Figuratively that is.

Yes. It’s true. I picked up one of jalopnik’s infamous “nice price or crack pipe” honorees. This artic silver 1991 BMW 850i.

12 cylinders, 24 valves, nearly 300 horses, 3 piece shnitzer type 2’s, a questionable suspension setup, and most importantly, 6 forward gears and 3 pedals by which to control them.


Among the nearly 8000 of you that voted, a solid 2/3rds suggested the owner had been smoking the crack. And while I didn’t pay the crack pipe price, I paid something approaching it. The seller was not kidding when he described it as nearly perfect. I challenge you to find a 25 year old car with 100,000 miles on it with an interior in such good shape. A pre-purchase inspection noted the a bit too much water in the brake fluid and a few leaky gaskets (nothing catastrophic) fluid was flushed and the price was adjusted accordingly for the gaskets.

It even got some (bad) press on bring a trailer. :( but i can’t seem to find the post.

With my cousin and his m3 on a quick mountain drive:


I saw the car, in Denver, for the first time while traveling across the country with a buddy in September. Flew back a few weeks ago, and drove her home to the east coast.

We may not have an autobahn here in the states, but we do have US roads in eastern Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. And boy-oh, this is what this car was made for. The landscape is amazing and boring at the same time, so the ability to cruise at high speeds for hours is quite welcome. I drove for 30-40 minute stretches the engine just a tick over 3k rpms, in 6th gear. I’ll let you gearing nerds do the math to figure out how far into triple digits I was. Seriously though, 12 cylinder smooth power, only accentuated by the smooth pavement. (thanks kansas) EXACTLY WHAT THIS CAR WAS MADE FOR.


2000 miles of dirt and dust:

Back in NYC:


Anyway, what’s not to love?


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