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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:02 am 

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635CSI for sale

Mileage: ~106,580 Miles (as of 5/4)
Transmission: 5-speed Manual
Exterior color: Arctic Blue Metallic
Interior: Pearl Beige Leather
VIN: WBAEC710XC8170972

After 4 years of hard work, the euro 635CSi is finally ready.

Contact information:
Christopher Graff
Email: Grafff1@gmail.com
Please use email to contact.

This is one of the cleanest and best put-together grey-market import 635CSI in the US available for sale today. It has had a long and thoroughly documented history, with many other highly desirable upgrades. It is an exceptionally clean E24 635CSi, that will make any new owner very happy with a highly competent and engaging GT sports coupe. The exterior has been resprayed to its original color to fix peeling clearcoat, and was done as a trim-off exercise. New chrome and rubber trim pieces and bumper components have been used to bring the exterior up to snuff as well. The interior was recovered at one point in the car’s history but wears patina well, with no cuts or cracks in the leather. It’s smooth and supple, with the front being vintage Recaro seats and rear seats matching in terms of piping and stitching. Nearly all of the mechanical components have been refreshed, and with a *fully rebuilt high compression euro M30* motor the car is ready to enjoy on the street, track, or autocross. The engine has approx. 300 miles on it since the rebuild.


Car is located in Essex County NJ. It is available for inspection, independent pre-purchase inspection at local specialists (e.g. Mr M Car, GutenParts, NorthEast Motorsports, etc), and test drives.

The link to pictures:
General directory: http://m535i.org/635csi/

After repaint: http://m535i.org/635csi/2016/
During engine swap: http://m535i.org/635csi/2017/

Exterior shots: http://m535i.org/635csi/2018_ext/ (additional sunny day shots from 5/4 added)
Interior and trunk: http://m535i.org/635csi/2018_int/ (shots from 5/4)
Under car: http://m535i.org/635csi/2018_under/ (shots from 5/4)
Paint depth meter readings: http://m535i.org/635csi/2018_paintdepth (shots from 5/4)

Extra parts for sale: http://m535i.org/635csi/2018_parts/
Records: http://m535i.org/635csi/2018_records/

The link for videos:
My youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1NQYO ... Zr-xA-_17w

Videos added (they're iphone vids so resolution isn't the best)


Engine (all work completed at 106,286 chassis miles)
Fully rebuilt M30 B34 high compression euro-spec motor by Don Fields, Mr M Car:
• Stamp on motor block: 8173966 / 34 6E A
• Pistons were NOS BMW 92.25mm oversize, with new OE piston rings
• Reground camshaft to OE specifications
• Rebuilt Timing Components, all inclusive of rails, tensioner, chain
• Head rebuilt (guides, seals, multi angle valve job, new rocker arms, shafts), new head gasket; original 1983 date stamp
• Cleaned / Painted Block
• New rod end bearings, new oil pump and chain
• Complete motor new seals and gasket set (from oil pan gasket to valve cover gasket)
• New cooling system including Nissens radiator, 75 degree thermostat, new fan blade, new fan clutch
• New Bosch fuel injectors
• New ’85-’87 Euro 635CSi B34 high compression engine with brand new wiring harness and converted to 061 DME (original 1982-83 models had an older, non-chippable DME).
• All new fuel lines, PS lines, and coolant hoses.
• New rotor, cap, spark plug wires, coil, and plugs; new engine ground straps; new starter, new accelerator cable.
• Basically any and all accessory components and ancillary that needed replacing with the engine out-service was replaced during the work. Receipts for all parts and work are included.

• OE M30 B34 LC Catalytic Convertor section from ’86 535i; downpipes from stock B34.
• OE Boysen rear exhaust in good condition
• New exhaust hangers
• The exhaust is a stock OE BMW catalytic converter version. The car runs excellent with this, but the new owner can convert to the OE Euro exhaust should their state be exempt from emissions requirements.

• 5-Speed Manual Getrag G260/6 Transmission from a late-model E28 535i
• Z3 short shifter and new leather ergonomic BMW shift knob (photos: IMG_8901.JPG, IMG_8902 small.jpg, and IMG_8903.JPG, show throws for 2nd, 1st, and neutral positions, http://www.m535i.org/635csi/2018_int/).
• All Shift Bushings Replaced, conversion to aluminum shift carrier completed
• New OEM Clutch Kit, pivot pin, pilot bearing, fork, and lightweight flywheel (Top End Performance); New clutch slave cylinder

• H&R Springs and Bilstein Sport Shocks
• Front E28 MD Upper Control Arms, new Lower Control Arms, new tie rods, center link, and pitman arm, new upper strut mounts
• New OEM Rear Subframe mounts, new upper shock mounts
• Stock 19mm/14mm swaybars (upper rear mounts rewelded/reinforced), new sway bar links, new bushings

• Rebuilt original 635CSi calipers and new rotors; new pads
• New Brake master cylinder

• Front M635CSi air dam (NLA part)
• Later style rear M spoiler (not the “duckbill”)
• Hella H1/H4 flat face front headlights and highbeams
• Great condition used rear light housings and lenses with rear foglights
• Front and rear fog lights (front fog lights are new)
• Brand new chrome and rubber parts for front and rear bumpers
• The exterior went through a complete repaint and refurbishment with a whole host of brand new BMW OE parts for the bumpers – again all receipts are included.

• Replacement (used) OBC module
• SI Board service by Programma
• Stereo did not come stock with the car; instead an aftermarket headunit and 2 speakers have been wired in. The speakers are currently under the rear seats where a set of speakers used to be that made up the old sound system.
• Rear headrests
• Original vintage Recaro seats; pearl beige leather trimmed
• New light beige Berber floor mats
• Air conditioning works and blows cold, heater works perfectly.

Wheels and Tires
• 17” BMW Style 42 cross spoke wheels (new, less than 2000 miles)
• HTR Z II tires (less than 2000 miles), date code: 2014.

Additional parts available:
• Full set of door cards and caps with holes cut out for the speaker system that was part of the original stereo installation on the car. These are included in the purchase price of the car. Should the new owner decide to add speakers to the car, these are necessary parts to use as they’re already cut out for speakers and can be donor units. Interior parts for E24s are getting rarer and rarer to find and the current interior should be saved and not cut up.
• A set of 16” original Alpina wheels (16x7 and 16x8) is available for the car. The inner barrels were painted blue to match the color of the car by the original owners. Wheels need refinishing to be brought up to snuff to the rest of the car but are otherwise true and straight. These can be had for extra $1,400. Or for extra $1,000, the new owner can specify their own tires to be mounted and balanced at their own cost, and we deliver the car on Alpinas instead of the BMW Style 42s.
• 1 Box of spare parts.
• Front strut brace is available (an extra $100).
• Bumper trim parts.


$24,000 as it sits, with additional interior panels, with Style 42 wheels.
+$1,400 for Alpina wheels, or +$1,000 for the Alpina wheels, your choice of tires mounted and balanced at your cost, and I keep the 17” Style 42 wheels.
+$100 for strut brace.
+$1000 for spare bumper trim parts in good condition.


Notes: as of 5/5/2018, the only two things I noticed wrong with the car is that there's a backlight missing on the temp control switch of the HVAC panel, and the ABS light comes on (due to faulty right rear wheel speed sensor, sensor is on order and will be replaced prior to sale). I noticed the low speed fan wasn't turning on when I took the car out for photoshoot on 5/4, and diagnosed and replaced the aux fan resistor, and now it works perfectly. I also replaced the ICV with a new old stock unit I had (the old one was a little gummed up and not responding as fast as it should).



When my friend and I (both BMW enthusiasts, and CCA club members) found the car in 2013, it was very tired, but an excellent rust free example of the classic sports coupe. We did some research on the history of the car which made for quite a story.

It was originally sold in Europe, and then later imported into the US in 1984. It was owned by a gentleman in California (Alex Ziegler), who asked Steve Dinan to import and swap in a euro M88 motor into the car. The paperwork indicates the engine was imported in 1985, and installed with the car at approx. 10k miles. Afterwards, the car was then sold to Richard Conway of New York state in 1993 at approx. 52k miles. The car at that point had gone through and had a number of other Dinan mods including their suspension (Bilsteins), lower control arm bushings, front E31 brakes, . He owned the car and did a number of driving schools throughout the Northeast. He also used it to drive between South Carolina and New York state when he retired. After 20 years of ownership and another 53k miles, he posted the car for sale, at which point we acquired the car.

We immediately understood the significant of the story of the car and its stewardship and how clean the car was underneath from a rust perspective. It has virtually no rust. But the car had a long list of needs. We immediately went through all the suspension components, brakes, and replaced almost everything rubber that we could get our hands on. There were some minor electrical items (slow/intermittent windows) and at this point we also did a trim-off repaint of the car. The car had an aftermarket CB/radio antenna mounted to the roof which was patched and fixed, as well as the US aftermarket side-markers that were put on the fenders. We also then replaced most of the bumpers and trim parts including the chrome and rubber strips with new parts or like-new used components that were best match.

At this point, we drove the car to NJ where it was going to be finished. While in NJ, we assessed the M88 motor further and found it warranted a much more involved full rebuild. At this point we also still had a number of issues to fix, including the hodge-podge rear battery tray, rewelding sway bars mounts on to the rear floor and a gearbox that a refusal to go into gear when warm. The decision was made to “return to stock” as much of the car as possible versus just rebuilding the M88. We had a spare M30 B34 high compression motor with a VIN stamp close to the original VIN of the car, which we decided would go into the car. We also had a late model 260/6 OD gearbox, to replace the worn out 265/5 OD gearbox that was in the car. And while the drivetrain was out, we could fix all the other needs, and make sure all the components in the engine bay were returned to stock.

Our goal was to create a more original car from the driveline perspective, but retain some of the good modifications in terms of suspension and appearance, and create a great GT sports coupe that E24s are well known for.
The M30 B34 HC motor was fully rebuilt by Mr M Car in Farmingdale, NJ, well known for his work on BMW and M-motors of the era. The engine was swapped in summer of 2017, along with the new driveline, new shifter, and full re-conversion back to original. The AC was recharged, engine broken in and valves adjusted and sway bar bracket rewelded in November 2017. The hodge-podge battery tray in the trunk was removed and new carpets put in. By March 2018, the punch list was complete and the car was ready for its new owner.

I am hyper critical when I try to describe a car for sale. This 635CSi is exceptionally clean for its age and mileage, and especially given its recent repaint. The paint is shiny, brilliant, deep, with no glaring defects. There are no significant paint chips, dings, or scratches. When we repainted the car we made sure to remove any dings or dents to the best we could, and more importantly use no filler or a minimum of it. The only places where there was a need for filler was the antenna and side marker holes, as such there will be some imperfections in the form of slight dents that have not yet been PDR’d. Also there are some tape marks around the front and rear windscreens from the repaint. There are a couple of dings/dents that are shown in the pictures/can be seen in videos.

The entire car is rust-free, except for one small spot on the underside of the left rear floor, at the center of the pan, where exposed edge of metal has surface browning, but I would not describe it as significant corrosion. All other trim vehicle trim is correct and present.

The windshield and window glass are clear and crack-free, but there are a handful of small pits in the windshield. The door and window seals are in good shape and don’t make much noise at highway speeds, and do not leak. This is critical on these E24s as these seals can perish over time. The Hella headlights are in excellent shape. The indicators, markers, and brake lights have crack-free lenses. The BMW Style 42 wheels are in excellent shape, and given they have less than 2000 miles on them virtually new; straight and true with no curb rash. They are wrapped in Sumitomo HTR Z II tires with over 80% tread left.


The interior is consistent in terms of condition and patina. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in that we can tell. It has that typical leather smell that BMWs of this vintage have. The carpet is free of stains or rips and is protected by new set of Berber floor mats. The seat leather is great condition, with no rips, tears, or excessive wear on the outboard bolsters. The seats have been recovered at some point in the cars history, and it shows. The leather is soft and supple and the seats very supportive and comfortable. The seats are fully manual. The dashboard is in good shape, and is free of any major cracks. Some slight warping of the dash vents is visible. The pre-1985 coarse spline M-Tech I steering wheel leather has minor wear on the surface, but it is consistent with the rest of the interior, it was a good used condition piece to replace the original steering wheel. All instrument cluster gauges and lights function correctly (new 5W bulbs to replace the original 3W bulbs). The odometer and trip meter work (new gears in speedo). There are no check engine, brake lining, or anti-lock warning lights. All on-board computer functions work, but there are a few LEDs missing on the older OBD I style computer. There are no check panel lights. All steering wheel stalk controls and dashboard switches work correctly.

The car had an old aftermarket Alpine stereo that wasn’t working when we picked it up. We removed the headunit, amp, and associated wiring in the car. We left the wiring in the door should a new owner want to rewire a new unit and or speakers. The car didn’t come with stereo originally as evidenced by the lack of speakers in the rear seat headrest pods and in the front footwells. We did include a basic CD headunit and wired it to speakers that were put in as part of the original system (under the rear seats). Included in the sale of the car are a replacement set of door cards (front and rear) with caps that were drilled out for the original custom speaker system. These are getting very rare to find (we were able to find a good set of Pear Beige ones without holes to replace). Should the new owner want to reuse the other units, they are already cut out for speakers and a new system.

The blower motors work at all fan speeds, the heat and A/C works (but is weaker than typical new car systems). One thing I noticed is that the water temp gauge shifts slightly when you turn fan speed all the way up, maybe 15 minutes or 30 minutes on the gauge (this is a typical mid 80s BMW poor ground points on the interior/dash/cluster). The temp switch is missing a backlight. The gearshift knob is new and shift boot leather is in good condition, as is the center console. All power window switches work, as does the sunroof. The headliner has no tears or cracks and does not sag. Both interior lights work. The map light mirror bulbs work as well (there are a pair in each, and all bulbs work). The trunk carpeting is fully present and is clean, the rear trunk lid covering is present, clean, is not sagging, and the toolkit is complete (with green handle tools), and the toolkit lid is not broken.

The car did not come with cruise control from the factory, no stereo, and only manual seats. It did come with the older OBD style computer and A/C as options. Also noted when we went through the car is that it has the dual pump set-up on the windshield washer fluid canister, indicating it came with the headlight cleaning system. The wiper motors and original euro headlights are long-gone (from the original federalization), but it appears some wiring may have remained.


I have a 2-inch binder with records and receipts dating back to 1985. I’ve outlined its current engine rebuild and recently done work in the notes above.

The car has been well taken care over its lifetime, with regular engine oil, gearbox and diff oil, coolant, and brake fluid changes. The motor has been freshly rebuilt and operates accordingly. There are no leaks or seeps. It starts on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. The clutch take up is correct, the shifter is crisp and precise, and the transmission is quiet. There are no driveline or wheel bearing vibrations. The suspension is also tight and compliant thanks to its recent overhaul.

Any car this age will need continued preventative maintenance and repairs in the future. But it has benefitted from overhauls of all major components—a significant investment in time and money from our part. You may find cars with lower mileage, or more original, or from other dealers, but those would have a long list of needs addressed or may not have the specifications this one does. This is a turnkey e24 635CSi ready to be driven across country.



Current: '18 Volvo XC60T6; E39 '03 M5; E32 '90 Alpina B12 5.0; E30 '92 325iC; E28 '86 M535i; E24 '83 Euro 635CSi
Sold: E84 '15 X1 2.8i MSport; R60 '12 Countryman S; E46 '05 330i ZHP; E28 '88 US M5 Blk/Blk; E36 '94 325i

PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 12:27 pm 

Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:54 am
Posts: 28
Looks like a beautiful car...very well done...good luck with the sale. Not sure where else you are marketing this, but with all the details and photos, this would be a great candidate for bringatrailer.com An 85 with similar mileage sold for $37,000 a couple of weeks ago. They do allow you to set a reserve if desired.

PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 4:57 pm 

Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2004 2:24 pm
Posts: 735
Location: Montville, NJ . . . . . . '98 M3 - '01 M5 - '08 X5
beautiful car, GLWS!!

PS to all prospective buyers: this seller is a great guy and BMW fanatic!


and gone but not forgotten:
'00 323Ci Steel Grey / Black full Schnitzer kit, maxed out w/ Dinan and UUC goodies
'89 325iX Diamond Black / Black 4dr 5spd Dinan chip, Ireland exhaust, H&R + Koni

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 8:33 am 

Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2005 3:23 pm
Posts: 227
Thanks macilona, Brent!

BTW Brent, your 323Ci was bought by a BMW-tech-in-training in September of last year. I believe it's living well in upstate NJ, being well taken care of and enjoyed by a new young-gun.


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