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This Manual 1993 BMW 525i Wagon Actually Has a V12 From an 8 Series

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By this point, I’m sure you can tell what’s Jalop-bait and what’s not. The car’s gotta have a manual and generally be a wagon, at the very least. If you can throw a Radwood spin on it, even better. And this 1993 BMW 525i that popped up on Craigslist is the closest to that car I’ve seen in a while, namely because it has a V12 engine from an 8 Series—and a bunch of other parts from BMW’s big fancy ’90s coupe.

“1993 BMW 525i body sitting on a mid-90s BMW 850Ci chassis,” the ad reads (saved here). “It goes like this. The ultimate sleeper. Lowered, garage kept, never driven in winter during my ownership. 850Ci V12 motor (and uses them all). 850Ci six-speed manual transmission, driveline and rear end. 850Ci brakes and suspension.”


I reached out to the seller and he responded that this was not a modification he performed himself. It was apparently a purpose-built car that “came out of a renowned BMW performance shop in the Midwest.”


He alleged that the original 1994 850Ci had flipped in a wreck and was salvaged. The body was destroyed but all the mechanicals were “perfect” and that “it was a small leap to build an ultimate BMW wagon sleeper” with those parts.

After about two years of ownership, the owner is ready to let it go. His price? $17,000, at the time of this writing.

But he’s willing to trade for one of the following:

  • 2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6 AWD wagon
  • Late-model Jeep Rubicon 4x4 gas or diesel
  • Possible late-model diesel station wagon
  • Mercedes Sprinter Van 172-inch wheelbase, extra high roof
  • 2006 to 2010 Chevy Silverado 2500/3500 HD diesel crew cab long bed and less than 200,000 miles
  • 4x4 tractor with front bucket
  • Polaris side-by-side UTV

What do you think? Is this the Jalop-Radwood BMW Unicorn Wagon of your wildest dreams? Or something you should run from?


(h/t to Aarman!)