- Currently showing 35,156 miles
- One of 225 US-specification examples from 1992-1996
- Only 81 built for 1995, the final year in the US
- Offered from 18 years of private ownership
- Benefits from a recent service at Braman Motorcars
The top-of-the-line offering of the first-generation E31 BMW 8-Series, the 850 CSi offered numerous healthy and sporting upgrades over the 850 Ci. Initially developed to be a product of BMW’s M division, the engine was based on that of the 850, but so substantially modified that BMW internally assigned it its own designation. Dubbed the S70B56, this 5.6-liter V-12 engine produced 375 bhp, 200 ccs larger and 50 bhp more powerful than that of the 850 Ci. Other upgrades included a stiffer suspension with reduced ride height, distinctive aluminum star-shaped wheels, upgraded brakes, and a revised front and rear spoiler. While other 8-Series were fitted with an automatic transmission, the 850 CSi could only be had with a six-speed manual.
Further adding to its desirability is its low production, with only 1,510 examples produced worldwide from 1992 to 1996, of which just 225 examples were destined for the US market. This example is one of only 81 US-specification examples for 1995, the final year the 850 CSi was offered in the United States.
This 1995 BMW 850 CSi was delivered new to Vista Motors in Pompano Beach, Florida. From there the car lived in Arizona and New Jersey. In 2002 the consignor acquired the 850 and kept it in Pennsylvania in his collection later moving it to Florida where the car resides now. After purchasing the car, in 2005 the headliner was replaced, and in 2007 the hood received a new clearcoat. In early 2020, the car received a thorough servicing from Braman Motorcars in Palm Beach, Florida totaling nearly $20,000. The service records on file show that valve cover and intake gaskets were replaced, new wishbones and ball joints installed, brake fluid flush, new spark plugs, as well as a new fuel pump was installed. In April of this year, the clutch was replaced by Braman Motorcars at a cost of $3,300.
This rare example is finished in Jet Black with a Silver leather interior and is accompanied by service records from the current owner, two keys, valet key, original window sticker, and owner’s manuals. The 8-Series coupe has always been a desirable model in the BMW family and has developed a keen following thanks to its wonderful performance and stately good looks. Because of this, the 850 CSi is confidently the most exciting and coveted model of the E31 family.