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Stunning 850CSi sells for $147,000 USD

A​n immaculate example of a spectacular car.

Shuqi Yu posted in USA News

5w ago


A newly introduced platform with a new name, the flagship E31 8-series of the 90s was like today - the flagship coupe of the BMW range. Offered with a range of different V8 and V12 engines, the fastest and most expensive 8-Series you could buy at the time was the 5.6L V12 powered 850CSi. A concept M8 was made, however unlike today, no M version was ever put into production.

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T​he 850CSi is powered by a gigantic twelve-cylinder engine, which produced 375 horsepower and 406 ft lb of torque (280kW/550Nm) when new. Driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential, this accelerated the car from naught-to-sixty in just 5.9 seconds as tested by Road & Track magazine.

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O​ne of only 225 units imported into the United States and one of only 1510 ever built, this immaculate silver 850CSi just sold on Bring a Trailer for a whopping $147,000 USD.

First and foremost, the eye-catching Arctic Silver Metallic matches the classy and groundbreaking pillar-less design of this particular CSi, with different bumpers to the standard 8er and 17-inch forged tele-dial wheels. Additionally, the car has clocked just 31,000mi on the odometer, which is quite reasonable for a touring car from the 90s.

You don't need to look far to find out that this car is in spotless condition - as it was a participant of the 2018 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in Connecticut. If you know anything about motor shows, you'd understand how fastidious the judges at these displays are.

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T​he interior is as immaculate as the exterior as it turns your attention immediately to the Silver Grey Nappa leather seating and four-spoke steering wheel. For 1995, this car is loaded with technology from cruise control to dual-zone climate control and powered/heated seats. The car even has the original centre-console mounted phone which was a necessity back in the day for the luxury car.

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Matching the rest of the CSi, under the hood once again is absolutely spotless. The previous owner has cut no corners keeping the car maintained, with a hefty $16,000 USD service having just been completed in October 2019. As listed, this included the replacement of the clutch, flywheel, fuel injectors, ignition components, gaskets and seals, and filters and fluids as well as an extensive detail both inside and out.

A truly stunning example of a spectaular car. I'm sure the new owner will absolutely love it.

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Comments (5)

  • Loads of 840s on eBay UK for under 10 grand. Probably all nails, though.

      28 days ago
  • I like the car, and expected it to appreciate, but cannot believe that any specimen, no matter how immaculate, demand parting with $147k

      1 month ago
    • Update: adjusting for inflation, a new model (original MSRP in ‘95 was $100k) would be worth $170k today so I guess it has depreciated. Still a nice car, but I could find a more compelling make/model/year to sink my $147k of loose change into.

        1 month ago
  • This is an amazing car I always liked the 8 series, but 147,000 dollars is a lot for one.

      1 month ago
  • This is my all time favorite car and had things worked out I would have had one long before they hit these prices.

      1 month ago


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