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1996 Blue BMW Csi

East Sussex, United Kingdom


BMW 8 SERIES 850 CSI 1996

The 850 CSI is still considered by many as the last true Bahn storming, low volume, BMW M built GT Car. Only 160 of these very special and highly expensive cars were built over a 3-year period in right hand drive. It is as close as we got to the M8 with BMW having canned the M8 after the production of just one prototype. It was a change of direction for BMW M that lead to the decision that the M badge no longer lived on a big GT car. The 850 CSI was largely BMW M inspired with a massive input from their engineers in suspension, steering, brakes, engine and aerodynamics. We certainly feel that the 850 CSI is the best high-speed mile eater to leave BMW and M. A very clever blend of high performance and handling with luxury still rarely seen today. M Inspired and very low volume has to make this a true must for the most serious of car collectors.
All 850 CSI’s were 6 speed manual and fitted with limited slip differential as standard. BMW M made numerous upgrades to the M70 engine was increased to 5.6 litres. These mods with improved inlet and exhaust took the power to an impressive 380 bhp and 550 Nm of torque. Front and rear springs and shocks were up rated by M and the BMWs four-wheel steer system became standard on the CSI. The front brakes where larger than the standard 850 with Brembo calipers. The interior on the standard car was already an extraordinarily high specification but the CSI saw red needles added to the instruments along with M Badged and striped gear knob, door sill plates and engine cover. Externally the CSI benefited from revised M front and rear spoilers, sill skirts, aerodynamic mirrors, and a fantastic looking exhaust system.
The current owner and I go back a long way as BMW surges through his veins. I sold him this extraordinary example in 2007 with only 10,000 miles after acquiring it from the first owner. The car sat alongside his classic BMW 2002 Tii as part of his BMW collection.
Supplied by Barons of Farnborough and first registered in January 1996, now having covered only 15,000 miles in the hands of just two owners, this example must be the best right-hand drive 850 CSI available.
The car comes with an amazingly well documented history file, covering everything from MOT's to service and maintenance receipts, tax reminders and a whole host of 850CSI publications and technical information. If one was to say the current owner is OCD, that would be an understatement. Included are the owners personal logs detailing every aspect of his ownership, costs and pound per mile calculation. The history file alone is a credit to this amazing 850 CSI.
The service history is 100% complete, both stamped in the service book and documented.
29-12-95 PDI
28-06-96 1519 miles Running In Service
27-03-98 6973 miles Oil Service
16-04-02 9811 miles Brake Fluid Change
29-01-07 10,300 miles Inspection II Service, Brake Fluid, Coolant Change
27-01-11 12,226 miles Oil Service
06-03-13 13,446 miles Inspection I Service, Brake Fluid, Coolant change
08-01-16 14946 miles Oil Service, Brake Fluid
21-03-18 15046 miles Inspection II Service, Brake Fluid
In addition to this service history and documented in the cars file, is evidence of the owner’s fastidious care with a continual program of age-related maintenance.
Earlier this year we where asked to carefully wash and detail the underside of the car. This was then followed by careful future proofing of the structural bodyshell and underside steering and suspension components with clear cavity wax and Tectyl ML. This very high standard of preventive maintenance will ensure the underside of this car is preserved for years to come.
BMW 850 CSI Individual
15,000 miles
2 Owners from new
6 Speed manual
Avus Blue Individual Exterior
Silver and grey two-tone full leather
Limited Slip Differential
Automatic stability control + Traction
Auto Climate Control
Automatic Air Re-circulation
Sports leather steering wheel
18” M5 Twin-Spoke Alloy Wheels
Front air bags
Electric Sunroof
Sports Electric Front Seats with heating and driver’s seat memory
Anti-Dazzle rear view mirror
Intensive headlight washer system
BMW Professional Radio
BMW Bavaria 6 CD Changer
BMW HiFi 12 Speaker system
Electric Heated Sports Mirrors
Rear Wheel Steering (AHK)
Servotronic steering
Electric adjustable steering column
Cruise Control
High level rear brake light
The car will be presented to the new owner having passed through the workshop for full service, PDI, inspection, new water pump, new seat ECU and new MOT.
Packed in the boot will be all the original tools, spare keys, all manuals, service wallet, handbooks, original BMW sales brochure for the CSI and its superb document file.
Please call Barney for full details of this unique BMW 850 CSI


  • LayoutFront Engined
  • Size5.6L
  • AspirationNormally Aspirated


  • Power 280 bhp
  • Torque 550 lbs/ft
  • Top speed 155 mph
  • Acceleration0 to 62 in 6 s


  • TypeManual
  • Gears6
  • Driven wheelsRear Wheel Drive


  • TypePetrol
  • Economy 27.7 mpg


  • Seats5


  • Doors2
  • ColourBlue
  • Body typeCoupe


  • Vehicle width 1,855 mm


  • Previous owners1

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