival with us the underside of the car was inspected and was found to be in very solid original condition. All in all, a highly collectable non-catalyst example and one of only 524 ever produced in right-hand drive.



Open the door and you’re greeted by comfortable and supportive Recaro sports seats trimmed in black leather. Both have worn well and other than some expected wrinkling and light surface wear, the bolsters are excellent and free from damage. The M Technic steering wheel is also in great original condition with only light patination to the rim, and the adjacent switchgear is perfect. Having always been carefully stored out of the sun there are no cracks on the dash and the headlining is spotless. Spec’d from new with the desirable air conditioning option we’re pleased to report that the system blows ice cold having benefitted from a new condenser and fan back in 2021.


Looking under the bonnet is a real treat for any 80s BMW enthusiast. At the heart of the M635 CSi is the lauded M1-derived M88 straight-six which in this case was recently serviced less than 100 miles ago. The engine bay remains in great shape, not overly dressed but in excellent original condition just as you’d expect for a low mileage unrestored example. For additional peace of mind the car was treated to a full engine rebuild only 10k miles ago. This work was carried out by leading marque specialists Munich Legends and cost in excess of £7k in 2007.

History File

At 38 years old, and unlike most E24s that have covered over 100k miles, this stunning M635 reads just 89k miles from new. A rare UK right-drive car it was supplied to its first owner by Harry Fairbairn BMW in February 1986. The low mileage is well documented in the accompanying paperwork which comprises the original BMW document wallet, the fully stamped service booklet (entries below), a thick raft of invoices and MOT certificates dating back to 1989, a 2022 issue of Classic and Sports Car magazine where the car was featured, a spare key, and the V5C showing only 3 former keepers.

22/02/1986 at delivery miles – BMW – PDI
01/04/1986 at 1,379 miles – BMW – Running-in inspection
08/08/1986 at 7,252 miles – BMW
15/12/1986 at 14,478 miles – BMW
21/05/1987 at 21,510 miles – BMW
05/10/1987 at 25,391 miles – BMW
12/04/1988 at 31,108 miles – BMW
25/05/1995 at 73,285 miles – Full Service Centre
07/06/1999 at 75,954 miles – BMW
13/12/2005 at 77,777 miles – Full Service Centre
26/02/2007 at 79,049 miles – Munich Legends (full engine rebuild)
21/04/2009 at 81,688 miles – Munich Legends
06/09/2010 at 83,541 miles – Andrew M. Ruellan
05/04/2011 at 84,119 miles – Munich Legends
05/03/2012 at 84,966 miles – Munich Legends
24/07/2013 at 86,056 miles – Munich Legends
23/12/2016 at 86,750 miles – Munich Legends
26/03/2018 at 87,609 miles – Munich Legends
02/03/2021 at 88,635 miles – Munich Legends
07/02/2023 at 89,288 miles – Riemans

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