1984 BMW 635 CSi (E24) B9 Alpina - Manual

1984 BMW 635 CSi (E24) B9 Alpina - Manual

A very rare manual 635 CSi and understood to be one of just four B9 Alpina coupés supplied to the UK by Frank Sytner, displaying a shade under 40,000 miles from new.

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LIVE AUCTION: This lot will be auctioned on Saturday 18th May, 2024 at 12.00pm BST at Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell, Northampton, NN6 0BN

  • Body Colour

    Henna Red

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  • Registration Number


  • Odometer Reading

    39511 Miles


A very rare manual 635 CSi and understood to be one of just four B9 Alpina coupés supplied to the UK by Frank Sytner, displaying a shade under 40,000 miles from new.


The beautifully styled BMW E24 was the first 6-Series coupé produced by the German manufacturer and was incredibly well received, soon becoming known as the 'Bavarian Ferrari'. Assembly of the 630CS and the 633CSi started in March 1976 at the Karmann works but production was soon moved in-house to BMW. In 1979, the 628CSi was introduced with fuel injection, marking the end of the carburetted 630CS. However, it was not until 1982 that the 635CSi really came of age with an improved chassis, even sleeker styling and a better equipped cabin. Engine dimensions were revised with a smaller bore and longer stroke resulting in a displacement of 3,430cc and 215bhp. Whilst the flagship of the range was the 286bhp BMW Motorsport-inspired M635CSi, the German firm Alpina, who had been producing tuned versions of BMW models since the 1960s, launched their B9 3.5 version of the 635CSi in 1982 and it remained available until 1985.

The 6-Series buyer of the period was hard to categorize, naturally tempted by BMW's sporting credentials and build quality that did not come cheap, they tended to be an enthusiast of a certain age that appreciated the swift turn of speed when the tasselled loafer was applied with determination to the right-hand pedal. Most buyers chose the automatic gearbox as the 635 was a motorway cruiser, equally comfortable on the daily commute, however a few enthusiasts opted for the 5-speed manual, and fewer still travelled to Nottingham to Frank Sytner’s BMW showroom to place an order for a manual B9 Alpina.

Copy email correspondence dating back to 2010 with an employee of Alpina states that just 75 B9 Coupés were believed to have been built by Alpina, however direct contact with the Sytner Group led to confirmation that their records show they sold 13 B9 Alpina cars of which just four were understood to be 6-Series Coupés. Whether the cars were automatic or manual could not be confirmed but the email does state that just two Henna Red B9 Alpina 635CSi cars were sold.

A printed record of a telephone conversation with a previous owner, a Mr Newton, dated 27th August 1997, states that he bought this Henna Red manual B9 when it had some 4,000 miles indicated. The car was on display at Donnington Circuit and was sold personally by Frank Sytner to Mr Newton. He added some 15,000 miles to the odometer and after a period of storage lasting some six years, the car was sold in 1997.

It was purchased by our enthusiast vendor, a well regarded customer of ours, who had owned an M635 in period and it was registered to him on 16th September 2013. Under the previous registration, which is likely to be reinstated as the current cherished registration is to be retained, the car featured front and centre on the front cover of Classic Cars magazine in March where they road tested various 6-Series coupés of the era. Well maintained despite modest mileage increments over the years, the odometer at the time of cataloguing read 39,511 miles.

An outstanding motorcar of such rarity that it ticks virtually any box for both collector and enthusiast.


N.B. The cherished registration number displayed in our photographs is being retains by the vendor and does not form part of the sale.


CSi B9 Alpina
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MOT Expiry
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Body Colour
Henna Red



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