1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171
Lot 358
1989 BMW Z1 Roadster
Sold for £ 41,400 (US$ 57,523) inc. premium

Lot Details
1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster  Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171
1989 BMW Z1 Roadster
Registration no. F881 DUH
Chassis no. WBABA91020AL00171
*Left-hand drive
*Professionally stored since1996
*17,127 kilometres from new
*Freshly serviced

Footnotes

  • A 'concept car' first shown by BMW in 1986 and officially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1987, the Z1 sports roadster was used to showcase emerging automotive technologies, including the 'internal skeleton' method of construction that made for a very stiff chassis and excellent roadholding.

    Moulded plastic panels clothed the galvanised steel chassis, which was braced by a moulded composite under-tray. The body panels were easily removed, and it was even suggested that owners might want to buy a second set in an alternative colour. Unusually, the electrically operated doors dropped into the body sides to provide access; to date, the BMW Z1 remains the only convertible car to employ this technology. The Z1 could be driven with soft-top closed or open; windows closed or open; or doors open or closed.

    The running gear was more conventional - MacPherson strut independent front suspension being complemented by a wishbone set-up at the rear - while motive power was supplied by a 2.5-litre, 170bhp version of BMW's overhead-cam straight six driving the rear wheels via five-speed manual gearbox. Top speed was around 225km/h (140mph) with 100km/h (62mph) coming up in around 8 seconds. Production began slowly in 1988 at the rate of six cars per day, ending in 1991 after the planned 8,000 units had been built. Demand was strong from the start despite a high price, and today this landmark model continues to be highly sought after by BMW collectors.

    Manufactured in 1989 and first registered abroad, this example was sold by Wyndhams of Cardiff to its first UK owner on 8th July 1989, and in November of that year underwent its first (running in) service at Wyndhams. On 23rd February 1993, the BMW was sold by Sytner, Nottingham. Serviced by Sytner in 1993 and 1994, the second service being carried out at 13,993 kilometres, the Z1 has been in professional storage since June 1996.

    'F881 DUH' was serviced in 2003 while in storage and has a current MoT certificate, issued at 17,120 kilometres and expiring on 30th October 2017. The car also comes with a V5C document, a quantity of expired MoT certificates; and its BMW wallet containing the handbook (in German), BMW Service Directory (Europe), UK Service Book, radio handbook, alarm instructions, and original paint touch up. It will be offered for sale fresh from servicing by Dmworx of Aylesbury, independent BMW specialists.
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