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.
Fabulous in Cosmos Black, this extremely rare example was specified when new with a Nappa leather interior in Gaucho (tan). The 840 is fitted from new with the full M-Sport package of aerodynamics and suspension modifications (including the Nurburgring suspension system).
The first private owner, Major James Winship, kept the car from 1997 until 2010, at which point the 840 passed via specialist Munich Legends to our current vendor.
With just over 14,000 miles recorded, and complete with all correct books, tools, keys, current and previous MOT certificates and invoices for works completed, this is by far the lowest mileage 8-series we have seen. An opportunity not to be missed.