The e24 model is a masterful combination of top-notch German engineering, timeless styling and spirited performance, all skillfully balanced on BMW's newly developed and better handling e28 chassis, powered with the rock-solid mechanicals that BMW has long been well-known for as the premier engine manufacturer in Germany's aircraft industry.
The six-series coupes are very comfortable, long-distance driving machines, which were developed out of a series of hard-fought successes on the European racing scene which early on BMW had to earn (the hard way) to even successfully begin to sell cars to the general public in any great quantity and thus allow the company to survive the lean times during the mid 1960's. In the end, it was the success of the 2002 that created the solid financial foundation for BMW to begin to redesign their new version of the 2-door Coupe concept in the early 1980's
Just as she was assembled, this vehicle shows it's original matching chassis & drive-train production numbers (for collector car purposes) Always a California owned and garaged vehicle, the ultra-smooth M30 six-cylinder motor (re-built professionally @ 163,000 miles by Bob Smith BMW in Los Angeles) coupled with the Getrag wide ratio 5-speed gearbox provides a truly amazing highway driving experience, at all speeds and under nearly all road conditions.
This original example of BMW's 'Big Coupe' is one of just a handful (only 237 in LHD) of the coveted five-speed 'California' special e24 models, these few exported to the USA upon special order during the initial years of the new e28 chassis development for BMW's new line of five and six and seven series cars.
e24 VIN: XXXX6725576 (US Specification; California Model) was assembled in Nov. '82 under special order for us through Santa Monica BMW for European delivery (Germany) Options added were Alpina's upgraded sport suspension to the vehicle (as BMW offered no sport package offered at the time) Also added was the sunroof and the newest On-Board Computer system, which tied into the Motronic system to give the driver the vehicle computer data in easily readable and real-time form. Upon US delivery, the 16