<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055

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Lot 38
2003 BMW Z8 Roadster
Design by Henrik Fisker

Sold for US$ 207,200 inc. premium
2003 BMW Z8 Roadster
VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
Design by Henrik Fisker

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

*Just one owner and less than 8,000 miles from new
*Desirable one-year-only Stratus Grey over Crema livery
*Offered with Hard Top and a host of factory accessories
*Offered from the collection of Frank Darabont


THE BMW Z8

In 1956, BMW released the 507, a stunning two-seat roadster that delivered exhilarating performance, luxury, and rarity and 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 spaceframe chassis. The 4,941cc V8 engine was aluminum as well, a 400 horsepower powerplant 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 (US) launch price of over $128,000, initial demand was so high that a bidding war broke out, with many Z8s selling for well in excess of that figure. By the time production ceased in 2003, 5,703 of these fabulous cars had been built.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Originally delivered new in the latter part of 2002, this incredibly well-presented example of BMW's retro-inspired flagship is being offered for sale by the original owner, acclaimed director Frank Darabont. The Shawshank Redemption director – as well as creator of the Walking Dead series - had taken meticulous care of this Z8 over the past 17 years and it remains in excellent condition, with fewer than 8,000 miles since new, and complete with its factory hard top and accessories.

Mechanically, this Z8 has been fitted with the Performance Package to add rigidity to the frame and reinforce the chassis and has been serviced regularly at BMW dealerships in California. Cosmetically, the convertible top was replaced by BMW to correct a stitching defect and the sun visors, normally emblazoned with large warning stickers, have been replaced with authentic BMW examples with no warnings for a sleeker look altogether. Clearly, lots of attention was paid to every detail of this car, resulting in its beautiful presentation today.

The aluminum bodywork is finished in its original Stratus Grey paintwork over a warm Crema interior, making this one of fewer than 50 of the 5703 Z8s in this combination. The body panels are arrow straight and the paintwork is excellent, emblematic of a cosseted life of garage storage. The interior shows as if the car was brand new, and really compliments the Stratus Grey exterior color perfectly. Overall, this is an excellent Z8. There is a host of accessories accompanying the car, including the hard top, car phone, tool kit, unique owners' book and an extensive history file.

This particular Z8 is a great opportunity to acquire a rare color combination, single owner, low mileage, meticulously maintained example of BMW's retro-modern roadster, complete with its hardtop and equipped with the Performance Package. After 17 years, it is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner, perhaps in Zihuatanejo.
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<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
<b>2003 BMW Z8 Roadster</b><br />VIN. WBAEJ13403AH62055
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