Offered for sale is an absolutely stunning, one owner, 24k original mile 1995 BMW 840Ci, finished in ever sophisticated Oxford Green Metallic over a Pergament (multi-colored tan) Nappa leather interior. Sold new to a wealthy San Francisco Bay Area businessman, he would always treat the car with the highest regard and always kept it garaged and maintained throughout his nearly 20 years of ownership. As one of many in his stable, the car was always driven sparingly, evidenced by the impeccable original condition it remains in today. Never in an accident, the car is entirely stock and original, a true time capsule for the BMW enthusiast.
The car’s understated Oxford Green Metallic finish is completely original and in exceptional condition, marred only by a handful of negligible imperfections typical to any 20-year-old car, none of which are significant enough to appear in the pictures. The body is entirely straight, with factory consistent panel fits and gaps throughout, and all of the trim and glass is in excellent condition. The lamp lenses are all crisp and clear and the factory wheels are flawless and wrapped in virtually unused Bridestone Potenza tires.
The car’s interior is equally as clean, the Nappa leather seats showing only negligible wear, the carpets tidy and unmolested and the dash and interior panels all in excellent original condition. The car was never smoked in and the windows, sunroof, power seats, heated seats, etc. all function flawlessly. The car comes with all of its original books and manuals, both of it’s original main keys (and valet key), its original tool-kit, and a clean CARFAX report further validating its one owner, low mileage, accident free history.
The car is also mechanically excellent, the original M60/2 engine starting effortlessly, pulling strongly and smoothly through each of the gears with expectedly even compression across all eight cylinders. Ride quality is immaculate, the suspension and brakes each functioning flawlessly, rounding out a solid and secure driving experience that causes one to truly appreciate the incalculable engineering that went into the 8 series. Also worth noting, the 840Ci also has the added benefits of better fuel economy and much lower cost of ownership than it’s more brutish V12 sibling, yet still provides ample power that’s comfortable around town but especially at home on the highway. In terms of GT cars, it’s hard to envision anything distinctly more pleasurable to drive, and that includes BMW’s more modern (but less exclusive) offerings.
The E31’s revolutionary CAD based design by Klaus Kapitza is the ominously gutty, patently era-specific representation of nearly $1B in total development cost for BMW. The distinctive model was envisioned in the late 1980s as the marque’s undeniable flagship, symbolic of the excesses of the decade and the fierce battle with Mercedes for European luxury car supremacy. Consequently it was prohibitively expensive, something that didn’t help BMW’s sales targets as the party of the ‘80s came abruptly to a halt with the recession of the early 1990s. As such, production was relatively limited, further ensuring the 8 Series’ future as an iconic collector’s piece. And as the few other rare BMW models of the era have shot up in the value (the E30 M3, E28 M5, E34 M5, et al), the E31 has quickly begun to follow suit.
This car represents a truly uncommon opportunity to acquire one of the very finest examples of BMW’s finest: a very low mileage, one owner, entirely original and virtually flawless 840Ci. It’s undoubtedly one of the very best on the market and absolutely deserves the consideration of any BMW collector or discerning European car enthusiast looking for a striking weekend driver or worthy addition to a quality collection.