I'm not entirely against it.
Discounting the colour - that wouldn't work on a standard 8 - the arches aren't too bad, it's the front and rear valances and winglets on the sills that ruin it. In a dark colour they'd largely be lost, but that doesn't mean I'm excusing them. Aside from all that, they could have put new plates and front sidelight glass in.
Regarding rarity of manual 850s, I know one was lost to the scrappage scheme
I'd rather have the Velvet Blue 840 I saw earlier in the year though (I'd go for pretty much anything in that colour).
Dragons must be sad on their birthdays.