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BMW sport coupes have a reputation for performance and style with the added luxury of high design and technology. The first generation of BMW 6 Series grand touring cars was the E24, a two-door sports coupé, produced from January 1976 to 1989, which replaced the BMW E9 coupé. Paul Bracq, noted for his prior work at Mercedes-Benz, Citroën, and Peugeot, was the Design Director at BMW when he developed the E24. Bracq also designed the 520, the first BMW 3 series (E21), the 7-series (E23), among others. Early E24s were fabricated on the E12 chassis by the famed Osnabrück-based coach builder, Karmann. By 1977, full assembly was brought to BMW, now on the E28 chassis. The outward appearance was virtually unchanged, but it was far more advanced under the sheet metal. The 6 Series ultimately became an iconic model of the 1980s, and it served their flagship in both style for leading-edge safety, with features such as ABS and airbags.
The BMW 635CSi (Coupe Sport, fuel injected) E24, seen here, is a sophisticated four-seater coupé with a front engine and rear-wheel drive, powered by the S38 inline-six engine, producing 215 hp. The aesthetics of Paul Bracq’s design are unmistakable; sportiness combined with classic elegance. Its long sloping hood and double-kidney front grilles create a distinctive “sharknose” silhouette, which became the 6-Series’ prototypical trademark.
In motorsport, the 635CSi won the European Touring Car Championships in ’81, ’83, and ’86. A total of 86,000 models of the E24 were produced during its entire production, a run that lasted until April 6, 1989. For almost 20 years. Pacific and Southeast Sharkfest events annually attract hundreds of 6 Series enthusiasts and their cars for group drives and concours events.
Country of Origin: Germany
Drivetrain Configuration: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine: S38, water-cooled, Inline 6, 3430 cc, 215 hp
Transmission: Four-speed automatic
Top speed: 138 mph (declared by factory)
Years Produced: 1985 - 1989
Number Produced: Total 1989 635 CSi production: 1012