1926 BMW Z1,
Lot 357
1989 BMW Z1 Roadster Chassis no. WBABA910904L00720
Sold for £10,350 (US$ 17,386) inc. premium
Lot Details
1989 BMW Z1 Roadster
Registration no. (see text)
Chassis no. WBABA910904L00720


  • The BMW Z1 is particularly resistant to corrosion thanks to having a chassis-tub made from galvanised steel to which thermoplastic body panels are attached. Most ingeniously, the model’s trademark doors slide vertically into the sills making access to the low-down interior particularly easy and permitting doors-down motoring if required. The well tried 325i 6-cylinder engine provides super-smooth performance up to 230kph (143mph).
    One of 8093 Z1s manufactured between June 1989 and June 1991, this Boston Green painted roadster with Citrus part-leather seats with cloth inserts and dark green leather dash top was built in Munich on the 26th of September 1989. Italian registration for a first owner on the 16th of November of that year is confirmed by an Italian Ministero dei Transporti Targa number PG751728 and a copy of an invoice on file indicates subsequent Belgian ownership from November 2005. The overall mileage has risen to the 61,600k currently displayed. Also present is a Z1 maintenance booklet.
    Having been made in the EEC and only ever registered in European mainland countries, being issued with UK registration therefore should be a relatively straightforward formality for this largely original example of a most stylish and collectible BMW, which, although sold in the UK, was never produced in RHD.

Saleroom notices

  • The BMW Group Classic Archivist tells us that chassis WBABA91090AL00720 - original colour Traum-Schwartz (black metallic) and one of 8000 Z1s produced in Munich between July 1988 and June 1991 - was manufactured 26 June 1989, delivered 25 August to BMW Dealers Autohaus Schreyer in Kippenheim and first German registered 26 September. The car was subsequently Italian registered 16 November of that year.