A brilliant exercise in 'retro' styling that recalled its fabulous '328' sports car of pre-war days, BMW's Z3 was introduced in 1996. The original four-cylinder 1.9-litre Z3 was more of a stylish boulevard cruiser than out-and-out sports car, a successful concept perhaps best exemplified by Mercedes-Benz's old 230/250/280SL family, and would prove equally appealing to both men and women drivers. The arrival of the 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine in 1997 transformed the Z3, endowing it with a level of performance that at last matched the promise of its looks. Six-cylinder cars enjoyed a lengthier equipment list than the 'fours', which included an electric hood (roadster), leather upholstery, and 16" alloy wheels.
This particular 2.8-litre car was first registered in November 2000 in Japan at an authorised BMW dealership. It has had only two owners (neither of them a smoker), has been well maintained and comes with all its original maintenance records. The car also has its original service book, owner's manual, and audio manual in the original BMW leather case, and comes complete with tools and spare wheel.
The first owner kept the car garaged at all times, while the second kept it covered up to preserve it in excellent condition. The leather red interior is the perfect complement to the original BMW Titansilber metallic exterior colour, while the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres were fitted only 1,500 kilometres ago. Other noteworthy features include air conditioning, power steering, power windows, central locking, ABS, airbags, keyless entry, CD, MD, TV, navigation system, sunroof, and leather seats.
Please note this motor car is subject to VAT of 20% is applicable to the Hammer Price should the car remain in the EU.