2001 BMW Z8SOLD

2001 BMW Z8

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To be offered at auction at RM Sotheby's Motor City event, July 25, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/.

Chassis No.
WBAEJ13481AH60437

Estimate:
$175,000 - $225,000

400 hp, 4,941 cc DOHC 32-valve V-8 engine, six-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, MacPherson struts, anti-roll bar, and telescopic dampers, independent rear suspension with coil springs, multi-ling location, anti-roll bar, and telescopic dampers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 98.5 in.


All-original example with less than 15,500 miles from new
Clean CARFAX with no accident history
Tribute to the legendary 507 Roadster

BMW introduced its quirky Z1 Roadster with roll-up doors in 1988. Next on the scene was the mass-market Z3 in 1995. The Z8 arrived in production form in 2001. The three cars couldn't be more different in their design, engineering, and intention. However, like the Z3, the Z8 was chosen to star in the newest James Bond film, The World is Not Enough, where it met an untimely end!

Inspiration for the Z8 came in 1993 when BMW's Wolfgang Reitzle and Bernd Pischetrsrieder attended a party at the factory where a vintage BMW 507 was displayed. The duo liked what they saw and decided that, one day, they would try to repeat the trick. Conceived under code Z07, a team from BMW Technik GmbH developed a concept car that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1997. The production car remained amazingly similar to the initial concept in 1999, a few months before deliveries were to actually begin.

The Z8 was to serve not only as a halo car for the entire BMW lineup but was also used as a test bed for new engineering techniques. The real technical achievement was hidden away from view—an advanced form of welded and extruded aluminum space-frame chassis construction. Despite the high cost, it proved feasible. Ultimately, the same construction methods were used to underpin the BMW-engineered Rolls-Royce Phantom when it appeared four years later. The beautiful and timeless styling was the work of Henrik Fisker, who was then heading up BMW's Designworks studio in California.

The understructure was built up at BMW's Dingolfing plant, with final assembly in dedicated workshops at the Munich plant. All Z8s were fitted with BMW's silky smooth and powerful 400-horsepower 4.9-liter V-8, as used in 5- and 7-series models while backed up by a Getrag six-speed gearbox from the M5. The limited production model went on sale in 2000, and just 2,543 of the 5,703 built came to the United States at a base price of $128,000 fully equipped.

This lovely Z8 is finished in Titanium Silver Metallic with a black leather interior. It has been driven less than 15,500 miles from new. It is equipped with Xenon headlamps, alloy wheels, navigation, a premium sound system with six-disc CD changer, full power accessories, and the original factory hard top. It comes complete with all keys, books, and tools, as well as a first-aid kit. Z8s were built in limited numbers when new, and few come up for sale, especially with such low miles.

With limited mileage, this Z8 offers advanced engineering clothed in a modern yet timeless design.

Reference Number 363538

as of 7/30/2015

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Car 2001 BMW Z8
VIN WBAEJ13481AH60437 
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