2001 BMW Z8

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    2001
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    142
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue

Description

  • Desirable Topaz Blue over beige, one of only 138 finished as such
  • Accompanied by its original manuals and factory hardtop

Hearkening back to the iconic 507 of the 1950s, the Henrik Fisker–designed Z07 roadster caught the eyes and imaginations of sports car enthusiasts at the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show and prompted BMW to ready it for the 2000 model year. Renamed the Z8 for production, at its heart was BMW’s lauded S62 V-8 engine, a powerplant it shared with the E39 M5. Producing 400 bhp, the Z8 out-accelerated the Ferrari 360 Modena in contemporary road tests, despite being envisioned as an open-top grand tourer rather than an all-out performance car.

Finished in desirable Topaz Blue over a Crema interior, only 138 Z8s were built to this colour combination worldwide, making it exceptionally rare when considering the car’s total production run of 5,703. Importantly, it is accompanied by some service records from an authorized BMW dealership in Kuwait, as well as some original manuals. Presently, the car resides in the United Arab Emirates. Its odometer shows just over 15,600 km, and the car presents well throughout.

Boasting looks inspired by BMW’s rich past combined with modern performance, it’s no wonder that the Z8 proved to be a success for the company. Costarring alongside Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in The World Is Not Enough earned the Z8 a place in pop culture, and as the film series’ last collaboration with BMW, it occupies a unique place in the marque’s history. This attractive example would surely be a thrill to drive and enjoy.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/ad19.