Monday, January 18, 2016

Kermit's M3: 1991 BMW 850i

The BMW E31 8-series was launched in 1989 as a replacement for the outgoing E24 6-series but moved considerably more upmarket with high end amenities and only V8 or V12 power.  Interestingly enough they were never available with Kermit green paint or an engine/trans from the E36 M3, so today's salvage found 850i is indeed an oddity.  Find this 1991 BMW 850i with M3 powertrain here on copart bidding for $3,600 in Atlanta, GA.  Tip from Rob "The Hack Mechanic".

The Hack Mechanic sent in this tip and pointed out a few key facts, first up the car was originally Calypsorot (not skittles green), and is listed as an automatic.   

A peek on the inside and you can see a sweet  vintage cell phone and a manual shifter sticking up from between the seats.  A manual 850i is a rare piece of machinery and not likely to be found at a salvage yard, even if the front valence is riding slightly low.

A blurry underhood pic shows what is certainly not a V8 or V12, but an inline-6 -- an S50 or S52 breathing through what appears to be the intake manifold from an M50 (an old trick that gains a few horsepower in exchange for some low rpm torque).

See a better car at a salvage yard?


  1. The paint looks almost like watercolor. If it runs and drives, a big if, it's worth the asking price.

  2. Looks like the sale has ended. Not sure what it sold for. Even for parts, it's a real deal at around $4k.

  3. My kind of car. Bet you can find a build thread out there for this one.

  4. Here is one that is a little closer to Kermit, me thinks...
    21K asking, there is noooo doubt it runs...LOL

  5. Comes with the rare adjustable height front spoiler.

  6. Says 'sold' now.

    I guess at that price...well, who knows about the paint, sell the M3 engine and pick up an LS3...

    1. I have a feeling an LS swap would actually be a downgrade, considering the existing engine appears to be turbocharged.


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