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Lot 184

2018   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2018

1978 BMW 633 CSi

SOLD $47,300

Estimate

$40,000 - $60,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

5565126

Engine

5565126

Car Highlights

Enduring Paul Bracq Design; Desirable European-Spec Model
Rarely Seen and Handsome Green on Green Color Combination
Enhanced in Period with Highly Desirable Alpina Options
Lovingly Preserved by a Long-Term Enthusiast Owner
Excellent Candidate to be Shown in Preservation Class

Technical Specs

2,986 CC SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch L-Jetronic Multi-Point Fuel Injection
194 BHP at 5,500 RPM
5-Speed Getrag Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Disc Brakes
Front MacPherson Strut Independent Suspension
Rear Independent Semi-Trailing Arm Suspension
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In the 1970s, BMW engineers wanted to build light, fast sporting machines, while management sought to produce large Autobahn bruisers to compete with Mercedes-Benz. Around that time, revered French designer Paul Bracq was hired away from Mercedes-Benz. He was able to bridge the gap between the two BMW factions by penning the fantastic 6-Series coupe. A spacious, comfortable road car, it appealed to management’s desire for a large grand tourer. Quick and competent, with taut lines reminiscent of the 3.0 CS, it pleased BMW’s engineers as well.

Built in rarely seen Amazonitgrün Metallic (Amazon Green Metallic) with Farngrün (Fern Green) leather interior, this well-optioned numbers-matching German-market 633 CSi received upgrades in period from Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen, including front and rear spoilers, wheels, steering wheel, and shift knob. In 1984, a collector imported the BMW into the US, preserving and cherishing it for more than 30 years. Included with the sale is a notebook meticulously documenting services and fuel stops throughout his stewardship.

This 1978 BMW 633 CSi is a stunningly preserved original car. Still contemporary 40 years after its birth, it is a testament to Bracq’s brilliant design and BMW’s legendary build quality. Well documented and reported by the consignor to retain much of its original finish, this CSi presents as an outstanding preservation-class candidate as well as a superior classic German grand tourer.