*** UPDATE: This car has now been sold for £57,750 all inclusive ***
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The BMW 8 Series is truly an iconic car and it was much ahead of its time when it was launched in 1989 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. What a spectacle it must have been back then, something space age and arguably far more technically advanced than any other car at that time. As most people will know I love the Porsche 911 and have a few in my collection, however, when I compare sitting in my 1989 3.2 to the 850CSi, the differences are astounding. The 911 feels like something from the 60’s (as of course it is and that’s why we love them) and the 8 Series is like something from the future (even today, around thirty years later). It’s difficult to believe both cars were in manufactured in the same year.
So we all know the 8 Series is a fantastic car and its following is growing by the month and for those in the know, the 850CSi is on another level all together. It’s the top of the model range and took over from the prototype M8. The 850CSi used the same engine plan as the 850i, which was tuned so significantly that BMW assigned it a new engine code – BMW S70B56. The modifications included a capacity increase to 5.6 litres and power increase to 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp).
The 850CSi’s modified suspension included stiffer springs and dampers that reduced the ride height. The recirculating ball steering ratio was dropped 15% over the stock E31 setup. The front and rear bumpers were reshaped for improved aerodynamic performance. Four round stainless steel exhaust tips replaced the square tips found on other models. The 6-speed manual gearbox was the only transmission option. In Europe, all 850CSi’s came with four-wheel steering (AHK – Aktive Hinterachs-Kinematik, Active rear axle Kinematics), up rated and ventilated brakes with floating front discs, rear differential oil cooler, engine oil cooler, two-tone interior, sports seats, and reshaped mirrors.
Production ended in late 1996 because the S70 engine could not be modified to comply with new emission regulations without substantial re-engineering. However, this has kept numbers down making the 850CSi very rare, as only 1,510 were produced. Compare this to circa 30,000 for the lower model options (840Ci / 850i / 850Ci) and you can see why the ‘rare’ status is well deserved.
Take a look at the Petrolicious video here to see why the 850CSi is the ultimate dream machine.
This almost concours and rare 850CSi is owned by Mark. Mark has owned this car for nearly three years and has built a beautiful car collection of over fifteen cars with the help of his brother-in-law; Rob Carrigan. Mark loves the thrill of buying the best examples he can, once added to his collection he then enjoys driving them when he’s in the country. Mark really does only buy the best-of-the-best examples, and we are very fortunate to be handling the sale of his collection.
So why is Mark now selling his collection? Well, Mark is based overseas and these days he doesn’t get the opportunity to drive his collection as much as he’d like, as more recently his business opportunities are keeping him abroad, so the time has come to pass the cars to new custodians.
Rob looks after the collection for Mark and no expense has been spared in the maintenance of the vehicles. Rob makes sure that whatever the cars need are actioned straight away using specialist garages and original parts. Even the finest indoor covers have been purposely made for each individual car at a cost of over £300 each, and are included in the sale. Every car is securely stored in a new and dry professional unit, as can be seen in our media footage.
The bodywork and paint is in excellent condition as can be seen in the images and video. You’d be very hard pressed to find a better 850CSi example in as such original condition as this car.
Wheels & Tyres
Original factory wheels are fitted, i.e. BMW’s two-piece light alloy wheels in cross-spoke styling with 235/45 R 17 on the front and 265/40 R 17 at the rear, and wrapped in almost new Falken Azenis tyres.
The bodywork is exceptional on this car. This is without doubt the best 8 Series we have seen in recent years. We didn’t find any bodywork related issues on our visual inspection. There are no parking dents and the panel fit all looks visually correct.
The paint work is also exceptional on this stunning 8 Series, from our visual inspection it certainly looks to be factory paint, as we can see no signs of spraying. The colour is even and deep on every panel, even in direct sunlight. We also couldn’t see any difference in colour on the nose cone that is so often subject to a re-spray to remedy stone chips. We only found a few small (and we mean very small) stone chips on the car. These have been highlighted in the video footage. I think these could be easily remedied by a professional chip removal expert, and with a professional detailing session this car could be a contender for concours events.
Glass and Trim
Like the rest of the car, the glass and trim are all in excellent condition. The rubber seal on the NS rear window has a small split in it and needs to be replaced, a very small job. There are a two age related stress marks on the lower corners of the rear window as shown in our media pack.
What can I say about the interior other than ‘wow’ – the two tone grey leather is simply beautiful and in excellent condition The cabin really is a lovely place to be with no issues noticed during our visual inspection.
Seats and Carpets
The leather seats are in excellent condition with hardly any wear, even on the driver’s seat squab and bolster.
The dashboard and gauges are all in the condition expected with such a low mileage and well looked after car.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
The car has its original steering wheel and gear stick and both are in excellent condition.
We took the car out on our regular ‘on the road’ run and it performed without a problem, along with starting on the button. Please review the video footage to see the cold start and how the car performed on a run with Kulraj interviewing Rob during the drive.
Engine and Gearbox
There are no issues with the engine or gearbox. The gearbox had an issue in 2016 and Mark claimed on the warranty for a replacement – this was over £7k as supplied by BMW. The engine, gearbox and clutch all perform perfectly during our short on the road test.
Suspension and Brakes
The car has no knocks or rattles coming from the suspension. As mentioned, the car has always had the best care in the last three years of Mark’s ownership, and you’ll see receipts for all work carried out.
The drive was without fault, the 5.6L pulling strong and all gears being selected without issue.
Electrics and Other
We checked all the main electrics and they performed without fault. A battery conditioner is fitted when the vehicle is not in use to maintain the levels of the battery due to the complexity of the electrical system. Rob tells us the air conditioning is working perfectly and it had some condenser seals replaced in the last two years.
Please review the picture file to see the invoices and previous MOT’s that come with the car. The original service book has been lost at some point, however, there are invoices for some service history. I understand it may be possible to request a replacement and contact BMW to find out where the car was serviced and have it re-stamped.
Update 05.06.18 : Mark thinks the service book is actually present and so Rob is hunting through the paperwork to see if he can find it. More information will be published here when we get it.
The car is showing just over 46,334 as of 03.06.2018.
HPi Check Results
– This car is HPi clear and will be supported by our own HPi check.
Mileage Records – MOT
– 04-02-1998 – 31,893 miles
– 10-02-1999 – 33,298 miles
– 11-08-2000 – 34,265 miles
– 23-01-2002 – 36,959 miles
– 22-10-2004 – 40,563 miles
– 01-11-2006 – 43,408 miles
– 06-10-2009 – 44,235 miles
– 08-05-2014 – 44,665 miles (online check)
– 22-05-2015 – 44,964 miles
– 27-04-2016 – 45,449 miles
– 24-05-2017 – 46,237 miles
– 26-05-2018 – 46,334 miles
The 8 Series is maturing nicely and moving from ‘modern’ to ‘proper’ classic status with every year that goes by.
The condition and specification of this car means it’s clearly for investment. Cars like this really don’t come on the market every day. Try a Google search for yourself and you’ll see just how rare these cars are. However, if you’re reading this far down then you already know what you’re looking at and how rare it is, and if you listen carefully you’ll hear the little voice in your gut screaming ‘buy it before someone else does‘. But there’s logic to consider too, so be safe in the knowledge that with rarity comes value, and more importantly this increases over time.
In summary there’s no debate on this car, this 8 Series is the ‘one to have‘ and in this condition its value is only ever going to go one way. Believe me, we are all going to be looking back at these sale prices in a few years and kick ourselves. This is an 850CSi with only 1,510 made, that’s just 5% of the total 8 Series production – super rare.
I think this is a very smart buy.
This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Rob (custodian of the vehicle) and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
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