54,300 Original Miles


Manual Transmission
5.0L V12
296 hp @ 5200 RPM*
332 lb/ft torque @ 4100 RPM*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 6.3 seconds
Top Speed: 155 MPH (L)
*Base Price in 1994: $73,600


*Seller Asking:


Fast Facts:
  • The 8 series was the first road car to feature a V12 paired with a 6spd manual. The 5.0L V12 came from the 750iL
  • In addition, the 8 Series was one of the first production cars to use drive-by-wire throttle operation. It was also the first model (along with the Z1) to feature BMW’s new multi-link rear axle
  • The 8 series was an entirely new model designed from scratch, designed to exceed the E24 6 series in every measurable way. When development started in 1981, there were disputes on whether or not consumers would pay nearly $80k for an all-new series model in 1991. For perspective, the base price of a 1981 635CSi was around $40k – and this was one of BMW’s most expensive cars at the time
  • Developing the 8 series cost BMW over 1.5 billion Deutsche Mark thanks to the use of highly advanced CAD software and tooling (very few cars in the 80’s were born from CAD technology). Wind tunnel testing allowed for a 0.29 drag coefficient- far superior to the E24 6 series (.39). The E24 6 series was used as a test bed for most of the 8 series development
  • The 8 series used some of the most advanced pop-up headlights ever featured on a car – each headlight assembly includes low beams, high beams and fog lights
  • The 850i was the first production car to utilize a CAN (Controller Area Network). This substantially reduced the number of wires throughout the car, reducing weight and complexity
  • An M8 was in the works, but world events such as the global recession (early ’90s), the Persian Gulf War, and energy price hikes meant that 8 series sales were dismal. BMW could not justify production of a 550 V12 sports car, which shared most of its engine parts with the McLaren F1
  • Instead, BMW offered a limited production high performance variant called the 850CSi, which was only available with a manual transmission. The engine in this car (code named S70B56) was also related to the engine in the McLaren F1 (code named S70/2) which owned the title as the fastest production car in the world (248 mph). This engine was so complex that it required two engine computers to run (one for each bank)
Key Model Year Changes:
  • First year of the 8 series (E31)
  • The following year (1992) saw an updated Electronic Damping Control system that provided a more pronounced differentiation between Sport and Comfort mode. A gearshift interlock was added to the automatic transmission to prevent shifting out of park unless the brake pedal was pressed. The tips of the wiper and turn-signal stalks can now control the in-car phone
  • The name changes to “850Ci” in 1993 – the C is to emphasize the Coupe body style
  • The V8 model didn’t arrive until 1994 (840Ci) which shared the M62 V8 from the 540i
  • Also in 1994, the engine is upgraded to the larger 5.4L M73 (replacing the 5.0 M70). Power output increases to 322hp
  • Production ends in 1997
Seller Notes:
  • 1 of roughly 528 North American-spec examples equipped with a 6spd for 1991
  • Factory Black (086) on black. The front bumper cover and driver’s door were reportedly repainted under previous ownership
  • A paint correction was performed and ceramic coating was applied to the paint in March 2020
  • Upgraded BMW single-CD unit and a Bluetooth adapter. Original radio included
  • Original car phone, service records, a window sticker, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Georgia title are included
  • Suspension was refreshed in 2019 with replacement upper and lower control arms, front sway bar bushings, tie rods, Bilstein shocks and struts, trailing arm bushings, and Eibach Pro lowering springs
  • The timing chain tensioner, engine mounts, and ignition components were replaced
  • A black headliner was installed, along with a custom center arm rest pad. Several interior plastics have been re-dyed
  • The Multi-Information Display was reportedly repaired by Bavtek in 2019


  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia – (more photos below)
  • Update: car has been sold

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