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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.
Unlike the V12 version of the 8 series, the V8 versions featured quad round exhaust tips on the rear. They also featured a 5 speed semi-automatic gearbox, with an option in some regions for a 6 speed version.
Circa 31,000 8 series were produced in a production run that ran all the way through to 1999 in Europe. Due to emission standards, and the economic impact of the recession in 90s, the model was actually pulled from the North American market in 1997.
This lovely example of an 840i 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.
This 840i is finished in silver, and presents itself in good condition. Unlike a lot of Mark’s cars, this one has done over 100,000 miles, and so the bodywork although solid, does have the odd stone chip here and there.
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 wrapped in Dunlops, and 265/40 R 17 at the rear wrapped in Falken Azenis tyres. The wheels are unmarked, and there is an unused full size spare in beautiful condition in the boot.
The bodywork is very good on this car. There was no rust or rot observed from our inspection, take a look at the video review. All of the panel gaps across the car are uniform, and no parking dents etc observed.
The car has covered over 100,000 miles, and with that comes some wear on the paintwork. There are a number of small stone chips across the front of the car, you can see these in the video and images. The paint itself being silver looks great and even in colour and condition. The car could benefit from a thorough mop and polish as on very close inspection you can see swirl marks in the right light.
Glass and Trim
The glass and trim across the car generally present in very good condition. This is a car that has clearly been kept out of the elements for the majority of its life. The laminate on the glass has bubbled on some corners, this can be seen in the video review.
Finished in black throughout, the leather and carpet in the interior presents itself very well. This era of BMW, the plastic can often go very shiny over time with use, but the car has clearly been kept very clean and looks great.
Seats and Carpets
The leather seats are in very good condition, little to no wear was observed. The carpets also look good throughout.
All the gauges and lights work as they should do, as observed in the “on the road” video. No marks or discolouration was observed, take a look at the video review to see for yourself.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
For a car with this mileage, both the steering wheel and gear stick present themselves in very good condition.
The car has been mechanically well looked after over the years, and performed just as an 8 series should on the test run.
Engine and Gearbox
The car started from cold without issue, and propelled us on the local roads with gusto. As seen in the “on the road” video, the car went through all 5 gears without any jolting, very smooth transitions.
Suspension and Brakes
The suspension on this car has particularly been tended to over the years. Mark was initially unsure about buying the car due to the high mileage, but he took the car on a test drive and realised how well looked after the car had been. A very good service history, and the suspension set-up leaving the car handling like a much lower mileage example.
The drive was without fault, the V8 burbling along as we went on our usual test drive around Hinckley.
Electrics and Other
We checked all the electrics on the car, and everything works as it should.
The car is showing just over 104,368 as of 22.11.2018.
HPi Check Results
– Check in progress.
Mileage Records – MOT
– 27.06.1997 8 miles – Service book
– 01.08.1997 9,381 miles – Service/Bill
– 16.04.1998 9,304 miles – Service book
– 01.06.1999 19,327 miles – Service/Bill
– 10.07.2000 28,803 miles – Service/Bill
– 20.12.2001 37,755 miles – Service/Bill
– 15.04.2003 47,016 miles – Service/Bill
– 26.08.2003 50,628 miles – Service/Bill
– 05.07.2004 50,628 miles – Service/Bill
– 07.09.2004 56,632 miles – Service/Bill
– 16.11.2004 58,603 miles – Service/Bill
– 15.02.2005 58,603 miles – Service/Bill
– 08.08.2006 64,638 miles – Service/Bill
– 15.08.2006 64,690 miles – Service/Bill
– 01.12.2006 66,766 miles – Service/Bill
– 01.11.2007 66,766 miles – Service/Bill
– 18.04.2008 71,661 miles – Service/Bill
– 04.12.2008 73,122 miles – Service/Bill
– 14.01.2009 73,247 miles – Service/Bill
– 21.12.2009 76,287 miles – Service/Bill
– 19.02.2010 76,287 miles – Service book
– 12.08.2011 82,124 miles – MOT
– 10.11.2011 84,311 miles – Service/Bill
– 02.02.2012 85,551 miles – Service book
– 16.08.2012 87,282 miles – MOT
– 07.08.2013 90,308 miles – MOT
– 05.08.2014 93,818 miles – MOT
– 21.07.2015 95,526 miles – MOT
– 24.09.2015 96,699 miles – Service
– 25.07.2016 97,456 miles – MOT
– 21.11.2016 101,807 miles – Service
– 10.08.2017 103,941 miles – MOT
The 8 Series is maturing nicely and moving from ‘modern’ to ‘proper’ classic status with every year that goes by.
This 840i with its later 4.4L V8 engine is a really nice GT. Fully loaded with electric seats, windows, sunroof, climate control, heated seats, stereo, you can cruise along listening to the burble of the V8 in absolute luxury.
Flip the semi-automatic gearbox in to manual mode, and you can have some fun and feel in control on the twisty country lanes too. The car presents itself in great condition for its age and mileage, and the next owner is sure to enjoy it for years to come.
KULRAJ SINGH SALH
This auction listing was written by Kulraj Singh Salh from information gained from Rob, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Rob will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.