Sean Connery's handsome BMW 635 CSi was just sold for £46k

This is the bargain of the century

This beautiful 1986 BMW 635 CSi was just sold for £46,100 and I think this might be the bargain of the decade. Partly because the car is in great condition, with only 38,424 miles on the clock, but also because it was once owned by the late actor Sir Sean Connery.

Sir Connery purchased the car in the late 1980s and held onto it for around ten years. Furthermore, while most BMWs of the era were prone to corrosion, this particular model is unblemished because Connery kept it in his home in Marbella, in the South of Spain, where the warm 'Iberian climate and salt-free roads' (quoting from the website) helped preserve the bodywork.

First introduced in 1976, the E24 6 Series was only available as a 2-door grand tourer and it remained in production until 1989, when it was replaced by the E63 6 Series. The 635 CSi was revealed in 1985 as the range-topping variant for the North American Market and upgraded in 1988 with the new M30B35 3.4-litre engine. When it was new, it developed 208 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the car from standstill to 60 in 7.6 seconds, not bad at all by late 1980s standards, and on to a top speed of 140 mph.

The Alpine White paintwork is in great condition and mostly original, only the front and wheel arches have been resprayed. The cabin is upholstered in Pacific blue leather and all the electronics work (including the air con) except for the cruise control.

Sir Connery sold it in 1988 to a private collector who kept in an air-conditioned garage in the UK until 2007, and then he stored it in Luxembourg from 2008 until 2019, when it appeared at a BMW 100 Years event in Belgium.

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Comments (10)

  • Great car. Always wanted a classic 635CSi or M6. A couple notes:

    1 - The E24 wasn't replaced with the E63 6-series in 1989. E63 came around in 2004. No 6-series from end of E24 production until then. The E31 8-series started production around the end of E24 production, but it wasn't called a 6-series, in spite of slotting in as the perfect replacement 2+2 grand tourer.

    2 - I'm confused about this car's timeline. You say Connery bought it in the late 80s and kept it for a decade, then say he sold it to a collector in 1988 (when it would have been 2 years old) who kept it in UK storage until 2007. I'm guessing that 007 sold it in 1998, and that was just typing/proofreading error, but if not, there's some Doc Brown timeline hijinks involved...

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  • Bargain is the wrong word, more over priced but nice none the less.

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  • Huge premium over standard 635s, but famous owners do bump values up considerably - especially as this is Sean Connery's!

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  • Such a beautiful shaped vehicle one of BMWs finest cars along with the original 8 series

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  • It’s not a bad buy in the current market.

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