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How Can This Abandoned BMW 8 Series E31 Get a Revamp?

Due to BMW’s production of just over 30,000 units between early 1990 and mid-1999, the original 8 Series is relatively easy to come by. The elegant sports coupe may not be as popular as it once was, but it never ceases to turn heads when seen in pristine condition. Aside from its iconic appearance, fans love the car’s innovative CAD software and wind tunnel testing to fine-tune its aerodynamic body.

This E31 from 1991 has seen better days, unfortunately. It looks like someone abandoned it in California, and now it’s in pretty rough shape on the inside and outside. With over 20,000 units manufactured, this is the most popular 8 Series configuration.

We need to fix its flat tires, broken passenger-side window, and torn upholstery so it can be driven again. The hood, in particular, must be resprayed because the clear coat has worn off in large patches. The 3.0-litre V12 with 300 hp back in the day is probably still there, so that’s the best guess. The six-speed manual gearbox was optional but popular. Further, the four-speed automatic was the most commonly requested option.

Not every abandoned car should be restored, but a 12-cylinder BMW is. Assuming it isn’t a complete mechanical disaster, this E31 should be restored to its former glory and put back on the road as soon as possible. It looks like it has been a while since it has been driven. The BMW Group will no longer produce V12 engines for the BMW marquee after 2022. The new 7 Series G70 does not come standard with the M760i, so if you want the most powerful engine available, you’ll have to spring for a Rolls-Royce. BMW’s M760i Final Edition, limited to 12 units, marks the end of production for the 6.6-liter, twin-turbo beast.

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