Zee Vee Twelve: 1992 BMW 850i

You are a wealthy banker in 1992 you need a ride that will impress your mistress, but won’t break down on the way to your coke dealer…so no finicky supercars.   Domestic options are  limited (Cadillac Allanté — hah!), so the logical thing to do was head down to your local fancy German car dealer and pickup something red.  A Porsche 964 turbo was certainly an option, but if you wanted something that looked fast but wasn’t going to end up sliding backwards into a ditch, the wise banker would head to his local BMW dealer and pickup an 850.  Find this 1992 BMW 850i offered for $7,500 in West Springfield, MA via craigslist. Tip from Jdah.

The E31 8-series was an entirely different breed of automobile from the 6-series that it superseded.  It wasn’t simply a coupe version of the executive class 5-series,
but was a purpose built luxury machine designed and engineered with the aid
of CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis).
 Klaus Kapitza’s (famous for his work on the Ford Capri, Escort, Sierra
& BMW Z-13 prototype) slippery design has withstood the test of time
and looks as dynamic today as it did when it was new in the showroom.

The M50B70 5 liter V12 under the hood produces 295 horsepower and 330 ft-lbs
of torque and is mated to a 4-spd automatic transmission.  The V12 was a technological
tour-de-force in 1989, using an “alusil” engine block and drive by wire
throttles controlled by twin ECUs.   Be sure to budget for the occasional electrical gremlins that will infest a supercar that is over 20 years old.

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