Lot 174 - 1996 BMW 850CSi
|Odometer reading||80,685 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
|Result||Sold - £38,080|
The Klaus Kapitza-designed 8-Series (chassis code E31) was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1989. Although it effectively replaced the 6-Series, it was originally intended as an additional model line - an upmarket range with superior performance and price tag to match. During its ten year reign, the 8-Series was offered in 830i, 840Ci and 850i/Ci form, of which the 840Ci was the second most popular variant. When introduced in mid-1993, it was fitted with a four litre, V8 engine mated to either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. With 282bhp on tap, this version could achieve the 0-62mph sprint in an impressive 6.9 seconds. The fully independent suspension featured struts at the front and an innovative multi-link system with coil springs on the rear. Steering was by ball and nut and braking by discs all round - vented at the front; solid at the rear. Over DM1.5b are said to have been spent on the car's design and development. Although electronically limited to 155mph, the most powerful 8-Series models had a potential top speed of almost 190mph.
This BMW 850CSi is one of 1,510 examples manufactured worldwide and is a particularly rare example in righthand format. The Arctic Silver coachwork on this handsome BMW is in very good order as is the black leather trim. With a 5576cc, V12 engine producing 375bhp and mated to a six-speed gearbox, this is a very quick and interesting car to drive. Delivery of the power to the rear wheels is smooth and progressive; this 850CSi is happy in traffic although she comes into her own when driven at speed. A V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 12th June, 2018 together with some bills and invoices are supplied with B8 NWS. The BMW 8 series cars are becoming highly collectable; a CSi example with the combination of rarity and desirability is ideal for any collector or enthusiast.
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