The E31 8-series (1989-1999) was available inÂ 840Ci, 850Ci and 850CSi guises. The 840 came with aÂ 4.0 liter V8 (later upgraded to 4.4 liters), while the 850 was powered by aÂ 5.0 liter V12 motor. This engine was bored outÂ toÂ 5.6 liters for the range-toppingÂ CSi version. (The cousin of an abandoned project to build anÂ M8,Â the CSi also came with aÂ 6-speed manual gearbox, stiffer steering and suspension, and a model-specificÂ bodykit.) Low slung and sleek, with pop up headlights, no B-pillars and a wedge-shaped profile, the 8-seriesÂ was undeniably gorgeous. It was also incredibly expensive, both to buy and to repair, and a little underwhelming, particularly in entry level form, where the car’sÂ performance never really matched the highlyÂ exotic exterior. That last criticism now seems a little unfair,Â since these carsÂ wereÂ sold asÂ grand tourers, not out-and-out sports cars. Still, the 8-series hasÂ remained somewhat under appreciated. AsÂ a result, entry level models can be found for a fraction of their original cost. This car is indeedÂ a base modelÂ 840Ci, but it’s definitelyÂ not cheap. That’s because it carries a number ofÂ desirable features and upgrades, including some more usually found on the CSi model.