• Aug 25th 2014 at 7:00PM
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  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
  • Image Credit: eBay
Hollow promotional BMW i8There is an unusual BMW i8 for sale on eBay right now. Unlike your average – and by that we mean "working" – i8, this one pretty much just sits there, looking pretty.

See, the i8 in question is just a promotional body shell. It's fullsize and being sold (we think) by a legit BMW dealer (Laurel BMW of Westmont), so it's got strong ties to the real thing, but there's nothing inside. In fact, you can't open the doors or windows and the wheels don't move, unless you count the tiny rolling castors that are a part of the prop. There is no fancy plug-in hybrid powertrain – no powertrain of any sort, in fact – and it was "professionally crafted just for BMW dealers." The headlights do turn on, though, so that's something.

What's most impressive, though, is that there are 50 bids for this non-working BMW. In fact, the bidding has climbed up to $16,000. For a car that can't fulfill its mission as a car, that's pretty impressive. Oh, and those bids have not yet hit the reserve price, so the dealer is obviously hoping it can get more money for this hollow BMW.

The official base MSRP for a working i8 is $135,700. The first i8 delivered in the US, a special edition for Pebble Beach, just sold for $825,000.


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      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If one has the floor space, then why not? It's better to have this sitting static someplace than having a real one just sitting around, not on a road where it was meant to be.
      itsme38269
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd almost want to do this, install an electric powertrain into it, and make it faster than the actual i8.
        Pete
        • 1 Year Ago
        @itsme38269
        HaHa lol, that would be pretty amazing, if you did that. I hope you submit the story to autoblog so i can read about it.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      it works as a real estate prop. Stage the house, and put this in the garage.
        Flat6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe shmoe
        That's actually a great idea. Especially for some of these "show" houses with glass garage doors.
      Miles Toshio Escajed
      BMW offered these to dealers for promo use. I believe it was $35k for an i8 and $20k for an i3 Not really a big deal when a larger dealer can spend $100k a year on signage stickers
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be fun to have one of these to leave places and to use for those gold digger "pick up" videos!
      Keijidosha
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/18/elon-musk-buys-james-bonds-lotus-submarine-wants-to-install-te/
      delsolo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope the winner can make engine noises
      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      More than 16000$ for a dummy car that could never become a car. That's just stupid.
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would look nice hanging on the wall in my den. Dirt cheap for a nice piece of art.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      It makes just as much sense as buying a working BMW.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      On the plus side, this won't fall apart in 3 years
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone will make a kit car mold off of this.
        Chris O.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        Not a terrible idea, but I can't think of anything that it would drop on to, without having to weld up a custom frame.
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