You probably remember the recent car collection that was up for sale called the ‘Youngtimer’ collection? Chris Harris made some splashes on the internet by nerding out over the massive collection of ’80s and ’90s cars in the warehouse they were housed in. It was a fantastic video that I watched multiple times over because those are the sorts of cars that fuel my automotive flame. Turns out that a few of those cars have been auctioned off already and one of them was a minter 1994 BMW 850 CSi and it sold for stupid money.
The car in question was one of 144 cars in the collection. It was also only one of ten that’s been sold so far. So how much did this specific 850 CSi sell for? Wait for it… $184,800. Roll your tongue back into your head and pick your jaw back up off of your desk, I’ll give you a minute. Good? Okay.
That’s right, the 1994 BMW 850 CSi in the Youngtimer collection sold for almost $200,000. I also like that it sold for $184,800 and not $185,000. Who thought the extra $200 bid was too much at that point? I digress.
So why did it sell for so much money? Firstly, it’s a rare car. The BMW 850 CSi in question was a powered by a V12 engine and also had a six-speed manual gearbox. It was a rare combination, of which only 1,510 were ever made. Secondly, it’s in astonishingly good shape. It was purchased in Florida, where it lived most of its life, and it only has 11,000 miles on the odometer. So it’s very fresh. When Chris Harris visited the Youngtimer collection in that video, he was astonished at the quality of the cars. They’re basically time capsules to a different era.
Lastly, another reason why this specific 8er was so expensive was because of it being part of the Youngtimer collection. The entire collection has been making huge waves for months now, with enthusiasts drooling over the awesome variety and quality of cars. Harris’ video didn’t hurt, either.
It’s still wild to think about a first-gen 8 Series going for nearly $200-grand. That’s far more than the brand-new BMW M8 will cost when it eventually debuts. It’s also about as much as a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, more than an Aston Martin Vantage and almost as much as a McLaren 570GT. That’s a lot of money for a first-gen 8 Series with just 375 hp. It is cool, though.
[Source: Top Gear]