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. An equally brilliant 4-litre V8 engine was also later offered, as was a 4.4-litre which addressed the lack of torque of the smaller engined car.
Beautifully presented in Oxford Green with a Nappa leather interior in Mushroom, this lovely late 840ci Sport was first registered in September of 1997, fitted with the full M-Sport package of aerodynamics and suspension modifications (including the Nurburgring suspension system). The 840 was also specified with an electric sunroof, rear electrically operated blind, electrically operated sports seats, air flow control, cruise control, and uprated stereo with CD changer.
In 1998 the 8 series was sold as a BMW approved used vehicle to a Mr. Hunt in Ascot, Berkshire, who kept his beloved BMW for a further 15 years. We note from the service book that the BMW has been serviced 10 times over the years by main dealers or specialists, with a number of other smaller matters being attended to as and when required. Notably c. £9,000 has been spent in the last few thousand miles with specialists such as Chris Burton and Barney Halse of Classic Heroes, including an overhaul to the suspension, various belts and gaskets, a new water pump, an oil cooler for the gearbox, front brake disc/pads and hoses, wax-oiling to the underside and refurbishment of the alloy wheels.
Offered with a full BMW book pack including stamped service schedule, both sets of keys, a comprehensive file of invoices for works completed, new and several previous MOT certificates and UK V5/C document, this is a lovely example of one BMW’s very best efforts.