1996 BMW 850ci Coupe
BMW's Art Cars are very cool, and in 1995 an 8 Series was given the full treatment. Artist David Hockney added stylized intake manifolds on the bonnet and silhouettes of the driver and steering column on the driver's door. And, cleverly moving the canine-art genre from the immortal Dogs Playing Poker fresco, the Brit artist painted a picture of his beloved dachshund Stanley onto the rear side panel as if it were a passenger. A dog! The madness!
No fooliin' around with this car and current consignment as you have the availability of V12 power at your toes. The 8er had a low drag coefficient, 0.29, ranking close to a Porsche 928 - and was drawn up entirely on a computer, (something of a novelty back then), with a lot of wind tunnel testing to get that swoopy, wedgy shape. It looks good, retro-good, but still good. Plenty of BMW bells and whistles, and by the standards of the day, this made it a virtual visitor from the future. This 1 of 363 imported to the states between 1994 and 1996 car is sporting a mere 76,556 title verified actual miles and has been fastidiously maintained by our consignor who has owned the car since 2007 when it had 46,000 miles. A full breakdown of all the services performed is included with your purchase along with a thick thick thick folder of receipts so you can rest assured that this car is in top notch condition. Oh, and I cannot forget the custom fitted car cover, full tool kit and factory wheels that are included with your purchase...THE Ultimate Driving Machine!!!
Although greatly thinned down and not very tall, the iconic BMW front grille with its dual openings can still be seen, only this time above are hidden headlights which make up the wedge form of the front of this car. Some running lights and signals are also within this grille, and in the center is the blue and white badge. All steel bathed in original Black II, Schwartz II for those of you in the Motherland, and there is a smattering of black trimmings for the window surrounds and a mid body thin black trimming encircling this car. On the back is a gracefully descending rear glass and back pillar which seamlessly meets up to form the rear trunk/deck lid. Integrated wrap around tail lighting is above a dual exhaust rear roll pan on the bottom. Polished multi-spoke 17" German Breyton wheels are on all 4 corners wrapped in 235/45ZR17 like new rubber, and as mentioned earlier, the factory wheels are included with your purchase.
Plenty of Parchment tan and black accenting are within the ergonomically designed cabin of this Autobahn time saver. Molded door panels using shades of tan and parchment seamlessly create a beautiful design and these are just the door panels! Slipping inside into the Parchment leather covered high backed buckets we are grabbed and are able to fine tune this adjustment of these seats to our exacting comfort level. A nicely designed dash is upfront and contains lots of technology for the climate controls, stereo, drive modes, and an orange LED thin bar display which contains an amazing amount of options to display. A power adjustable steering column holds the black airbag equipped steering wheel at its end and a variety of functions are controlled from stalks also on the column. Uber clean tan carpeting covers the floors, and in back are a nifty set of 2 buckets to grip the rear passengers during the thrill ride they may experience. Hanging above is a new fuzzy tan broadcloth headliner framing the power moonroof. A huge shout out to the trunk with fuzzy gray lining and optional CD changer.
Shoehorned in under this wedge shaped hood is a beautifully preserved and shiny V12 EFI 5.4 liter mill. EFI is feeding this mill and a ZF 5HP30 5-speed automatic is attached to the rear. 2.81 is the rear axle in this version. All fluids were recently changed and new accessory drive belts were installed.
Up on the lift we note German engineering at its finest with all neatly molded and sculpted panels to fit all the underpinnings of the mechanicals needed to handle and propel this car down the road. Some extremely slight rust and plenty of patina but all structurally sound and looking good. Fully rebuilt 4-wheel independent suspension, and power disc brakes all around with clean dual exhaust is seen underneath.
A turn of the key and one needs to experience the smoothness of a V12 power plant. It's waiting to be unleashed on the test track, so off I went, and here it showed up with plenty of acceleration, smooth limitless power, good braking, and excellent handling. It is best described as a luxury sports coupe and offers up a comfy ride to boot! All functions worked as designed save for the ashtray door hinge being broken, an occasional MID system display drop out, (we didn't experience this, but our consignor notes it does happen), and the car phone is not in service.
Being fastidiously and meticulously maintained by our loving consignor has left this example in very good condition. V12 power, tons of service records, and leather luxury, along with sporty wedge design ahead of its time in the early 90's! Interestingly enough, this car was favored by the F1 drivers of the day.
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