BMW 850Ci - BMW’s Flagship V-12 Coupe

Price: - Item location: Saint Charles, Illinois, United States
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: 8-Series
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1993
  • Mileage: 186,000
  • VIN: WBAEG2322PCB74784
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 5.0L V12 (M70) - new by BMW ~60,000 miles ago
  • Number of cylinders: 12
  • Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag
  • Options: CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof
  • Vehicle Title: Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Reconstructed
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1993 BMW 8-Series

BMW’s Flagship V-12 Coupe – 1993 BMW 850Ci

The 850 was BMW’s flagship from 1991 to 1997. The 8-Series, or E31, was first unveiled at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 1989. At the time, the 850 was the ultimate in luxury, performance, and technology with features standard on cars today.

This very clean, 2 owner example comes with key maintenance completed and many desired upgrades installed. It was a LA car until I brought it to the Midwest as its second owner in 2017.

This car has been updated and lovingly maintained and comes with some great extras. It does have a rebuilt title (see pics of a minor hit to the rear end and the repair in process). Overall – this is a great car for someone who wants to own AND DRIVE the coolest BMW around. It’s road ready and a blast to drive.

1993 BMW 850Ci

  • WBAEG2322PCB74784
  • VERY CLEAN, California car (one owner until Feb 2017)
  • 187000 adult-driven miles (it lived in LA for 25 years)
  • M70 5.0 liter V-12 engine was replaced with a brand-new crate engine 60,000 miles ago by BMW Concord in Concord, CA (verified with the dealership by the current owner/seller)
  • Rare exterior/interior/engine combination: According to the 8 Coupe Registry, this is one of only 16 cars worldwide (see photo), one of 3 worldwide with the same color combination and the same options
    • Red (Brilliantrot) exterior
    • Black (Schwarz) Nappa leather interior
    • M70 5.0 liter V-12 (versus the later M73 engine – which cant be chip-tuned!)
  • Very rare chrome, directional M-System Throwing Stars (BMW Style 21) wheels (also comes with original “turbine” wheels/tires). Similar wheels are available today on ebay for $2500 -$3500 per set. These also include Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R tires (including an unmounted, brand new spare rear tire)
    • Front: 235/45R17 94W
    • Rear: 255/40R17 98W
  • Automatic transmission
  • Original BMW glass (except windshield)
  • Lights and lenses in excellent condition – one is cracked
  • This is the Ci version of the car – adding passenger-side airbag and the fold down rear seats/parcel shelf and ski pass-through from the trunk, and upgraded front seats.


  • Car was purchased new in LA and lived there until 2017
  • I was parting out a car and sold interior parts to the owner – who loved the car and was
  • He had the parts installed in LA and, immediately after, was hit from behind in the right rear
  • The car was disassembled for repair by a body shop in LA (see picture of disassembled car – including all damage - from the insurance lot in LA)
  • At that point, the insurance company stepped in an totaled the vehicle due to their reputation as being expensive to fix
  • The original owner contacted me. I purchased the car based on photos and had it shipped to Chicago
  • I had repairs completed by a shop I’ve used several times in the in the past (see picture of repair in process)
  • Original parts used in repair
  • OEM bumper stiffener and shock absorbers
  • Brand new (still in the box) right hand tail lights (inner and outer)
  • The car was reregistered in Illinois and driven on dry roads in warm weather

This car is very well sorted

  • AC blows very cold
  • Strong runner
  • Very responsive: based on the updates, this car steers, shifts/downshifts, goes fast, and stops very crisply – it’s a blast to drive!
  • Tight suspension with newer bushings
  • Interior is very good

Upgrades and extras

  • Very rare chrome, directional M-System Throwing Stars (BMW Style 21) wheels (also comes with original “turbine” wheels/tires). Similar wheels are available today on ebay for $2500 -$3500 per set. These also include Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R tires (including an unmounted, brand new spare rear tire)
    • Front: 235/45R17 94W
    • Rear: 255/40R17 98W
  • Complete set of4“turbine” wheels with Michelin tires also included (good tread remaining)
  • Chip tuned – very responsive throttle and shifting
    • Jim Conforti ECM Chips (the computer for each engine bank)
    • Jim Conforti Control module (the computer that ties the two banks together)
    • Jim Conforti Transmission module chip (the computer in the trunk that controls the transmission shifting
  • New headliner
  • Updated stereo with Bluetooth and aux inputs
  • Matching rear tire (new, unmounted)
  • K&N air filters
  • Spare fuel tank

Recent maintenance (performed by Long Beach BMW in July 2016 – receipts included)

  • Trans output shaft seal, securing plate, shim, cover, li, collar nut and roll pin replaced in July 2016
  • Trans fluid replaced in July 2016
  • Shift rod bushings replaced in July 2016
  • Stabilizer link and rubber mounting rods replaced in July 2016
  • 4 wheel alignment in July 2016
  • Passenger front fender liner replaced in July 2016
  • EML
  • Oil pan gasket
  • Rear differential axle and pinion seals replaced in July 2016
  • Rear rubber brake lines replaced in July 2016
  • Fuel filters replaced in July 2016
  • Brake fluid exchange
  • Spark plugs
  • Left and right tie rods and bushings
  • Steering arm Steering center link and the idler steering link and bushings
  • Drive belts and tensioner
  • Struts and shocks
  • Front wheel bearings
  • Top caps
  • Front wheel speed indicators

The only known issues with the car:

  • Small gas leak if you fill the tank to more that ¾ full. This isn’t uncommon with these cars, and – based on my understanding – it’s usually a hose on the outside of the fuel tank that cross connects the two halves of the tank. I haven’t had time to address the issue – but I have included a spare gas tank with the car, just in case.
  • The left front running light is cracked – you can see it in the pics
  • And the ashtray needs to be replaced

Hint: the reserve is only $7000 - one of the cheapest and coolest 850s around (do you really want white, brown, or burgundy - PLUS the original BMW chrome wheels!)... Any less than that, and I'll swap the wheels, chips, and other extras and try again! C'mon - this car is a blast!

Foreign buyer and buyers with fewer than 5 transactions and less than “excellent” buyer rating must reach out through eBay messaging BEFORE placing your bid – otherwise, I will cancel your bid.