2003 BMW Z8

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    2003
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    164
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

The BMW Z8 was a limited-edition production version of the sensational Z07 concept car designed by Chris Bangle, Henrik Fisker, and Scott Lempert. Utilizing an all-aluminum space frame and coachwork, the compound curves of this lightweight roadster evoked memories of the iconic BMW 507 of the late 1950s.

Fitted with a 4.9-liter V-8 engine developed by the BMW Motorsport division, the Z8’s acceleration, handling, and braking outperformed the Ferrari 360 Modena in a period Car and Driver magazine test. The magazine likened the Z8 to “a hugely refined and sophisticated [427] Cobra.” Hand-finished by BMW craftsmen in Munich, the Z8 was heralded as an instant classic. Upon the exclusive roadster’s introduction, BMW took the unusual step of assuring a 50-year parts supply for it, thereby ensuring the sports car’s long-term collectibility.

Though titled and sold new as a 2003 example, the car offered here was built in November 2002 – the last month of Z8 production before the model evolved into the Alpina V8 Roadster. Imported January 12, 2003, into California, it remained there from new until the current owner acquired the car in June 2010. Showing just 61 total miles when catalogued, it seems unlikey that there would be an example with lower mileage. Stored in a climate-controlled hangar, it remains in pristine condition throughout. This is a rare opportunity to own one of BMW’s benchmark sports cars.