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.
Now, we’ve seen prototype shots of the new one, set to arrive this year. We rather like the BMW 8 Series, because it’s a big, luxury two-door BMW barge. Here are ten reasons why the ol’ girl is great.