Do you know how to tell whether an E31 has the V8 or the V12 engine installed – apart from the lettering, of course? It’s the quad exhaust pipes that give it away: This one has round exhausts, therefore it’s an 840 Ci. The ones on the V12 would be square.
This is one of only 3,075 cars built with the M62B44 engine, which produces 210 kW (286 hp) of power from 4.4 litres of capacity. It is a beautiful and very well-maintained specimen with an unwarranted mileage of 117,000 mls that has recently been re-imported from the US.
All white on the outside, it features a bright leather interior with bicolour door linings, light brown dashboard and beechwood centre console, all in good condition with only minor traces of use.
The BMW runs on the original 17″ alloys. As was common for all E31, the features’ list is long and includes trip computer, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, tinted windows, power sunroof and the original cassette radio.
The 840 Ci has a clear carfax report which states four ownerships and regular servicing. It is said to be in good shape mechanically and has reportedly never been in an accident. The original owner’s manual and service booklet are included.
After almost 20 years, this is a modern classic that is bound to hold its own.
The BMW 8 series (E31) was much more than merely the successor to the evergreen 6 series (E24). The Gran Turismo was larger, heavier and it was jam-packed with electronic assistance systems and features which were highly exotic 25 years ago – though many have since become commonplace. Then there’s the 12 cylinder engine, something no German Gran Turismo had boasted for half a century. The 8 series was BMW’s flagship model of the 1990s, a supercar that was set to demonstrate what was technically possible.
It failed to sell as expected. The 1990s brought a global recession and the Gulf War. Energy prices soared. Even people who weren’t scared off by the hefty price tag often considered the 850i a bit too far over the top. BMW reacted and brought on an 8-cylinder variant in 1993, the 840 Ci. But even including this model, no more than 31,062 units of the E31 were built over a full decade, so the 8 series has always been a rare sight. Now that the 8 series is on the verge to become a classic, prices have left the vale of tears behind and make the car an promising investment.