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Pick of the Day: 1992 BMW 850i

Pop-up headlights and a V12


Pop-up headlights are long gone, effectively put out to pasture after the C5 Corvette ended production in 2004. V12 engines for production cars are on their way out, your current options to get one involve Ferrari, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, and other high-end car manufacturers. If one is inclined to get a V12 powered car with pop-up headlights a vintage sports coupe is an option.

The Pick of the Day is this 1992 BMW 850i available for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey. (Click the link to view the listing) It’s a true 90s sports coupe with pop-up headlights, a long hood for the V12, and a set up for proper GT road trips.

“The engine specializes in smoothness and tranquility while developing that 296 hp at 5200 rpm,” the listing states. “68,685 original miles. This high performance BMW was an original TX car and has been well cared through the years and is in overall very nice condition. All power with all new brakes, pads and rotors installed by BMW, new tires that are less than 3 years old and have less than 300 miles.”

This 850i features a 5.0-liter V12 engine with upgraded Remus stainless steel dual exhaust. The engine is paired with an automatic transmission. As a proper GT it has amenities to make any road trip a comfortable endeavor with leather bucket seats, air conditioning, tilt steering, sun roof, and cell phone.

“Paint is in overall very good condition with only some minor scratches beneath the driver door as shown,” the listing advises. “The Texas heat did take some toll on the clearcoat and part of the hood and trunk were expertly re-sprayed to match the original color.” 

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The 1992 BMW 850i had an original MSRP of $78,500 and this example is available for $27,900. It passed Massachusetts state inspection in July 2021 and the sale includes a car cover, BMW tool kit, and two sets of wheels, stock BMW and an aftermarket set by Borbet.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is one of our lead writers. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. My ex father in law had one of these in a beautiful dark garnet red. For the first couple of years, it was a brilliant car. Strong, smooth, delicious exhaust note, and limo luxurious. However, when things began to age and go awry, it was heinously expensive for even the simplest repair. Seat motors, window regulators, the (Jeezus Christ in a Coupe DeVille) catalytic converters… the coffin nail was the driver’s seat seam that let go. When you can buy a tired but useful Civic for the cost of a seat repair, car’s gotta go. And did. Always wanted to use the V12 in a West Coast style jet boat- the overtransom headers would be EPIC. But it’s the only part of this thing that has any longevity. BMW price pointed the peripherals- ask the man that owned one. Still, gorgeous to look upon, and a worthy whip for the wealthy.


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