ENGINE No.: 5548033
BODY No.: 23332025
After the to-and-throu of a “buyer” in Australia for the past six-weeks, and due to payment not being forthcoming we have withdrawn from that deal and the car is now re-advertised.
This early example E24 with the M90 engine (160kW) was built for the German domestic market – she was built (ordered?) with the options of;
Sports “Recaro-type” front seats with full Leather interior.
5-speed Manual transmission (the dog-leg Getrag 265 box).
LSD (limited slip differential) fitted with an Oil Cooler complete with braided stainless steel hoses.
Other enhancements fitted to this car are;
A stainless steel strut brace to the front MacPherson strut towers.
The much lauded KOENIG Performance Exhaust Manifold
A genuine period ALPINA Steering Wheel but with BMW Boss-badge.
An after-market Alpina / Koenig (appearance but not established) replacement boot-deck mounted Spoiler complete with 635CSi boot-lid badge on the right where one would normally expect a ALPINA badge.
A set of genuine ALPINA cast-marked magnesium alloy road wheels – but with BMW roundels on the centre-caps.
And for some “strange” reason the dash on the passenger side (right) has an ALPINA badge.
The first-time German owner brought the car to South Africa when he emigrated back in 1982, probably because it was an opportunity to bring an expensive car in to the country without paying the horrendous Ad-Valorem plus Import Duty plus GST (VAT) compounded Import taxes that were levied then and still are for that matter.
The car comes with a complete set of Owners Handbooks and the SERVICE LOG BOOK reflects that the car was given her 1st S.A. service and maintenance by JSN Motorsport (the premier BMW Dealer in Johannesburg then) back in August 1981 reflecting a odometer reading of 62,600 KLMS – prior to this the car was given all of her services by the supplying dealer in Braubach, Germany.
We are not claiming that this car has the ALPINA Head (which was also a BMW Dealer fitted option back in 1980 according to my communications with Alpina) because we are not prepared to partially strip-down the engine just to establish if the Head has an additional serial number. Suffice to say that LYNX Motorsport, the well-known Workshop in Cape Town have just serviced the car and tuned her properly to cure a top-end performance hesitation, and they state she is the quickest BMW 635/M90 that they have experienced before.
This car has been meticulously maintained and has obviously been extremely well-cared for throughout her life to date, and now shows a total of 155,121 KLM on the odometer. The interior seats, headlining and carpeting are all very well presented and tend to support the low-usage over a 39-year ownership. There are absolutely no issues whatsoever to be rectified mechanical or electrically and everything is operational as it should be.
A major plus point in my opinion is that there is absolutely not the slightest indication of rust to the under-carriage or any of the componentry that is normally exposed to road use. It is evident that this car has remained so pristine because of residing at high-altitude in a snow and ice free environment of Johannesburg virtually her entire life – by comparison Ive seen EU/UK based cars where even the shock-towers have patch-plate welding. This car is in amazing condition, furthermore she is still respendent in her original and not resprayed HENNA (Red) paintwork that is dent, ding, scratch and chip free.
The price of GBP20,720 is inclusive of all costs to transport, export clear, CIF dual-container ship to London Gateway (or Rotterdam) plus the Clearing and collection from Port, NOVA and HMRC Import Tax paid after arrival.
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