The E31 chassis BMW 8-series was an upmarket grand tourer from BMW, their first attempt in many years at building a real luxury halo car. It cost more than $70,000 in 1990 money when new and featured the latest in automotive technology..which is now obsolete and falling apart, and therefore prices are nice. Find this 1991 BMW 850i V12 6-spd for $16,750 in Novato, CA via craigslist. Another Bay Area Bimmer from Kaibeezy.
The E31 8-series were only built in small quantities from 1989-1999, but you will see some on the street from time to time. They do have numerous potentially expensive problems, so finding a good one that has had all its maintenance and isn’t about to blow a tranny is a good first step.
The 850i is powered by the M70B50, a 5.0 liter V12 that puts 295 horsepower and 330 ft-lbs of torque into a 6-speed manual transmission. The inside shows some wear for its 97k miles, but would probably clean up with a thorough scrubbing.
Always use a proper private party inspection service when looking at a vehicle as complex as an 850i, unless you are whiz with BMW electronics; the dual-drive-by-wire throttle setup is baffling to even the most skilled mechanics.
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