BMW 850i V12 Manual On Cars And Deals Is An Extremely Rare Buy

An expensive classic BMW is not something missing. Just about anywhere you can buy a car, you’ll find one. From the E30 M3 to the legendary BMW M1, there’s a virtually endless supply of older BMW models that most of us can’t afford. However, every once in a while there comes one that transcends just being an expensive classic car. For BMW enthusiasts, a manual V12 car in the United States is a holy grail.

Roll Through Six Gears Of Joy In This V12 Coupe

BMW 850i 1992 | Cars and Auctions

This gorgeous 1992 BMW 850i that just sold on Cars and Bids isn’t something you’ll see available for purchase every day.

The E31 generation was the first BMW 8 Series. BMW built these cars for only four model years, from 1990 to 1993. Compared to the rest of the BMW lineup at the time, the E31 had an outstanding sleek and futuristic design. During its production run, it was available with either a V8 or one of three V12 engines, depending on model and year.

This 1992 850i has the legendary BMW M70 V12 under the hood. Essentially, the M70 is basically two BMW M20 straight-six engines slammed together, according to Bimmerlife. In the 850i, this V12 developed 296 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. While not absurd by today’s standards, it was more than substantial in its day.

close-up of the manual gear lever in a BMW 850i V12

manual gear lever 850i | Cars and Auctions

This particular 850i is black and has a gray leather interior. The standout feature, of course, is the six-speed manual transmission. According to NADA guides, BMW would have listed this car with an MSRP of $78,500 in 1992. That equates to over $160,000 in today’s money. That puts it roughly on par with the price of a 2022 BMW M760i!

Unfortunately, your chance to buy this BMW rarity has passed

1992 BMW 850i front with popup headlights open

The 850i’s signature pop-up headlights | Cars and Auctions

Remarkably, this piece of BMW history has only 93,300 miles from new. While that might be quite high for an 8 Series, that’s still only a little over 3,000 miles per year.

The included carfax shows that it is accident free. However, there are some weird gaps in the information between 2001 and 2010 and then again from 2010 to 2017. However, this shows that the vehicle has been registered mainly in southern states since the year 2000. So the underside is probably rust free.

All in all, this E31 is a fantastic example of one of the coolest BMW models of the 90s, especially considering the manual transmission. So, its final sale price of $24,000 seems quite reasonable. Unfortunately, the chance to buy this rare BMW 8 Series has passed. There is, however, another.

Up for grabs on Bring A Trailer right now is an even rarer and extremely rare 850csi, fitted with the S70 V12 engine with 375 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and mated to, you guessed it, a six-speed manual transmission. . This one, however, will cost a bit more.

So while these cars are blown away or out of our price range, it’s still a great day when you see a manual transmission BMW V12. Hopefully their respective buyers won’t be afraid to take them for a ride

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