Survivor: 1983 BMW 633 CSi

Too much BMW and Porsche content on the site? Probably. But when we run across two examples that are as nice as the ones we have posted yesterday and today, we run with the opportunity to share them. Stay tuned for more diversity this week, but for the moment let’s enjoy this all original 1983 BMW 633Csi with only 54k miles on it’s clock as the subject for today’s Survivor. The classic shape of these with their large greenhouse is a timeless design, one that today’s modern BMW’s unfortunately can’t touch. We often wonder if there will ever be a following for Bangle designed cars in the future like there is with these shark noses now. We just can’t see it, but we have been proven wrong before so come join us on the following page as we inspect this example up close and personal and make more opinionated remarks…
This 5 speed manual, limited slip example is currently for sale at Canepa and can be found linked at the bottom of the page. It is completely unrestored, aside from what looks like the front spoiler having been resprayed judging from the over spray on the radiator surround from underneath the car. The car is said to have originally been a European delivery car and has all of it’s books and also service records going back to 1996.
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The shop spent 200 hours detailing it, and the results show. The past 2 owners have shown it at BMWCCA events, although there is no mention of whether it achieved any awards. Whatever the case, this car is ridiculously clean underneath, inside and out.
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We like the fact that it has limited slip as an option and a 5 speed manual, but it is not specified whether it is a wide or close ratio, both available at the time.
The inline 6’s 194 hp, 204 ft lb of torque engine didn’t exactly make the 3,300 pound car a rocket ship, that duty was left to the M6 introduced in later years. These were grand tourers, slightly bigger cars overall than the 3.0 CS series that they replaced, a design that was first produced in 1965.
Rather than make the older design slightly larger for ease of customer’s egress and ingress, Bob Lutz said hell no, that ain’t happening under my watch in his typical form that we love and came up with a completely different alternative, which was the 6 Series. Amen.
The new 6 Series Coupe absolutely dwarfs these originals, and are actually more close in overall size to the new 4 Series blob. Nice cars to drive, no doubt, but certainly missing the styling points of their vintage heirs.
If we had to nitpick this gorgeous all original example, we would probably swap out the modern BBS rims for some period correct bottle caps and maybe try and source some original sport seats, as well. We’d also toss the third brake light, which wasn’t made mandatory in the United States until 1986 model year vehicles.
Extremely nice shape, nonetheless, and although there is no price given we have linked Hagerty’s Valuation Guide below to give an idea as to it’s value. They list an ’81 model year in Condition 1 at $13,000 for a show quality car, as an example of what to expect.
Hopefully it’s next owner will take as good care of it as it’s previous and assume that it’s listed at a price high enough to keep the scavengers out who might not.
Find it here at:
4900 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, California 95066
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1 Comment on Survivor: 1983 BMW 633 CSi

  1. Wow, that is in amazing condition and apparently still for sale. I’m picking up a 1983 CSI today, a medium-risk $1,800 restoration project that will keep me and my wallet occupied for the next year or so.

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