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1994 BMW 850CSi

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Both new and now as it gains modern classic status, “reasonable” has rarely been an adjective that comes to mind with the BMW 850CSi. Yet compared to the prices we’ve seen for nice, low-mileage examples over the past few years, this silver V12 M-Powered megacoupe is exactly that. A 50k-mile 850CSi was looking for mid-$60ks less than two months ago, while this June, Classic Driver was looking for almost $90k for one with 30k miles. That makes this two-owner, well-documented and maintained example extremely reasonable at $48k. Yes, it’s a lot of money, but these are quickly gaining more respect as collector cars beyond their baseline megaluxury and performance. With a 6-speed and 375hp out of twelve cylinders, that’s still a lot for less than $50k.

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Year: 1994
Model: 850CSi
Engine: 5.6 liter V12
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 51,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction, $48,000 Buy It Now
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Very rare (1 of only 225 imported into the United States) and powerful 1994 BMW 850csi with only 51,000 miles. It is powered by the S70 V-12 engine, a BMW Motorsport enhanced version of the standard production M70 engine. In addition, the CSI features a BMW Motorsport tuned chassis and several unique cosmetic additions..

This silver/black car has been owned by current owner since January 1996 and listed new for over $100,000.

The car comes with a complete set of repair orders from 1996 to present. Although always garaged, the car has a factory BMW cover, practically new Pilot tires and even original BMW CSI floor mats.

Anyone in the market for a V12 BMW should be looking for a very well documented and clean example. No need messing around with anything that hasn’t been loved when it needs two separate computers just to run the two banks of cylinders. If the provenance proves as simple and well-done as it sounds, this is about as pragmatic a buy as an 850CSi could be.


One Comment

  1. TM
    TM November 1, 2015

    I don’t know why you guys keep comparing pricing on both sides of the Atlantic. With a car that’s less than 25 years old, the expense to import and certify a car here in the States is significant. That makes it generally impractical to buy a car in Europe and import it here.

    Also, the market is significantly different between Europe and the US. The car in question has not been a $90k type of car since the times when it was nearly brand new. The demand for E31s over here is not that high. $50-60k is close to top of the market.

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