The Details

BMW E31 840Ci Sport




  • Mileage: 56,580
  • Year: 1997
  • MOT Expiry: July 2023
  • Exterior Colour: Schwarz II
  • Interior Colour: Light Silver / Grey Leather
  • Top speed: 155
  • 0-60mph: 6.8
  • BHP: 282
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 4398cc
  • Engine Configuration: V8


Schwarz II paintwork, Light silver/grey leather upholstery, 17-inch split-rim alloy wheels, M Sport Package: M Sport Suspension, M Aerodynamics Package, M Leather Steering Wheel, Electrically-adjustable sports seats with driver’s side memory, Individual Anthracite headlining; Heated front seats, Electric steering column, Stainless steel exhaust, Boot spoiler, Electric sliding sunroof, Cruise control, Servotronic power steering, Automatic air conditioning, BMW Business RDS cassette radio with boot-mounted CD changer, Hifi loudspeaker system, Headlight washer system, Self-dimming rear view mirror, Driver and passenger airbags, ASC, BMW velour overmats, BMW toolkit, Warning triangle, Spare wheel, Spare key.


Presented in coat of lustrous Black, this low mileage 840Ci Sport looks very sharp against our studio backdrop although our photos don’t do it enough justice. Having just been treated to a full detail and machine polish the paintwork maintains a deep glossy shine with no unsightly swirl marks to report. The car is lovely and straight along both sides and, having clearly been garaged when not in use, there is no corrosion to be found in any of the common E31 weak spots. In line with the mileage there is an honest dusting of light frontal stone chips but certainly nothing to detract from the car’s overall highly impressive finish. The underside is also remarkably tidy having previously benefitted from a professional Dinotrol underseal and cavity wax to further preserve its amazing condition.



The interior of the 840 is awash with supple grey Nappa leather. The upholstery has worn really well with no damage or major wear to speak of, even to the driver’s bolster, which in this case hints at only light use. Glancing across the dash, the M-stitched leather steering wheel remains in excellent condition, and the console switchgear is also remarkably unworn. The rear seats appear to have seen little use, and the footwell carpets are still protected by the original velour overmats. At the rear of the car the spacious boot area is clean and tidy, neatly housing the CD changer, toolkit, and spare wheel beneath the carpet.


The 4.4-litre V8 delivers 282hp and gives the 840Ci a 0-60mph time of just 6.8 seconds. Considering its large size and hefty power output, the M62 engine is surprisingly economical given its 2.81:1 final drive ratio; at 70mph the engine turns over at a lazy 2,200rpm. The under-bonnet area of this particular example presents exceptionally well, perfectly in line with the low mileage of 56k.

Reading through the accompanying history file it’s clear this one has always been well maintained. There are 14 service stamps in the original booklet and the last service was carried out by a well-regarded BMW specialist in June 2022 at 56,481 miles. The car further benefits from a bespoke stainless steel exhaust which sounds fantastic and certainly adds to the sense of occasion out on the open road.


The factory optional two-piece alloys all present extremely well with absolutely no curb marking to the polished outer rims. They are shod in matching Falken tyres with ample tread left at each corner. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, effortlessly bringing the car to a stop quickly and in a straight line.

History File

This attractive 840Ci in desirable Sport guise was first registered in June 1997. It has now driven just 56k miles from new in the hands of only 5 registered keepers (the current since 2015). The accompanying History File is complete with the original BMW document pack, owner’s manuals, stamped service booklet, a raft of maintenance invoices, MOT certificates, and the spare key. A cosseted example in excellent condition throughout, ready to be driven and enjoyed.

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