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The wonderfully dramatic BMW 8 Series coupe was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1989 and featured several road car firsts such as the first electronic 'fly-by-wire' throttle, the first to use a 'CAN bus' system to cut down the complexity and weight of the electrical system and the first BMW to use a multi-link rear axle. Best of all though, it had pop-up headlights!
The flagship model of the BMW range, it was luxuriously trimmed inside and was packed with all the gadgets that its jet-set client base could wish for. Initially powered by an all-alloy 5-litre V12 that produced 295bhp and a mighty 330lb/ft of torque, this was soon joined by a more economical 4-litre V8 version. Producing 286bhp and mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox, the 840Ci could sprint to 60 in just over 7 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
Costing over £60,000 new, the 840 was always an exclusive machine with only 2,190 built for the UK market of which only 999 are still registered here today, according to DVLA figures. Rare, fast and beautifully styled and built, this is a sure-fire classic of the future.
The example offered here was purchased new in May 1994 and is finished in Orient Blue with full grey leather upholstery and looks very smart throughout. It has covered only 73,800 miles to date with a good history file including 12 stamps in the service book, the last in November 2017, plus many invoices for work done over the years. Recent work includes a replacement headlamp wiring harness, new rear shock absorbers, new knock sensors and both cylinder heads overhauled with new cam followers installed.
Offered for sale with an MOT until September 2019 with only one minor advisory (o/s/f lower suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement) the car is considered fighting fit by the vendor and still turns heads everywhere it goes. Our own James Dennison has owned an 840 Sport for the last five years and is always banging on about how good it is so they must have something going for them!