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Autotrader Find: Purple 1995 BMW 850CSi

Here’s one of the rarest modern BMW models: a 1995 850CSi. BMW only made 1,510 examples of the 850CSi during its short production run from 1992 to 1996, and only 225 were destined for North America — and this is one of the 225. Making things even more bizarre is the fact that … it’s purple.

Yes, it’s purple, and yes — that’s a factory color. The ad says this car was ordered through the “BMW Individual” program, which allows customers to specify certain things you can’t exactly get in the normal ordering catalog — and purple is precisely that. The ad says this is the only 850CSi made in this color for the entire planet, and further notes that the original sticker price was well over $100,000 — way back in 1995.

This 850CSi has traveled just 39,000 miles from new, and it looks like the seats are purple, too, with white seat centers — a bizarre combination that’s sure to stand out. Like all 850CSi models, this one boasts a 6-speed manual transmission mated to a V12, and it puts out a healthy 380 horsepower.

This 850CSi is offered in the Los Angeles area, and it’s listed for $145,000 — a pricey figure, sure, but a justifiable number considering the 850CSi’s increasing collectibility, this car’s unique color scheme and the excellent, low-mileage condition of this particular example. If you’re looking for the ultimate 1990s BMW, this might just be it.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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