Coupé E31 840Ci Sport (1996-1999) BMW’s sharp-nosed 1990s super coupé is now an appreciating classic and, if you can find a well-maintained 4.4-litre 1996-on 840Ci, then you could be on to a winner. More reliable than the gas-guzzling 850 V12, the ‘entry-level’ V8 looks just as cool – with its pillarless side profile and classic pop-up headlights – and performs damn-near as well. But you must avoid the early 4.0-litre M60-engined version (1992-1996) which suffered from Nikasil bore-wear issues.
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Derin Oloyede has enjoyed many different BMWs over the years, but few have impressed him enough to keep. As Chris Graham discovers, though, this fine E31 BMW 840Ci Sport is a different matter.