Car Donation Spotlight: 1991 BMW 850i

By Car Donation Wizard’s own: Sam Andrews

The year was 1991 – George H.W. Bush was president, the first Gulf War was wrapping up, and the world was suffering from a mild economic recession. The Soviet Union finally collapsed. Amy Grant and Pearl Jam were popular on the radio.

1991 also featured the second year of production for the remarkable BMW 8-series, otherwise known by internal chassis code name “E31”.

The 8-series had been in development since the mid-1980s and debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 1989. While most people assumed it was a replacement for the aging but adored 1976-1989 6-series, the new 8-series was intended as a whole new class. Indeed, the styling departure and introduction of several new engines emphasized the arrival of a totally new flagship coupe for BMW.

The two most interesting aspects of the vehicle were the styling and available engines.

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The body design is credited to German designer Klaus Kapitza. BMW had various lead designers over the years, and several of them responsible for the company’s greatest designs were Italians like Ercole Spada (even Mercedes’ best designs of the 1980s were penned by legendary Italian designer Bruno Sacco), but they turned to a fellow German for the all-new 8. Computer-aided design (CAD) tools, which were advanced for the time, helped create an excellent drag coefficient of 0.29.

The results are stunning. The design is part wedge-shape from the 70s and 80s and part smooth, aerodynamic body style for the 90s and beyond. The hood that tapers to a small, thin nose gave the car the famous nicknames “the great white” and “the shark” for the snout-like look of the front. The slim turn indicator light strips and pop-up headlights were no doubt inspired by the M1 racing car from 1978-1981. Since the M1 was never sold directly to the public, the 8-series is so far the only mass-produced BMW with pop-up headlights.

The angular rear is distinguished by broad red plastic taillights, bold and visible for safety when breaking in front of other motorists. There are also four exhaust pipes.

Engine-wise, the only version initially offered was the 850i with an incredible 12-cylinder engine producing 296 horsepower. Then in 1993 a slightly more fuel-efficient 8-cylinder engine was offered called the 840i, around the same time the company offered V8s on several other models like the 5 and 7-series as well.

Donated 1991 BMW

The early 90s-era the 8-series was introduced in had a special impact on the car. The Gulf War, global recession, increasing energy costs and general mood of the times made the notion of a lavish, expensive, relatively inefficient vehicle very unattractive for most.The car was also pulled from the U.S. market two years before it ceased production worldwide in 1999. The total number of cars sold in North America was only 7,232 over seven years. This makes the BMW 8-series a rare and desirable car.

Some people swapped the 12-cyl. for a GM engine. The car could be considered a commercial flop, because they were expensive, sold few units, and were costly to repair for owners, but they are a fan favorite and will probably be elevated to classic status in years to come.

Our 1991 car donation example features black paint, tan leather, unique gold BBS cross-spoke wheels, and 178,645 on the odometer.


National Animal Shelter Week

Guest Blog Post By: Jamal Stutts

Did you know there is a National Animal Shelter Week?

National Animal Shelter week was established in 1996 by the HSUS (Humane Society of United States). They started a campaign to circulate knowledge to the community about the roles shelters play in local communities. The campaign also helps the public, like you and I, become aware of the various animal welfare issues and shelter services.

This week is dedicated to getting many animals adopted into new homes, celebrating no kill animal shelters and thanking the many adopted pet lovers across the United States.  You can search for animal adoptions from just about anywhere: your mobile phone, internet, or even your local cable provider.  You can even narrow down what kind of animal your are looking for by breed, color, age, weight, and height.

If animal adoption isn’t the best option for you right now, you can always help out your local animal shelters by giving a donation. Shelters are always in need of funding to buy medical supplies, equipment, and food for rescued animals.  If you want to see the value of your donation in action, take a tour and see how things work in your local shelter, maybe even become a volunteer!

There are many things you can do to jump start National Animal Shelter week. Talk to one of your local shelters first and get some more information on how you can help. I bet you will be glad you did! Spread the word to co-workers and neighbors. Every little bit helps.

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Spotlight on our Partner: WORLD Magazine

Based out of Asheville, North Carolina, WORLD Magazine is the leading supporter of Christian worldview journalism producing a bi-weekly magazine and up-to-the-minute online news stories. The mission and vision of WORLD Magazine is “to report, interpret, and illustrate the news in a timely, accurate, enjoyable, and arresting fashion from a perspective committed to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.” Each bi-weekly magazine features both international  and U.S. based news, cultural analysis, editorials and commentary, as well as book, music and movie reviews. In addition, WORLD also publishes an end of the year issue that covers the top stories from the previous year, obituaries, and statistics

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All vehicle donations will be used to help grow content and strengthen WORLD as a news organization. Donors can be sure that their donation will help journalists cover all aspects of the news: national, international, and cultural; politics and business; medicine, science, technology, and sports with feisty columns and religious reflections. Car, truck, boat, personal watercraft, RV or motorcycle donations help WORLD continue to report on and look for provocative and evocative news stories. Remember that your vehicle donation is tax deductible. Call one of our helpful customer service team members for more information on what you can donate or to start car donation today by calling us at 800-822-9286 or visiting us online.


East Africa Plea from the UNICEF

Dear Reader,

The starvation crisis in East Africa is worsening. Right now, over 320,000 malnourished children in East Africa are at risk of immediate death if they don’t receive lifesaving assistance.

That’s why I’m leaving today for UNICEF’s Emergency Supply Center in Copenhagen. There, emergency medical supplies will be packed and I will accompany the transport flight to Kenya – to raise awareness of the incredible need, and to help save lives.

While I’m in Copenhagen, I’ll be joining the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are making a special visit to the center tomorrow to put the global spotlight back on this heart-wrenching humanitarian crisis. Please, follow my personal Twitter feed, @CarylStern, to read and retweet stories from this urgent delivery. I’ll also be posting regularly to our blog, FieldNotes.

Caryl M. Stern
President & CEO
U.S. Fund for UNICEF


Happy World Habitat Day!

In recognition of World Habitat Day 2011, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates are hosting hundreds of events to address the need for decent housing around the world. World Habitat Day, observed today, Oct. 3, is designated each year by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the dire need for adequate shelter.

Habitat for Humanity’s 500,000th house built, rehabilitated or repaired worldwide will be dedicated in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, on World Habitat Day, Oct. 3rd. (c)Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker

“It’s such a perfect fit for Habitat for Humanity to emphasize the observance of World Habitat Day,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “With 1.6 billion people around the world living in inadequate shelter, we want to make it clear that housing challenges affect everyone, and it will take participation by all sectors of society to find solutions. We are pleased to see so many Habitat for Humanity organizations around the globe making special efforts to raise awareness for affordable housing issues and engaging others in furthering our mission to build homes, communities and hope.”

On World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity International will dedicate its 500,000th house built or rehabilitated around the world in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and raise walls on its 500,001st house in Paterson, New Jersey.

Habitat will continue its observance of World Habitat Day with Build Hope: A World Habitat Day Event Recognizing Humanitarian Leadership, which will bring together friends of Habitat for Humanity, government officials, congressional representatives, and corporate and philanthropic leaders to focus attention on World Habitat Day and spotlight Habitat’s disaster response and rebuilding efforts in Haiti. The event also will highlight Habitat’s 28th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, taking place in Léogâne, Haiti, Nov. 5-12.

In recognition of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity International will unveil its 2012 Shelter Report in Washington, D.C., held in conjunction with a Brookings Institution event. The report entitled “Build Hope: Housing Cities after a Disaster” focuses on the critical need for disaster planning and long-term recovery particularly in urban and developing areas with large populations.

Visit to see a list of Habitat for Humanity World Habitat Day events.


About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate a vehicle or to volunteer, please visit