5k: Shark Bait: 1986 BMW 635CSi 5-spd

The BMW E24 6-series is one of those ‘in-betweener’ 80s classics; it isn’t quite a collectable classic, but un-restored examples are starting to show their age.  We think the sporty versions of the E24 in manual transmission form are destined to be future collectibles, but they are cheap and easy to find for pocket change today.  Find this 1986 BMW 635CSi 5-spd for sale in Summit, NJ for the bargain price of $3,500 via ebay.  Thanks to tip from the original DT tipster (OG DTT), Scot.

If you have any affinity at all for traditional BMW styling, it is hard not to like the long hood, tall greenhouse and pointy nose aesthetic of the E24 “shark.” The US Federal Gov’t mandated giant diving board bumpers do detract from the purity of this coupe’s lines, but slimmer Euro bumpers are an option if you want to shorten your car by about fünfundzwanzig Zentimetern (one foot to us ‘murricans) overall.

This nice black-on-black example of the 635CSi looks to have been reasonably well kept, and is powered by a 3.5 liter inline six that puts 215 horsepower into a 5 speed manual transmission. Expect extremely well balanced handling, lively communicative steering, and that signature straight-six wail.


DT’s recommendation for this morning is to pick up a 635CSi while values are still low and before they become the “next 911” and start bringing megabucks at the big auctions. These cars were made when providing maximum driving enjoyment still mattered to BMW. As a bonus, this one looks like a great daily driver. 

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