Looking for a new project to flex your all-round restoration skills? Well, auction house Bonhams may have an absolute treat for you. Check out this dry-stored 1984 BMW 635CSi that’s just screaming for some love and attention.
At a glance, this E24 looks like the perfect car to really get your teeth into. It clearly needs some work after 15 years in a Scottish shed, but under the years of crust and surface corrosion, it doesn’t look too horrendous from what we can tell. A good clean and Hoover, a few cosmetic bits here and there and what looks like a few stuck bolts to tackle and she’ll be good to go. In theory.
Of course, if there’s one thing we know about projects it’s that they rarely go smoothly. And after 175,000 miles before it was laid up, who knows what state the mechanicals are really in. But this auction has photos galore and a clear RAC vehicle history check. And with only two previous owners, our hopes are high that with a methodical plod through all the elements of the car, you could end up with something really special.
The E24-generation was first introduced in 1976 but proved so popular that it sold all the way to 1989. It’s a big, luxurious, wafty two-door, four-seat coupe and the predecessor to the E63 6-series. This 635CSi packs a 3.5-litre straight-six petrol engine and a three-speed automotive gearbox for some brawny, stress-free cruising.
The date for the auction hadn’t been announced at the time of writing, but you can sign up for updates from Bonhams to be alerted when it goes live. It’s expected to fetch between £4,000 and £6,000, but the auction has no reserve and a glance at the classifieds suggests that tidy examples go for way, way more than that.
If you want to go and check the car out for yourself, contact the seller via the Bonhams website and take a trip up to Dumfries. Then you can start planning your shopping list of parts.
Images via Bonhams/Callum Underwood