1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807

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1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute

Sold for € 58,650 (US$ 64,966) inc. premium
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute
Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032
•Long-term single ownership
•23,047 kilometres recorded
•Restored and rebuilt as a RLE tribute

'Burkard Bovensiepen's Alpina company has for more than 30 years produced the niche models that BMW itself does not want to make. Based in the Bavarian town of Buchloe, an hour or so from BMW's Munich headquarters, Alpina creates cars for connoisseurs. They are expensive and not necessarily more powerful or faster than standard BMWs, but they do offer combinations not available from the factory.' - Car & Driver.

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 M20 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.

Alpina's conversions for BMWs frequently involve extensive changes to the standard bodywork in pursuit of increased aerodynamic downforce, but happily in the Z1's case these bolt-on additions were not deemed necessary. When it came to producing their special 'RLE' (Roadster Limited Edition) version, Alpina had relatively little to do, so effective was BMW's original conception. Instead, Alpina focused its attention on giving the Z1 a much needed power increase, dropping in its tuned 2,651cc version of the M20 producing 200bhp. With an additional 30 horsepower on tap, the RLE raced to 100km/h (62mph) in 7.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of around 230km/h (142mph). Changes to the suspension were minimal, while there was little to distinguish the RLE from the standard Z1 apart from its Alpina 17" alloy wheels and Alpina steering wheel. The Z1 is a rare model in its own right but Alpina's Roadster Limited Edition - with only 66 built - takes this exclusivity to another level.

This particular Z1 was first registered in March 1990 in Japan where it enjoyed long-term ownership in the care of a Z1 enthusiast and was well maintained. The vendors purchased the car in 2016 and have restored it as a RLE tribute. All parts were checked and changed where necessary, including the wheelarches, which are genuine Z1 parts, purchased from BMW Classic in Germany. Many other parts were changed to ensure that the Z1 would be good to use for another 20 years, while the body was stripped down and painted throughout in Alpina RLE metallic blue. The car features original Alpina decor throughout and the convertible top is new. The hardest items to find were the original Alpina wheels, which are mounted on special spacers and shod with new Goodyear tyres. The interior and the seats were refurbished, and the vendors also found a rare nubuck leather to re-cover the handbrake and other interior elements. Other rare parts obtained include the genuine Alpina wooden shift knob and new Alpina steering wheel.

This Z1 is now in very good condition having covered only 23,047 kilometres; indeed, everyone that has seen the finished result has been convinced that this beautiful car is a genuine Z1 Alpina RLE, so similar is it to the genuine article. Accompanying documentation consists of a Japanese export certificate and a restoration file, and the car also comes with a copy of the book 'BMW Z1' and an original owner's handbook.

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  • Please be advised we note a crack in the lower rear sill which requires attention. Veuillez noter qu'il y a une fissure dans le seuil arrière qui mérite attention.
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1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
1989 BMW Z1 Alpina Roadster Limited Edition Tribute  Chassis no. WBABA910X0AL00032 Engine no. 45151807
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