1988 BMW 635CSi Highline (E24)
Desirable, later model in Highline spec with heated electric seats; hand-stitched leather and huge history file inc. 31 service stamps driven 170 miles to the sale
Supplied new by Prophets Garage of Solihull, West Midlands in September 1988 this E24 Generation of classic BMW 635CSI is finished in Alpine White, and sits on a set of original polished X-spoke alloy wheels wearing period correct Michelin TRX tyres and what a treat it looks too.
Under that sharknose bonnet, we find the brilliant 3.4-litre M30B35 inline SOHC straight-six cylinder petrol engine, which, as a late model car (1987-1989) produced 220bhp and 310NM of torque driving the rear wheels here via four-speed ZF 4HP22 automatic transmission with Sport, Economy and 3:2:1 manual mode).
This example hails from the final years of production, and as such is the desirable Highline spec featuring extended hand-stitched leather covering all surfaces, dash top, binnacle, door tops and even the head lining is leather – a special and very comfortable place to be offering seating for four.
In addition, we find electric windows front and back, electrically adjustable heated front seats with driver’s memory, electric sunroof, Check-control panel, trip computer, air conditioning, head lamp wash/wipe, heated rear screen, rear sun blind, Kenwood radio/CD player, front fog lights and complete tool kit in the boot.
This lovely example shows just 119,867 miles and was driven some 170 miles to the sale by its enthusiast owner without a hiccup. Our vendor has enjoyed the car for the last 18 months plus, covering 2,500 miles in this time.
The history file for the car is considerable and includes the V5C recording five former keepers, the owner’s pack and service book revealing an impressive 31 service stamps (inc. PDI and running in check both by Prophets Garage), the last two by Staines Service Centre during our vendor’s tenure at 117,508 miles in May 2021 and at 118,924 miles in May 2022 respectively.
The file includes a second ever arch folder containing the vehicle’s service history invoices arranged in chronological order dating back to the late 90s including the most recent service bills (which also included fitment of a replacement blower motor and brake pads) a new battery in June 2021, and a £1,563 spend at Blue Bell BMW, Crewe in May 2014 on new leads and other ignition system items plus replacement cylinder head gasket and viscous fan couplings in 2001 by Sytner BMW at 106,008 miles.
The file also includes many old MOTs in addition to the current MOT, valid until November 2023 recording just four minor advisories (enter the reg at check-mot.service.gov.uk), radio user manual, spare keys and period sales brochure.
A most complete, undoubtedly well cared for desirable later model with considerable history, low ownership and the right engine – one to watch, use and enjoy and very much a proper Modern Classic.
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