<b>2001 BMW Z8</b><br /> Vin. WBAEJ13451AH60489
Lot 3
Rare Topaz Blue
2001 BMW Z8 Roadster
Sold for US$ 198,000 inc. premium

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2001 BMW Z8 Roadster
Vin. WBAEJ13451AH60489

4,941cc 32-Valve DOHC V8 Engine
Bosch Motronic Fuel Injection
400bhp at 6,600rpm
6-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Exquisite, low-mileage example of the Z8 Roadster
*Rare Topaz Blue Metallic over Black interior
*Extremely well-kept condition inside and out
*Complete with factory hard top, books, tools and service records


THE BMW Z8

In 1956, BMW released the 507, a stunning two-seat Roadster that delivered exhilarating performance, luxury, and rarity, which remains one of the most coveted BMW models ever produced. At the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show, BMW displayed a stylish retro-inspired concept car, the Z07. The Henrik Fisker-designed concept was initially intended to merely exist as a sole concept, however the incredible reception and overwhelmingly positive acclaim spurred the decision to put it into limited serial production in 1999.

The resulting Z8 remained remarkably faithful to the Z07 concept, with the 507-like twin-nostril front grille and distinctive front-wing vents. A period-style interior had been one of the Z07's most remarked upon features, and that too made it into the Z8, including a banjo-style steering wheel. The sleek and taught bodywork was all wrought in aluminum, as was the space-frame chassis. The 4,941cc V8 engine was aluminum as well, a 400-horsepower power-plant that motivates this lithe roadster to 60mph in a scant 4.2 seconds. Needless to say, the Z8 was fitted with all the luxury appointments befitting a flagship model: traction control, stability control, front and side air bags, GPS navigation, climate control and power operation of the seats, steering wheel and convertible top.

Along with being a stunning, hand built limited-production roadster, BMW further enhanced the Z8's appeal to collectors by announcing that a 50-year stockpile of Z8 parts would be maintained. Despite a hefty launch price, initial demand was so high that a bidding war broke out, with many Z8s selling for well in excess of MSRP. By the time production ceased in 2003, 5,703 of these fabulous cars had been built.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This splendid example of BMW's limited-production retro-inspired Roadster was completed at the Munich based Bayerische Motoren Werke in January of 2001. Built for the US market, the new BMW was finished in the rare and desirable Topaz Blue Metallic, and trimmed in Black. The new Z8 came to Charleston, SC later in January of 2001, and was sold to its first owner in February 2001, a Florida based enthusiast. The car is believed to have remained in Florida until the late 2000s, clocking up just over 11,000 miles. It should be noted, that the CARFAX picks up an extra digit on the odometer reading in 2012; surely a clerical error. The consignor – a Southern California based enthusiast with a taste for fine European sports cars - purchased the Z8 in 2012, with less than 12,000 miles on the odometer, and has since maintained the car and shown it at local Concours events. Except for a scratch down the driver's side that was painted, the cars exterior and interior remains in original and beautiful condition.

With fewer than 15,300 original miles, this well cared for example is in wonderful condition throughout. The smart aluminum bodywork presents beautifully, and the 507-inspired interior is in similarly excellent condition, with its luxuriant hides showing minimal wear.

This is a wonderful and well-sorted example of one of the 2,543 units produced for the US market. The BMW comes complete with factory hard top, books, tools and service records. In the desirable 6-Speed manual configuration, with the potent 32-Valve V8 engine out front, this Z8 would be an easy-to-use Sunday morning driver. This Z8 is a highly collectible BMW, with outstanding performance and gorgeous aesthetics.
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