The BMW E31 8-series was launched in 1989 as a replacement for the outgoing E24 6-series but moved considerably more upmarket with high end amenities and only V8 or V12 power. Interestingly enough they were never available with Kermit green paint or an engine/trans from the E36 M3, so today’s salvage found 850i is indeed an oddity. Find this 1991 BMW 850i with M3 powertrain here on copart bidding for $3,600 in Atlanta, GA. Tip from Rob “The Hack Mechanic”.
The Hack Mechanic sent in this tip and pointed out a few key facts, first up the car was originally Calypsorot (not skittles green), and is listed as an automatic.
A peek on the inside and you can see a sweet vintage cell phone and a manual shifter sticking up from between the seats. A manual 850i is a rare piece of machinery and not likely to be found at a salvage yard, even if the front valence is riding slightly low.
A blurry underhood pic shows what is certainly not a V8 or V12, but an inline-6 — an S50 or S52 breathing through what appears to be the intake manifold from an M50 (an old trick that gains a few horsepower in exchange for some low rpm torque).
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