18 months after passing the 10k cars milestone we are pleased to
announce that the 8Coupe team has managed to again add more than one
thousand new 8ers to the archive which on this 11-11 coincidentally
holds data for 11.111 8-series cars.
The overall per annum
distribution did not change significantly and we
now see more than 50% archived for the production years from 1995
onwards with the maximum at near two thirds for the last production
Percentage of archived cars by
Comparison between 07/2011 (7.000 cars
in archive), 05/2013
(9.000), 4/2014 (10.000) and 11/2015 (11.111)
As expected the frequency of new additions has dropped down
significantly and more and more time is required to add data to cars
that have been archived earlier. As a consequence the annual increase
has seen a drop from averaging in excess of 1.000 cars up until 2013 to
ca. 850 new additions in 2014 and an estimated 600 cars during 2015.
The strongest increase on a percentage basis can be seen for those type
codes where the largest numbers are still missing. Overall percentages
for early build years remain low due to the comparatively large numbers
of cars produced between 1990-1992.
Increase rates by type codes compared with percentage of cars archived
in 4/2014 (10.000 cars archived) and 11/2015 (11.111 cars)
Low percentages coupled with high production numbers still result in
high absolute figures. The early M70 (EG21, ECE, Auto, LHD) is now at
more than 10% below the average but with 2809 cars archived by far the
highest count. Second in line is the NA spec M70 Auto (EG23) with 1543
archived which correspond to 46.1% - 10% above the average of 36.2%
Absolute numbers of cars in archive by type codes / delivery regions
The 8Coupe outlook and a new milestone:
We are now "only" 1100 cars short of the next significant milestone. It
seems realistic that the 8Coupe team can reach the 40% archived
milestone (12249 cars) before the 8-series turns 30 in 2019. We will
hence drop the long active "one-third" milestone and continue to strive
towards that new goal.
Where is the 8er going next?
The past year seems to indicate that the time of appreciation is coming
- finally. This may be attributable to a general trend towards vintage
cars where (in Europe) Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are leaders of the
pack by a wide margin with other marques following suit. Judging from
favorable reviews of the past years and the 8-series climbing up in the
ranks of desirability some of the specimens of the E31 range are
already reaching for the stars. Especially the top-end CSi and even
more so its close relative, the much rarer Alpina B12 have seen
significant price hikes and average asking prices are at times
multiples of what was seen in the years past. ECE M73 and M62,
especially when outfitted by BMW Individual are also very much on the
rise and start to find appreciation in a similar fashion.
8Coupe.com Registry Team
November, 11th 2015
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