A video has appeared on the web showing the process of “revitalizing” a 1991 Bavarian coupe BMW 850i, which was parked in the place where it was discovered back in 2011. As a result, the car was able to start and stop movement on its own.
The decision to leave the car in one place for years can be devastating if it is not locked in a temperature-controlled garage with a team of mechanics hired to keep it in top condition. But this is not possible for every car, as some are left on the sidelines to rot, like this 1991 BMW 850i parked in a garden in 2011 and left abandoned. Time was not kind to this car, but that did not stop any mechanic from bringing the coupe back to road condition.
It takes a lot of work for this BMW to find a second life, and in the last part of a series of videos on the overseas YouTube channel M539 Restorations, it is shown that a lot of work needs to be done to get the abandoned car in perfect condition.
The video begins with a mechanic fixing the clutch pedal, which when pressed, sticks to the floor before moving on to the brakes and brake fluid. He then replaces the coolant, repairs the timing chain, and cleans the throttle bodies.
After he swaps out the transmission and differential fluids, BMW will be ready for its first ride in 10 years – and it will be successful, too. The car is not registered, so it cannot drive on public roads, but a test drive in a store parking lot shows that all of the car’s systems, at least those responsible for driving, are working correctly. The car is able to move, steer and stop on its own. However, that’s not all, because the brake pedal is too soft and the brake pressure accumulator is likely the cause.
The 30-year-old BMW, even for its age, still looks good, even if the Calypso Red paint has had better days. The interior is also in excellent condition, the power tilt and telescoping steering wheel is still working, as well as the memory function. The powerful 5.0-liter V12 comes alive again, producing around 300 horsepower (223 kilowatts). It’s not that much by today’s standards, but it was enough for the new high-end model.