1979 BMW M1

M. It’s perhaps one of the most powerful letters in the automotive realm. With a history dating back to 1972 to edge BMW closer to the high performance market, their first vehicle to bear the M badge was this car, the M1. Revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 1978, this car came about as the result of an agreement between BMW and Lamborghini to build a car to be homologated for racing. Equipped with the M88 inline six cylinder engine, this 3.5 liter unit with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection produced 276 horsepower.
After the production of a few prototypes, BMW took over the project from Lamborghini due to financial difficulties with the Italian manufacturer. Only 476 of these cars were built, making them the rarest M car ever. This M1 for sale in New York was produced early on in the production run and retained for promotional purposes by BMW.

1979 BMW M1 on eBay

VIN# WBS59910004301011
Year: 1979
Color: Blue with black leather

The Motorsport division of BMW was set up in 1972 to handle the racing activities of the company. By 1978 the division had evolved to the point where they were ready to produce their own car. The M1 became the first car developed by the M division. The intended use of the M1 was to compete in the World Sportscar Championship. It was designed specifically to be a racecar but in order to qualify for the Championship series 450 M1’s would need to be built. BMW couldn’t use 450 M1 racecars so most of them were built as street cars and sold to the public.

The car came from California where it had resided from at least 1981. It was the eleventh chassis and the 16th car built. It was completed December 21, 1978 and retained by BMW for display and promotional purposes. It has just 23,723 miles. It is fitted with factory air conditioning and BBS wheels which were specially engineered to M1 specification. It looks great and runs even better. It has factory A/C and an upgraded stereo.

For only $195,000

“For only $195,000” may sound absurd, but actually, that’s about close to the average of where M1 values are today. A few M1s have traded hands at auction this year. There was a 1980 M1 offered at Mecum that hammered at $185,000 and another 1980 example that sold at Gooding & Company for $242,000.

To get a bit of a flavor for what an M1 looks and sounds like on the track, here is some footage from the 2009 Nürburgring 24 Hour Classic:

-Paul

1988 BMW M5

The 1980s brought big change to the automotive landscape. Technologies such as fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and airbags began to find their way into more mainstream motors. Vehicle segments like the minivan and sports utility vehicle also took hold. But for my enthusiast mindset, one car grabbed my attention like none other and changed the game when it came to high performance: the BMW M5.

Originally introduced to Europe in 1984, this E28 based super sedan appeared in the US for one model year only in 1988, even though all US bound M5s were built from late 1986 through late 1987. Available only in black, this 256 horsepower beast embarassed many a purpose built sports car on the road and track. Not only was it fast in a straight line, but the M5’s handling prowess baffled many to understand how the engineers at BMW Motorsport got a four-door sedan to behave in such a manner.

The E28 M5 was the fourth rarest M car ever built, behind the 850CSi, E34 M5 Touring and M1. This M5 is for sale right in my backyard of suburban Philadelphia. I’ve never seen it around on the streets, but it is clear from the photos and description that the attention it deserves has been lavished upon it.

1988 BMW M5 on eBay

My remarkably outstanding 1988 BMW E28 M5 is up for auction. It’s time to streamline a bit even though this is a tough one. My car has 168,000 well cared for miles and has never seen the rain or snow. I’m the 4th owner and all have been true BMW enthusiasts who pride themselves on impeccable maintenance. I have all records and you may email me at corsteiner@aol.com for a thorough overview of what’s been done and when (all on a single page word document). All fluids and maintenance are up-to-date and I literally just changed the oil (and filter, of course) with Valvoline VR1 20W50 Racing Oil.

The valves were adjusted at at 162,500 miles and the clutch replaced at 165,000. This was the first clutch replacement and it came out in very good shape. It was getting a little stiff so replacing it wasn’t excessive. The condition of the first replacement at that mileage indicates the responsible ownership of this car throughout its life. Aside from normal and thorough maintenance this car has Dinan Software and a Dinan Cam Gear. This combo adds to the low end a bit without sacrificing anything on top thereby enhancing the powerband for typical street driving. There’s an AutoThority Short Shifter Kit which has a GREAT feel.

The head unit is a Nakamichi CD-400 with Blaupunkt speakers in the rear deck. This is probably the only aftermarket head unit that “works” in this car. The shocks, springs and all hardware are new wtih Koni’s up front and Bilstein HD’s in the rear. The front is slightly lower than stock giving a more aesthetic look. The wheels are BBS RX’s and there’s no catalytic converter – please check your state laws on this before bidding, but you should be good-to-go in most cases.

The seat leather has been very professionally replaced and looks great. The only minor issue (which is a non-issue for most) is that the heating in the seats doesn’t work. Everything else, though, is fine. The tires are Bridgestone RE050A’s with about half or more of their life left. The air conditioning works, but has a slow leak. An occasional recharging resolves that if you even use the air. The only other minor issue is a slowly leaking steering hose.

Not only does it drive and run exceptionally well, but it doesn’t burn or consume any oil. I change the oil every 2,000 miles and don’t have to add any during that interval. The oil level doesn’t drop on the dipstick and stays a nice golden color during the entire 2,000 miles. This is (from what I understand) very uncanny, but probably a testament to having been broken in properly and handled with care throughout.

Please let me know if you have any questions and/or would like me to email you the summary. This is truly one of the best examples out there of the venerable E28 M5. Thank you, Happy Bidding and I welcome any and all inquiries.

Even though we’ve come across lower mileage M5s on this site, I like this car not only for the level of detail provided by the seller but the fact that it has been used as intended over its quarter century lifetime. Personally, I’d be cautious when buying an M5 like this that has been stored away without regular exercise. E28 M5 prices, like many vintage M cars, are steadily on the rise these days. The last E28 M5 we featured sold for $16,500. That particular car had just over 100,000 miles. We even saw a 1988 535i Euro conversion sell for $17,455. I’d wager that this car might see a final bid somewhere around $12,000 to $14,000, as the higher mileage and lack of catalytic converter might hold it back a bit.

-Paul

2000 BMW 323i Touring

Welcome to the latest installment of “Cars that Should Have Been Built, But Never Were.” Today we have the BMW “M3” Touring.

It’s one of the more ironic trends in the US auto market in recent years. Wagons are on the rise in popularity, yet manufacturers are discontinuing all of the cool ones. Wagons like the S4 Avant and the V70R Estate that appealed to enthusiasts have been phased out, in favor of 4 cylinder, automatic boredom machines, leaving enthusiasts to take matters in to their own hands.

That’s exactly what the owner of this 323iT did. By combining the best of BMW wagons with later model M3 components, it has gone from a 170bhp family hauler to a 333bhp ass hauler. With all of the right M3 parts to make this car more than just an engine swap, the owner has overlooked nothing in the completeness of this transformation.

For wagon enthusiasts and performance car lovers a like, this clean modified 323iT for sale in Chicago, IL represents the best of both worlds.

2000 BMW 323i Touring on Autotrader.com

 

Have you ever dreamed of owning a BMW wagon with all the performance of an M3? If so then this is the car for you! This 2000 BMW 323it has been fully and seamlessly converted into an M3 to create the ultimate in utility and performance. Lots of time, money, and dedication were put into ensuring that no shortcuts were taken, and it shows! The body of this car has about 130,000 miles on, but don’t let the high miles worry you. Every bit of the drivetrain on this car was swapped from a 2004 M3 coupe with 55,000 miles including: 3.2L 333 hp Inline 6 engine, 6-Speed manual transmission, Full rear end (including subframe, differential and axles), Brakes/Suspension (control arms, trailing arms, links, etc.), Gauge cluster that reflects the actual drivetrain mileage, Steering wheel, Exhaust, Trunk floor sectioned in (along with mobility kit), all welds seam-sealed, HVAC/Air conditioning/Cruise control/all electrical functions work as intended.

The car has also received some factory BMW (non-M3) and aftermarket upgrades. The front fenders/hood/headlights were converted to the 2002+ facelift parts, and brought with the addition of bi-xenon headlights. The front bumper and mirrors are M3 style, and the rest of the car still maintains all original paint in great condition. The interior features trim from the ZHP model 3 series and a Whalen Shift Machine stainless steel shift knob. Currently, the car sits on FK coilover suspension and 17′ Fikse FM10 wheels. This one-of-a-kind wagon is wolf in sheep’s clothing, but still turns heads with its good looks.

This car really speaks to my inner wagon geek, as it has almost everything I’d want in a wagon (minus AWD). There is no doubt that this car was someone’s labor of love, and it shows in the attention to detail. From the driveline to the interior, this is truly a car that BMW could have built.

Like I said, I love this car and the concept behind it, but in order for me to shell out that sort of money for something like this, I’d have to go over it with a fine toothed comb, as almost everything on this car has been gone through and modified. While that sounds good, the workmanship would need to be top notch in order to command the top dollar that this car is.

When it comes to putting a price tag on something like this, it ultimately comes down to what someone is willing to pay. This car is priced right up there with the 2004 M3 from which many of its parts came from, but at the end of the day, it’s just a modified 323iT, so where should the pricing fall? With a clean 2000 323iT priced just shy of $10,000, and a 2004 M3 going for $22,000, I’d think a fair value for this car to be somewhere in the $16,000 to $17,000 arena.

-Brian

The market continues upward: Original 1990 BMW E30 M3 for sale

It appears there will be a day when we all fondly remember when E30 M3s were for sale for *just* $30,000. We’ll all kick ourselves as hindsight shows we should have done everything we could to snag an original one and stash it in a garage to massively appreciate while the rest of the global economy rollercoasters its way through the 21st century. Today, however, I’m going to have to just come right out and say it: I think $30k for a plain-jane, albeit sub-100k mile and well cared-for, E30 M3 is a bit much. Alas, I don’t make the market, the sellers and buyers do, and apparently this seller thinks his 90k-mile M3 will be bought for $32k. Wave goodbye to the accessible E30 M3. The only way this ship’s coming back in is a lottery win or a career in private equity.

1990 BMW E30 M3 for sale on BMWCCA.org


Notes from the seller:

heated seats, R134 a/c, Rogue exhaust, Evo III plug wires, UUC short-shifter, Igo 93 chip, Euro tow-hook covers, original Uniroyal spare, Viper alarm, no dash cracks, matching VINs, full service history, lots of recent work, original window sticker, clean Carfax.

Now, it’s worth it to look through all of the photos, because they demonstrate that this truly is an immaculate M3 inside and out. No mods or bruises from rough use here. I just thought that meant a ~$25k M3, not $32k. Maybe buyers will work the seller down a litlte, but there’s no question that E30 M3 appreciation is here to stay.

-NR

Scared of Clowns? Scary BMW Clownshoe M-Coupe for Sale

Despite a love for reading Stephen King novels in elementary school, I refused to watch or read “It.” Whether it was this refusal, a general lack of exposure, or just a stroke of luck, I never harbored the visceral terror that clowns inspire in many people. When it comes to cars, I’m actually far to the other side of the spectrum, as I am inextricably drawn to clown-shoe cars. Be it the Ferrari Breadvan, Volvo P1800 wagon, Jensen FF or copycat Ferrari FF, the 2-door shooting brake style gets me going. The ultimate expression of this funky/sporty/useful design is the first generation BMW M Coupe. It added a whole new dimension to the otherwise-forgettable Z3 form and earned BMW all kinds of props from car enthusiasts pleased with a manufacturer willing to get weird.

On the topic of getting weird, however, we have today’s M Coupe in Texas. If you dig a little, you’ll find a well put-together and loved car that must be a blast to drive. If you judge the book by its cover though, it’s all scary clown. I count at least 5 overwrought aero bits that give me that uncomfortable laughing/terrified feeling. With just one owner and a $20k Buy-It-Now, however, it may be worth your time to strip away the honking nose and extreme clothes, revealing a simpler, kickass clown shoe.

1999 BMW M Coupe for sale on eBay


From the seller:

1999 BMW Z3 M COUPE / DINAN / HAMANN / ONE OWNER, RARE AND METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED.
This is a very rare, one owner, meticulously maintained vehicle. Less than 2300 of these cars were produced in the world. Having to sell due to health reasons.
This vehicle has been maintained to the extreme, have all records and I am the original owner. You won’t find a nicer M Coupe out there.
EXTERIOR: Imola Red, INTERIOR: Imola Red and Black Leather Interior, BMW HK Premium Sound System w/ in dash CD and 6 disc changer in cargo area, Moon roof / Sun roof, BMW OEM European Headlights and tail lights.
ENGINE MODIFICATIONS:
DINAN Stage 4 Engine Software, DINAN Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake
DINAN High Flow Air Sensor, DINAN High Flow Air Meter, DINAN Oil Cooler System
DINAN Stainless Steel Exhaust System, DINAN Carbon Fiber Fuel Rail Cover and DINAN Carbon Fiber Engine Cover

SUSPENSION MODIFICATIONS:
DINAN Stage 4 Suspension System – NEW DINAN KONI’S Front and Rear, DINAN Shock Tower Brace
ROGUE ENGINEERING Rear Shock Mounts, UUC Short Throw Shift Kit
BREMBO Drilled and Slotted Rotors – Front and Rear

AERODYNAMICS:
HAMANN Front Bumper / Spoiler w/ DE Projector Driving / Fog Lights
HAMANN Carbon Fiber Front Spoiler Splitters
HAMANN Side Skirt Splitters, HAMANN Rear Diffuser, HAMANN Roof Spoiler, BMW OEM Hatch Spoiler

INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS:
HAMANN Aluminum Pedal Set, HAMANN E-Brake Handle, HAMANN Pistol Grip Shift Knob
Z-LEATHER A-Pillar Pod w/ VDO Oil Pressure Gauge

RECENT MAINTENANCE PERFORMED:
Clutch Assembly, Rotors and Brake Pads, Tie Rods, Dinan-Koni’s (front and rear), POWERFLEX Polyurethane Bushings, Oil & Filter (Royal Purple Every 3,000 Miles),
New Radiator With Complete Update of Cooling System, New Tires on Rear (TOYO TR-1’S), And BMW Inspection II Completed.
This car is a multi-show winner and in 2006 was Best of Show at The Texas Driver Magazine’s Oktoberfest All German Car Show.

The attention to detail and work under the skin by the single owner are definite pluses, and I’m even a fan of these rear fender stoneguards. While slightly lower-mileage and similarly-modified examples have gone in the low $20ks, the price still seems a tad high when you could keep hunting for an S54 version and be instantly faster. Something around $18k sounds right to me, but the thin market makes it hard to say. If you like scaring children or adults with bad childhood memories though, this is definitely the clown shoe for you.

-NR

1988 BMW M6

We’re all big fans of the E24 6 series here at GCFSB, particularly the M6. Given my distaste for the current crop of new BMWs, I have dreams of getting my hands on a clean, original M6 some day. They were, and still are, one of my favorite cars from the 1980s. This M6 for sale in California is closing in on 100,000 miles and looks sharp in Zinnoberrot.

1988 BMW M6 on eBay

Offered for an appreciating new owner is this rare and exceptional 1988 BMW M6 “Shark!” Finished in mostly all original and still gleaming “Zinnoberrot” red paint over tan leather hides, this E24 chassic classic M6 has been driven just over 95,400 miles since purchased new 25 years ago. It sports the 256 horsepower 24 valve inline six cylinder engine mated to the 5 speed manual transmission. Stopping power is provided by four-wheel disc brakes with ABS anti-lock.

Standard luxury, sport and safety features include driver side airbag, electric windows, heated electric leather seating and sunroof, cruise control and CD stereo. This example sports upgraded 17″ BMW “style 5” wheels with excellent rubber [the original set of non-serviceable metric wheels are also include if new owner wishes to have them]. Overall this is a stunning example of an appreciating collectible classic BMW coupe that sold originally for $59,000 in 1988. Offered here with low reserve or buy-it-now!

THE BODY AND TRIM
As I hope is articulated in the photos here, the body, trim and paint of this M6 are in excellent to mint condition overall with a few small blemishes, nicks, and imperfections. This is absolutely one of the most beautiful BMW designs ever to grace the roadways!

THE INTERIOR
The interior of this car is in very good to excellent condition overall! All of the controls and gauges work as they should from the cold A/C to the onboard computer to the electric windows and sunroof. The leather, headliner, dash and carpets are all in very good clean condition. There is some slight typical wear on the left side of the driver seat bolster.

THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE
This M6 starts, runs and drives VERY WELL. The engine has great smooth power with fabulous high-revving “MOTORSPORT” acceleration, the transmission shift beautifully with added UUC short shift kit. The braking is strong and true with excellent pedal feel. The suspension is slightly stiff and quite stout free of any clunks or rattles with excellent tracking. This car is an absolute joy to motor down the open road at either double or triple digits!

Even with 100,000 miles, this M6 still has a lot of life left in it. Average prices for these coupes are ranging between $15,000 to $20,000 these days, with exceptional examples commanding $25,000 to $30,000. I’d say the Buy It Now is a bit over what I’d pay, given the mileage. The car certainly looks clean and it’s no secret that M6 values are beginning to creep up, but I’d want to see somewhere around 60,000 to 75,000 on the clock for that kind of money. I’d say anywhere between $16,000 and $18,000 might be a good estimate for where this M6 will wind up.

-Paul

1991 BMW M5

I always feel as if the E34 BMW M5 gets lost in whole BMW Motorsports lineup, as it followed the original E28 M5 and preceeded the E39 M5, which, for good reason, enthusiasts fawn over. Over the past year though, while I sift through listings of potential vehicles for this site, I’ve grown to appreciate the E34 M5 more and more. It captures that mix of classic and modern BMW styling so very well; while it looks mild, it will deliver massive thrills if you step hard on the loud pedal. With E28 M5 prices rising and good E39 M5s still concentrated around the $20,000 mark, the E34 is an M5 that is accessible to many and lacks little, with the amazing 3.6 liter inline six cylinder engine good for 307 horsepower in North American trim. This E34 M5 for sale in Kansas comes with all books and service records, a low 50,000 miles on the clock and looks the business in this black on black color combo.

1991 BMW M5 on eBay

1991 BMW M5 Black with Black leather interior, Like new, always garaged, Never driven in the rain or snow. Only 50,686 original miles. All service records, books and original window sticker. Upgraded wheels. Also comes with original tires and wheels. See pics. Engine hood repainted to cover stone chips from highway driving. Before 1993, the left front fender was replace due to a minor parking lot incident. Drives and looks new. Car is completely stock, No disappointments!

Deposit of $500 is due within 48 hours, paypal only. Balance is due in full within 10 days, we will accept cash in person, bank check, or wire transfer. Paypal will not be accepted for the balance due. Vehicle will be released when full payment is received and all funds are guaranteed. Car is advertised locally, we reserve the right to cancel at anytime.

As much as I like the later throwing star alloy wheels that appeared on E34 M5s from 1992 on, the M-parallel wheels are a great upgrade on this modern classic. Well kept E34 M5s with under 100,000 miles tend to hover around the $10,000 mark these days, with exceptional examples reaching into the $15,000 to $20,000 territory. Anything above that tends to creep into later, E39 M5 territory. My only problem with this car is that it isn’t closer to me. But that’s probably a good thing, especially my wallet.

-Paul

2000 BMW M5

A decade on, the E39 BMW M5 is still one of the most revered sports sedans to ever turn a wheel. With its 400 horsepower V8 and 6 speed manual transmission, this was a car designed to get you there in a hurry. Values on E39 M5s have fallen to a point where enthusiasts of more modest means can sample the greatness BMW offered at the turn of the century. This M5 for sale in Texas has been maintained to a high standard and has me itching to move back into a Bimmer in the near future.

2000 BMW M5 on eBay

2000 BMW M5 sports sedan, 59k miles, 6-speed manual, Titanium Silver w/ Black leather. Equipped w/ Navigation, sport seats, heated seats, Alcantara headliner, moonroof, etc. Nicest one around. This car has had its Maintenance II service done and recent oil/inspection service just 200 miles ago at the local BMW dealer. All service history from BMW and car is absolutely stunning. Also has a set of newer Michelin Pilot sports and the fit and finish of the alloy wheels impeccable (see pics). All lenses and dash gauges clear and crisp and the car still retains the factory BMW leather smell. Wood not dry or faded and all pixels in excellent shape. It is a nonsmoker and stays in the garage at all times. The car looks virtually new and you must see to believe it.

If you are tired of looking at average M5’s come take a look as it maybe the nicest one in existence. I have all the books, manuals, receipts, brochures, extra keys, original M5 floor mats, full spare w/ extra wheel and tools. This is destined to be a collector piece of BMW history and the compliments it receives from gawkers are endless. I have a clear, clean Texas title in my possession and has been serviced by a factory, authorized dealer. There are no stories w/ the car and it has not been modified or abused. It was sold to me on trade of a Ferrari I just delivered. Owned by a mature gentleman, BMW club member and very picky driver. No food or drink allowed inside and always kept pristine. Asking price of $22.9k.

Clean M5s with under 75,000 miles tend to hover right around the $20,000 mark these days, give or take. There’s a lot to like about this car, such as the full history, factory authorized servicing and ownership by a BMW club member. I’d say given the careful ownership, the asking price isn’t way off the mark.

-Paul

1999 BMW M Coupe

In the decade that has passed since its introduction, the BMW M Coupe has amassed a cult following. A two seat hatchback with looks that weren’t necessarily well received when it was new, the M Coupe has made a name for itself as an uncompromised sports car and hero of track days everywhere. When first introduced in 1998, US bound M Coupes came equipped with the same S52 inline six cylinder engine that was under the hood of the E36 M3. Later in 2001, the 3.2 liter S54 inline six found its way under the hood of the M Coupe, packing 315 horsepower in US trim. This M Coupe for sale in Florida is the earlier S52 powered variant that is looking sharp despite the distance under its tires.

1999 BMW M Coupe on eBay

You are looking at a RARE 1999 M Coupe in Estoril Blue over tu tone Blue/Black interior. Less than 3,000 M Coupes built between 1999 and 2001. All 1999 thru 2000 M Coupes have the s52 E36 M3 engine with 240hp. I bought in summer 2008 with 105k miles, now it has 110k miles. Dont be fooled by the mileage, most low mileage cars havent been driven enough, tend to sit and change owners alot, and most services are skipped. My BMW is in excellent condition and I have owned it the past 4 years.

As you can see by the pics, there are no dents, no dings, no rips, no tears, cold A/C and is in excellent condition with Vin numbers on all panels. All maintenance up to date and comes with service records during my ownership. Tires are in excellent condition and you can see the stock rims have no curb rash or blemishes. My M coupe is all stock except for the radio. I have owners manual, 2 keys, and clear title in hand. I am thinning out my car collection of 9, sorry no trades. Fly to Orlando, take a vacation, and drive home in a BMW. This BMW is listed for sale “as is” without any warranties.

This car is making me rethink my “never buy a high mileage M car” mantra. If this was a lower mileage example, it might bring somewhere between $15,000 to $20,000, but with over 100,000 on the clock, we’re probably looking at somewhere between $12,000 to $14,000. Even still, with this kind of mileage, this car is in fantastic condition and looks great in Estoril Blue. I have a hunch that like the original E30 M3, these M Coupes are going to take off price wise in the future. This may just be the chance to get in on the ground floor.

-Paul

1994 BMW 850CSi

The 8 series coupe was always a bit of a step child in the BMW lineup. A little over 31,000 were made over a ten year time span and they always played a bit of a second fiddle to that other sporting car from Germany, the Mercedes SL. Granted, these cars attracted very different demographics. In the middle of its lifespan, a tuned version of the 8 series appeared – the 850CSI. Fewer than 300 were ever made and they packed the company’s M modified S70B56 5.6 liter V12 mated to a 6 speed manual. These cars are beginning to take off in popularity in a way akin to the very last Porsche 928, the GTS. This 850CSi for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona has 84,000 miles on it and certainly belies that it has that much usage under its belt from the pictures.

1994 BMW 850CSi on JamesList

The BMW 8 Series (chassis code: E31) is a V8 or V12-engined 2-door 2+2 coupe built by BMW from 1989 to 1999. The 8 Series was developed as an entirely new class aimed at a different market, with a substantially higher price and better performance than the 6 series. It was BMW’s flagship car and had an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Over 1.5 billion Deutschemark was spent on total development (2008 USD nearly $1 billion). BMW used CAD tools, still unusual at the time, to design the car’s all-new body. Combined with wind tunnel testing, the resulting car had a drag coefficient of 0.29, a major improvement from the previous BMW M6/635CSi’s 0.39. The 8 Series offered the first V-12 engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox on a road car. It was also one of the first vehicles to be fitted with an electronic “fly-by-wire” throttle. The 8 Series was one of BMW’s first cars, together with the Z1, to use a multi-link rear axle.

As a top-of-the-range sports touring car, the 850CSi took over from the prototype M8. The 850CSi’s exclusive modified suspension included stiffer springs and dampers and reduced the car’s ride height. The recirculating ball steering ratio was dropped 15% over the stock E31 setup. The model also sported wider wheels, with the option of forged alloys. The 850CSi also sported exclusive front and rear bumpers that were reshaped for improved aerodynamic performance. Four round stainless steel exhaust tips replaced the square tips found on the lower tier 8 series models.

Our Brighton Motorsports 1994 BMW 850 CSi Coupe is exceptionally rare, and the MOST desirable example of the 8 Series breed. Over the 10 year model run BMW produced 31,062 8 Series units with worldwide production of the 850Csi at 1,510, of which only 225 were imported to North America. The 850 CSi also had the most powerful V12, displacing 5.6L with 375HP and 410 FT. LB. of torque on tap, easily propelling this immensely capable grand touring car to 100kph (62mph) in a blistering 5.6 seconds, which is exceptionally fast considering the car’s curb weight of 4,350 lbs.

This 850CSi is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, which was the only option available for the CSi. There’s also Power Heated Seats, Onboard Computer, Dual Zone Climate Control, Power Sunroof, Wood Interior Trim throughout, Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel & Gear Shift, Custom Alloy Wheels with Chrome Lip, and Premium Sound System. The original set of alloy wheels and tires also go with the car, so the new owner can put it back to stock and sell the newer 20” wheels and tires which were purchased at cost of over $5,000.00. This 850CSi has been meticulously maintained with no expense spared by the current owner since it was purchased by him in 1995. We also have all the maintenance records dating back to June 8th 1995, when it had 13,441 miles on it. The odometer currently indicates 83,790 miles. This is a truly a remarkable and unique opportunity to own a superlative driving machine.

Unlike other 8 series coupes, the CSi models aren’t a cheap proposition, as they were built in limited numbers. The last CSi we featured was an extremely low mileage example that was being offered for a mint. At a little over $30,000, this is still not cheap for an almost 20 year old car with nearly 84,000 miles that won’t be that cheap to run. One thing I’m not a fan of with this car is the wheels. Thankfully, the OEM rims are included with the sale. Given this car comes with a history dating back to 1995, I’d feel a bit more comfortable about the mileage closing on 100,000. Even though these can be a needy modern classic, so few were made that the 225 examples ever made shouldn’t have much trouble finding decent homes.

-Paul