Michael Jordan’s Iconic 1991 BMW 850i from ‘The Last Dance’ Heads to Auction, Igniting Nostalgia

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1991 BMW 850i
1991 BMW 850i (Credits: Motor Car Studio)

Indulge in a nostalgic journey through the basketball glory days with Netflix’s The Last Dance, a documentary that not only captivates basketball enthusiasts but also enthralls car aficionados, especially those with a penchant for 1990s luxury rides. Immerse yourself in a visual feast of sleek Slant-nose 911 cabriolets, imposing Mercedes limos, and high-performance Corvettes, often featuring the iconic Michael Jordan behind the wheel.

Now, seize the opportunity to own a piece of Michael Jordan’s legendary legacy as his 1991 BMW 850i hits the auction block on Bring a Trailer, a platform under the umbrella of Hearst Autos, much like Car and Driver. This exceptional BMW, once in possession of His Airness during his dominant years leading the Chicago Bulls to multiple championships, stands out as a V-12 powerhouse.

Unveiled by BMW at the 1989 Frankfurt Auto Show, the E31 chassis 8-series emerged as a grand touring marvel, not intended to replace the 6-series directly but effectively succeeding it with more power, increased luxury, and a higher price point. The 850i boasted a significant BMW V-12 engine, a departure from the brand’s signature inline-six engines that had defined the 1980s. Generating 296 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the 5.0-liter M70B50 V-12 in the 850i delivered a seamless surge of power, resembling a leather-lined freight train.

This specific 1991 BMW 850i, a testament to Michael Jordan’s genuine passion for cars, features a rare six-speed manual gearbox and various exclusive options. The Light Parchment interior, impeccably preserved, harmonizes with the Mauritius Blue metallic paint, creating a timeless allure. Rolling on distinctive 17-inch AC Schnitzer wheels, this BMW exudes a subtle yet distinguished aesthetic, enhanced by a few AC Schnitzer aero upgrades. The 8-series design, blending cues from the original M1 and the sophistication of a contemporary Aston Martin, has aged remarkably well.

Originally part of Michael Jordan’s collection, this 850i changed hands in 1995, and its second owner drove it sparingly, accumulating a mere 30,000 miles on the odometer. While the air conditioning requires attention, there’s ample mileage left for this V-12 cruiser. Despite the expected celebrity premium, given Jordan’s iconic status, it remains a compelling option compared to other iconic sports cars with MJ ownership history. As the auction concludes on January 8, embrace the chance to experience your own waltz with nostalgia, especially if you cherished The Last Dance.


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