5.0-Liter M-Power 32-Valve V8 Engine
Bosch Motronic Fuel Injection
400bhp at 6,600rpm
6-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Just over 16,700 original miles and one previous owner since new
*Highly original and well-preserved example in iconic livery
*Offered with a host of factory accessories
*A timeless and powerful BMW collector car
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
This stunning BMW Z8 Roadster was completed at BMW's impressive Munich-based manufacturing facility as a US market car during September of 2001, completed as a 2022 model-year car. The new BMW Roadster would enter the US through Port Hueneme, California, and the first owner is recorded to have taken delivery in January of 2002, residing in Pacific Palisades, California.
The Silver Z8 Roadster would remain with the original owner in the Pacific Palisades/Santa Monica, California area, until offered for sale and sold to the current owner in 2021- a Danish enthusiast and car guy through and through - and the highly original BMW Z8 Roadster has since formed part of his impressive collection of sports and special interest cars based in Reno, Nevada.
This Z8 Roadster is equipped with one of the most visually appealing combinations of Titanium Silver over Black Nappa Leather, the same color combination used in the majority of BMW's Z8 press releases. Holding true to their motorsport roots, BMW only gave this car the ideal driving experience, consisting of 3-pedals connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox, powered by the potent M-Power V8 engine. The aluminum bodywork retains its factory applied paintwork, and no accidents or mishaps are reported or apparent. The body panels are straight, and the paintwork is beautiful, emblematic of a cosseted life of carful single-owner ownership for nearly two decades. The interior shows extremely well, and really compliment the Titanium Silver exterior color perfectly. The Carfax report on file has recorded consistent mileage readings, and just over 16,700 original miles are recorded on the odometer at the time of cataloging. Serviced in September of 2021 with new Bridgestone run-flat tires, the Z8 retains factory accessories such as books manuals.
This particular Z8 is a great opportunity to acquire low mileage, meticulously maintained example of BMW's retro-modern Roadster. As one of the most exhilarating and bespoke sports cars to ever come out of the BMW factory, these powerful, stick-shift, aluminum-bodied now classic and highly collectible BMWs are prone to continue their appreciation among car collectors around the world.