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2005 BMW 8 Series Inventory Project

Vision:  Consolidate and aggregate BMW 8 Series production data including Alpina B12 5.0/5.7 and Special Editions.

Objectives:  

  1. Inventory 100% of the 30,621 8 Series produced from 1989-99 by end of year (EOY) 2005 with a specific build sheet - Completed 10/2006 
  2. Catalog 25% (7,655) of the 30,621 8er's produced by 2012 with pictures, information, or sales data - Completed 02/2012

This project continues to be an enormous undertaking. The long-range plan is to have the information available to the community via 8Coupe.com.

Special Notes

Alpina B12's (as of 05/2014)

  • B12 5.0 - 60.8% of the BMW/Alpina build sheets are matched to an Alpina B12 5.0:
    • Identified 95 of the 97 BMW/Alpina build sheets
    • Matched 59 B12 5.0's with a BMW build sheet
    • Identified 72 B12 5.0's with the BMW Alpina Build Number (1 through 97)
  • B12 5.7 - 93.0% of the BMW/Alpina build sheets are matched to an Alpina B12 5.7:
    • Identified 57 of the 57 BMW/Alpina build sheets - Completed
    • Matched 53 B12 5.7's with a BMW build sheet
    • Identified 57 B12 5.7's with the Alpina Build Number (1 through 57) - Completed 
BMW 830Ci
  • All 18 prototype 830Ci's (auto and 6spd manual) are identified with a specific build sheet
  • These developmental vehicles were built in calendar year 1992

Special Editions

Japan M-Individual (M60/M62 840CiA's)

  • Special packaged car by the BMW M division for the Japanese market 
  • Production period: 4/1996 - 4/1999
  • Identified 298 official M62 840's, 1 unofficial = 299
  • Identified 3 M60 840 protoypes (10-12/1995)

Mexico Luxury (M73 850CiA's)

  • Special packaged car for the Mexican market 
  • Production period: 7/1995 - 11/1996
  • Identified 38 M73 850CiA's
Platinum Edition (M73 850CiA's)
  • Special packaged car for the Middle Eastern market
  • Production period: 3/1998 - 5/1999
  • Identified 61 M73 850CiA's

Alpina Edition (M73 850CiA's)

  • Alpina interior packaged car for the Middle Eastern market 
  • Production period: 12/1998 - 5/1999
  • Identified 10 M73 850CiA's 

Next Steps

  • Aggregate the data - Completed
  • Continue the auditing process - Completed
  • Populate the new database(s)  - In progress
  • Prepare the information for public consumption - In progress 

Timeline

 

Month/Year

Activity

04/2014
  • 10,000 8er's cataloged equalling 32% of the worldwide production
06/2013
  • 9,187 8er's cataloged equalling 30% of the worldwide production
 05/2013
  • 8,888 8er's cataloged equalling 29% of the worldwide production 

 02/2012

  • 7,655 8er's cataloged equalling 25% of the worldwide production
  • Fundamental MILESTONE  of the 2005 BMW 8 Series Inventory Project has been reached after more than 7 years of archiving efforts

 01/2012

  • EOY 2011 - 7,476 8er's cataloged worldwide
  • Worldwide shipments by type code, destination country, calendar year going online
 12/2011
  • VBS-Report available to registered owners

 07/2011

  • 7,000 8er's cataloged worldwide

 01/2011

  • EOY 2010 - 6,233 8er's cataloged worldwide

 05/2010

  • Sweden E31 Owner joins Registry Team
  • Record number of 8's cataloged in one month: 223
02/2010
  • Developed VBS-R beta v0.5; owners evaluation in progress
  • Norwegian E31 Owner joins Registry Team
  • 5,000 8er's cataloged worldwide
07/2009
  • Developed VBS-R beta v0.3; owners evaluation in progress
  • Turkey E31 Owner joins Registry Team
  • 4,497 8er's cataloged worldwide
05/2009
  • Alpina B12 Coupe Registry web pages designed
  • Dinan 850 Twin Turbo (TT) Register launched
  • 4,221 8er's cataloged worldwide
09/2008
  • Developed VBS-R beta v0.2
  • New online database schema completed
12/2007
  • Created expanded build sheet beta (VBS-R v0.1)
  • Initial global 8er Exterior/Interior color combinations summary launched online
03/2007
  • Color data audit completed 
  • Exterior/Interior color summary for global 8er's launched online
10/2006
  • 100% of 8er's inventoried
  • Overall, a two year, four month effort
  • All 30,621 8's inventoried with a build sheet for each individual car - MILESTONE
12/2005
  • 62% of 8er's inventoried - EOY 2005
  • 19,128 8's inventoried
07/2005
  • All 7,803 M60/62 840's inventoried
  • 55% of 8er's inventoried
  • 16,841 8's inventoried
02/2005
  • All 7,232 NA 8er's inventoried
12/2004
  • Formally formed project and audacious goal to catalog all worldwide E31's
  • 50% of 8er's inventoried - EOY 2004
  • All 1,510 S70 850CSi's inventoried
  • 15,310 8's inventoried
06/2004
  • Informally began with North America (NA) focus
  • All NA M62 840CiA and M73 850CiA inventoried