The 8 series is one of those unfortunate cars which doesn’t get its due respect. A sizable budget was allocated for its development, this being one of the first BMWs to be designed with CAD modeling. This car also featured BMW’s first multilink rear suspension and a classic pillarless design. It’s aggressive look and performance was not enough to capture interest, as fewer than 8,000 were sold in the US market over seven years. Prices on these flagships have dropped significantly and they are slowly gaining interest by enthusiasts. This particular car for sale in California represents the final year the 8 series was sold stateside.
This particular example is a one owner car from new, that was sold new by our Crevier BMW dealership. With just 59,000 documented miles from new, this fastidiously maintained example shows like new. The owner kept a log book noting every fuel fill up and the current mileage. The car was always stored indoors, never smoked in and never in any accidents. It is all original. It has the original books and manuals as well as the original casette tape. 1997 was the final year of production for the 8 series and the 840ci was powered by BMW’s 4.4l 282hp V8 and used a 5 speed automatic transmission. It offered excellent performance and handling.
When new, these coupes started out in the mid $70,000 range; a considerable amount given inflation. This car has obviously been cared for, as evidenced by the low mileage and the log book recording each fueling stop. Details such as that tip me off that this wasn’t your average owner. Even still, $25,000 is a bit too strong considering the market. This car would talk to me if it was priced around $15,000 to $18,000.