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
*One owner from new
*Exquisite, low-mileage example of the Z8 Roadster
*Extremely well-kept condition inside and out
*Complete with factory hard top, books, tools and service records
THE BMW Z8
'That this new car, the Z8, is scorchingly fast comes as no surprise. It employs the potent 400-hp M5 powertrain, which endows the M5 sedan with the acceleration of a Corvette. Weighing about 500 pounds less than the two-ton M5, the Z8's performance is beyond question.' – Car & Driver.
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
That these cars benefit from a cult following among collectors should come as no surprise, they embody those same retro looks with the 'mod-cons' of today, in keeping with the company's marketing, could well be considered as 'the ultimate driving machine'.
The car we present here follows the iconic look for these cars so memorably piloted on screen by James Bond in the movie The World Is Not Enough, albeit receiving an ending more appropriate to one of his enemies than comrades... Like Bond's car, it is finished in the Titanium Silver Metallic scheme, with a business like Nappa Black all leather interior and Anthracite headliner. Imported through New Jersey for dealer VOB Auto Sales of Rockville, Maryland, it landed with the current owner in Pennsylvania in October that year.
Over the course of the next 16/17 years the car has been thoroughly, but carefully enjoyed by its single owner, in his home state and Florida and accruing an average of roughly 1,000 miles a year, to read 17,818 on its odometer at the time of photography. Testament to their build quality, the seller reports that there were no recalls from BMW, and that his maintenance has simply been by the book as and when necessary. Today, the interior remains immaculate with limited signs of age, and matches the exterior which has been carefully maintained and is extremely clean. The hardtop as fitted today, has never been removed from the car, so the soft top remains unused therefore. The CarFax for the car lists no accident damage throughout the car's life.
Offered with the car are the original equipment including manuals, sales brochure, tools, window sticker, even factory installed cellphone and the hardtop. This Z8 is a highly collectible BMW, and will be a treasured asset for years to come.