• Dec 31st 2008 at 2:28PM
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Click above the view a gallery of this custom convertible BMW 850i

Long before the retro-licious Z8 and the modern 6 Series, BMW's range-topping sport coupe was the 8-Series. Characterized by its distinctive shark nose and available with a choice of eight- or 12-cylinder engines, the 8-Series was sadly never offered as a convertible. But it would have made a smart-looking roadster, as one customer was evidently determined to discover.

Commissioned by Erik Williams, offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys back in their glory days, this one-of-a-kind 1991 BMW 850i convertible is now up for sale by a dealer in New Braunfels, Texas. Craftsmanship of the folding soft-top, as you can see from the images in the gallery below, may not be up to world-class standards, but for a unique V12-powered German cabrio, the $25,900 asking price is at least accessible.


[Source: Automaniacs via CarScoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, the depreciation couldn't have anything to do with the fact that it's SEVENTEEN years old. Nope. It's just because it's unreliable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah its amazing and its a v12 !!! what other v12 coupe is there ....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ummm...there's the CL600...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amazing? There's a reason this car is 25k, it's possibly BMW's most unreliable ever fashioned. Whoever purchases it better have a great report with their local BMW mechanic and a lot of funds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My father has a 1991 850i. Overall it is a reliable car (180,000 miles strong). However, when something does go wrong, expect to wonder if you should just put a down payment on a new car lol.

        While having good and bad points, one thing you cant take away is that it is unique. Not as unique as the custom convertible, which looks fantastic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have had both the 840 and the 850 as one of my personal drivers, and I absolutly loved them both! But if had to chose one again, i would chose the 840! The 850 had a major repair bill when something went wrong! but they are a beautiful car, one of BMWs best!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I understand that the V12 engine in the early '90s BMW were two inline 6's bolted together. Since they did this, they had to do two of everything: two control units, two emissions systems and two of whatever. This made a complex setup and that is why it's so expensive to repair and service. It's amusing to see a top of the line BMW sedan (750i) resale for so cheap now.

        http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/973249186.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful, my favorite BMW ever. Though I'd rather get one in coupe form rather than rag-top.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't help but see a buck toothed, squinty eyed, and pointy nose nerd face in the front of this car. Thank goodness it was only a one off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw this car over the Christmas weekend. It's at a store just
      north of San Antonio. Nice enough looking car. They also have a
      stock, number's matching Road Runner, a Shelby GT500, and David
      Koresch's 69 Camaro, of all things. Nice place to visit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Crack pipe...oh wait, where am I?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I bet that subwoofer enclosure adds the stiffness needed to offset the loss of the roof.
      The V12 is costly to repair and sometime unreliable if the previous owner(s) took it to a Quick Lube instead of the timely and costly BMW dealer, if you want the looks and a little better reliability (I said little) look to the 840CSi. As for this one, I'd have to say its about $20K too much.

      Is it me or do late 80's and early 90's sportscars age poorly? They look almost as out of date as the Brady Bunch house.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agree with bill. also, this isn't unique, i've seen others. and you can always just have it done.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So this convertible is made from a coupe? How is bending and torsional stiffness of this car? I am wondering how they fortify the chasis.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would have liked it better without the massive speaker box and with a rear seat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i saw one of those (minus soft top..) for sale at my local BMW dealer in passing, and stopped by to check the price tag.. They wanted $8k for it at the time, and it was gone within a few days.. I wanted it soo bad too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NADAguides clean retail doesn't even come close to his asking price. Sure it's a one-off...but not everyone is meant to have good taste.

      Plus, he ruined a beautiful car!, and the nose seems to be out of alignment (maybe it's my eyes, but it looks like it was in an accident and the repairman sucks).
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