The late actor had great taste in cars.
When playing James Bond, the late Sean Connery was regularly seen behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB5. In real life, Connery, who sadly passed away last year, also had great taste in cars. Between 1989 and 1990, Connery became the first owner of this left-hand drive, shark-nosed 1986 BMW 635CSi E24 before selling it in 1998. Now, this classic BMW 6 Series is looking for a new owner who will hopefully drive it more than Connery ever did.
Since Connery had a busy schedule between 1989 and 1998 starring in Hollywood films like 'Highlander II', 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 'The Hunt for Red October', 'The Russia House,' 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves', 'A Good Man in Africa', 'First Knight', and 'The Rock', the car only has 38,424 miles on the clock. That's good news for the car's next owner because it's in excellent condition. While BMWs from this period were prone to corrosion, Connery lived at 'Casa Malibu' in Marbella, Spain, where the "Iberian climate and salt-free roads" helped prevent the bodywork from rusting.
The E24 BMW 6 Series debuted back in 1976 and remained in production until 1989. In its range-topping M635CSi guise, the 6 Series topped out at 160 mph. Powered by a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine producing 220 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque, Connery's 635CSi was no slouch for the time either, achieving 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 140 mph when equipped with a manual gearbox.
The Alpine White paintwork is rust-free and mostly original, though the front and wheel arches were resprayed and the insides of the wings and engine bay were cleaned up. Inside, the authentic Pacific blue leather upholstery is in excellent condition, while the headlining has been replaced. With the exception of the cruise control, all of the electronics work including the air conditioning.
Just don't expect to find any secret buttons that activate an ejector seat, smoke screens, and machine guns. If you really want to live out your James Bond fantasies, Aston Martin is building a limited run of DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars complete with working gadgets.
After Connery sold it in 1998, the car was dry stored in the UK from 1998 to 2007 and in Luxembourg from 2008 to 2019, and also made an appearance at a BMW 100 Years event in Belgium. Despite being 35 years old, Connery's 635CSi "drive beautifully" and "starts, goes and stops precisely as the fine engineers of Dingolfing, Lower Bavaria, intended."
Listed for sale by The Market, this beautiful BMW 635CSi is expected to fetch between £30,000 ($40,794) and £60,000 ($81,588). At the time of writing, the car has a current bid of around £20,501 ($28,043), but there are still several days until the auction ends so the price could hike up.