It was at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show that BMW presented a car that would become one of its modern classics: the 8-Series Coupe.
Built for ten years between ‘89 and ‘99, the car dubbed ‘E31’ was a ‘clean-sheet’ design that could trace its lineage way back to BMW’s rather lovely coupes from the 1930s.
And over its lifetime, BMW sold 30,621 8-Series Coupes, with exactly 24 of those hand-built at the Rosslyn plant in South Africa (for tax reasons, assembling the cars there was cheaper than importing them). More than two-thirds - over 20,000, then - were fitted with the V12, and just one in six came with a six-speed manual.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this fine luxury coupe, some BMW 8-Series enthusiasts - the ClubE31 Worldwide Owners Group and 8er.org - got together with BMW for a little celebration.
This involved a quiet tour of BMW’s plant in Dingolfing, before a massive owners-car photo shoot outside the BMW Museum.
We rather like the BMW 8-Series, because it’s a big, luxury two-door BMW barge. Don’t forget, our very own Richard Hammond even bought an old 850 CI on TG telly years ago. And thus, in honour of its 25th anniversary, here are ten reasons why the ol’ girl is great.
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