Wed Oct 09 2013 13:49:49 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
In the early 1960s BMW has unveiled the 3200CS - a coupe developed in cooperation with Carrozzeria Bertone. But Giorgetto Giugiaro wanted to prove he can do even more than that. The result of this desire was the "Spicup" concept. The concept was unveiled at the 1969 Geneva Salon and in the same year was exhibited at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Allassio in June and finally at that year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
After that it is believed that the concept was sold to a private owner and in the mid-1970 it has been spotted at the German mega-dealer Auto Becker in Düsseldorf.
After that the car has been registered in the Netherlands and used as a ’daily driver’. Now the concept has been restored to concurs condition and has been auction at the Bonhams auction for an impressive €460,000 or about $600,000 at the current exchange rates.
One of less than 550 North American models, this rare 6-speed manual 850i is terribly sinister in black on black with a number of performance upgrades to boot. These 8-Series coupes are one of the all-time coolest designs to come from BMW, and they look like a concept car even today. Retailing for almost $85,000 back in 1991, this example features factory optional electronic damping control and traction control, as well as performance upgrades in the form of Dinan performance software, Supersprint exhaust, Eibach Springs, Bilstein Dampers, stainless steel brake lines and lightweight AC Schnitzer alloy wheels. It shows in superb condition with low mileage for a 1991, and is outfitted with a number of modern-day features like auto-dimming mirrors, heated power adjustable seats, 6-disc CD changer and an on-board computer. We have on extensive service records back to 1998 on file, along with the original owners books and CarFax history report, and this 850i just completed a 71-point pre-sale inspection.