The wonderfully dramatic BMW 8 Series Coupé was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1989 and positively bristled with innovations, as befitted the flagship model from the makers of “the ultimate driving machine”. Luxuriously trimmed inside and packed with all the gadgets that its jet-set client base could wish for, the 8 Series turned every journey into an occasion and made the driver feel special every time they slipped behind the wheel. Initially, it was powered by a magnificent all-alloy, 5-litre V12 that produced 295bhp and a mighty 330lb/ft of torque.
Allied to a 5-speed automatic gearbox that could be operated manually if really rapid progress was desired, this was sufficient to generate a 0-60mph time of just 6.8 seconds on its way to a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.
This early V12-powered 850i Coupe was registered in the first year of production, finished in the ever popular shade of Diamond Black Metallic with a grey velour interior and a host of factory options. The 850i has clearly been well cared for over the years, with just 60,000 kilometres and 11 services in total, the last being at just under 58,000 kilometres. Arguably the last true GT car by BMW, this is an especially interesting early example in fine condition, and well worth further inspection.