Consider The Sultan’s BMW 8 Series While Awaiting The New One

BMW is gearing up to launch a new 8 Series. But as any Bimmerphile could tell you, it won’t be the first.

The Bavarian automaker produced just such a model between 1989 and 1999, cutting one of the sleekest profiles the industry has ever produced.

Just look at this one, for example. It’s an 850Ci from 1993, packing a then-newly upgraded 5.4-liter V12 rated at 322 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque – placing it second only to the quasi-M 850CSi.

This particular example was ordered in Maldives Blue Metallic, and is believed to be the only 850Ci ever made in that color and right-hand drive. That means it was made for countries where they drive on the left-hand side of the road, like in the UK, Japan… or Brunei.

In fact this one is said to have been delivered new to the Sultan of Brunei, who once stood as one of the world’s preeminent car collectors. Now nearly 15 years later, the car’s listed for sale on AutoTrader in the UK (and brought to our attention by our friends at Motor1), with an asking price of £36,995.

That’s nearly $50k at current exchange rates, or about the price of a new M240i coupe. Given the choice, which would you take between the two?

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  • Given the history it’s rather a fair price. But buyer must check the condition first. Brunei Royal Family aren’t exactly known to maintain their collection.

    • Christian Wimmer

      I suspect more stuff breaks on their cars because it‘s not being used. This is one reason why I don‘t want extra stuff in my car which I will never use and don‘t need.

      • And bad storage. Not all of their collection is housed in garage. Some of them is left outside and being exposed to humid Asian weather. But from the photo the car looks good.

        • Zandit75

          Yep, some of the video footage I have seen, a lot of the interiors have rotted, and the cars exteriors are in woeful shape.

        • Matt

          This is a UK car, so the only worry would be underbody corrosion.

  • Jim Heckman
  • Bash

    If i have this… I wont be needing the new one!

  • Tinky-Winky

    Oh this is a nice color.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Cars from a time in which BMW used to make really beautiful cars, not those for door to door sellers with money they make now.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I’ll consider it….

  • smartacus

    The best BMW ever made.
    Please BMW, Don’t turn the
    8-Series from a low slung GT
    into a sedan based 2-dr coupe.