As if it weren’t desirable enough, the BMW i8 gave fans even more reason to drool when it sold for $750,000 (a grand total of $825,000 with fees) at the Gooding and Company auction during the Concours d’Elegance weekend in Pebble Beach, CA. That’s a record for the brand new plug-in hybrid supercar — and six times the base MSRP of $135,700.
But it’s not just your run-of-the-mill BMW i8. The one-off, dubbed the Concours d’Elegance Edition, is clad in Frozen Grey Metallic paint and wrapped in Dalbergia Brown leather. Exterior and interior trim is in BMW’s bright, signature “i Blue,” including the seat belts. A commemorative plaque with the signatures of BMW designers and executives is mounted in the trunk floor, and “Concours d’Elegance Edition” is embossed into the front headrests.
The Concours d’Elegance Edition i8 also gets laser headlights, which are available on all European i8s, but aren’t legal on production cars in the U.S. A BMW executive told us this car received a special permit and will be street-legal in the U.S. because it’s one-of-a-kind.
Proceeds of the sale will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which raises funds for Monterey County youth and distributes grants spanning the arts, athletics, environmental sciences, educational organizations and community programs. No word on the i8’s buyer, but we do know the winning bid was made over the telephone. And because the proceeds of the sale go to charity, any amount the buyer pays above sticker price is a tax write-off.
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