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Here Are 5 Collectible BMWs That Are Going Up in Price

Although BMW has never really been considered a brand for "expensive collector cars" like Ferrari or Porsche or even Mercedes-Benz, that’s changing. In recent years, certain BMW models have been appreciating in value — and certain others are poised to do the same. To provide some examples, I’m rounding up five collectible BMW models currently listed for sale on Autotrader that are likely to increase in price in the coming years.

  1994 BMW 850CSi

1994 BMW 850CSi

The BMW 850CSi was the ultimate iteration of the 8 Series — BMW’s once maligned (but increasingly sought-after) full-size luxury sport coupe of the early 1980s. Powered by a 375-horsepower V12 mated to a 6-speed manual, the 850CSi touts some serious performance and gorgeous styling — and while this excellent 1994 model with 72,000 miles is listed at a steep $79,500 at Chequered Flag in the Los Angeles area, I suspect we’ll look back on that price in a few years and laugh about how it used to be so cheap. Find a BMW 850CSi for sale

2001 BMW 740i M Sport

2001 BMW 740i M Sport

The "E38" BMW 7 Series, which was sold from 1995 to 2001, is generally considered one of the most attractive sedan models — and most people who believe that especially love the 2000 and 2001 "M Sport" models, which offered some sporty visual cues compared to more luxury-oriented versions of the E38 7 Series. Although I’m not sure if the E38 740i M Sport will shoot up in value like the other cars on this list, it definitely has a following — and this 2-owner 2001 model is an excellent example of the car in its desirable short wheelbase guise, offered by a private seller in New Jersey with just 85,000 miles and an asking price of only $10,500. Find a BMW 740i for sale

2001 BMW M Coupe

2001 BMW M Coupe

The BMW M Coupe — affectionately dubbed the "clown shoe" by many, for its shape — has always held car enthusiasts’ interest. In recent years, however, interest has increased — particularly in 2001 and 2002 models equipped with the powerful "S54" engine from the E46-era BMW M3. This 2001 M Coupe is offered with just 25,000 miles by Enthusiast Auto Group in Cincinnati, and the asking price is a high $79,990 — but this car appears absolutely perfect, and its desirability and unusual design ensures it’ll continue to retain its collectability. Find a BMW M Coupe for sale

2003 BMW M5

2003 BMW M5

The "E39" BMW M5 is one of the most-loved 2000s BMW models, if not the very most-loved — and this is a fantastic example: A relatively low-mileage M5 from the final model year, 2003, is currently being sold by the original owner. It’s available in Napa, California, for $29,990 — a number we’re all going to wish we had paid, given this car’s classic styling, its relative simplicity and its desirable 6-speed manual transmission. While I suspect all older M5 models will increase in value, the E39 version will likely be the one that stands out above the rest. Find a BMW M5 for sale

2011 BMW 1 Series M

2011 BMW 1 Series M

The BMW 1 Series M is my all-time favorite BMW. Unlike many other modern BMW models, which continue getting larger with each update, the 1M boasts a desirable small size. It was also only offered with a manual transmission, it didn’t have excessive engine power and its production was impressively limited — meaning you’re unlikely to encounter another one on the road. This 1M is offered by Bridge City Motors in Portland with a relatively high 43,500 miles at a reasonable $52,995 — still over the original MSRP, seven years after going on sale. Find a BMW 1 Series M for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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  1. Expressions of interest

    BMW station wagon  one of a kind 1970s’ 
    built in England by Schnitzer
    Excellent Condition 
    all original parts
     Have the  status if owning  the only one of its’ kind in the world 
  2. Ok I have a mint 40K 2007 328i in bright red with beigh interior. Ammenties include Sport pkg, Premium pkg, satillite, etc. Did a 100 % refresh and stuck her in my garage under cover. I have had four BMWs and this one – is the ONE. the M52 engine (mag & ALUM) is my favorite (with auto).

  3. I suspect diesel Beamers will also appreciate over time, They have impressive power, efficiency and no longer being made, I’m so glad I snagged my E90 335d which is one of the more attractive model, But the E46 M3 will always be one of the best looking IMO.

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Doug Demuro
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 multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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