2002 & 2003 BMW Z8

{vsig}2010-9_2526{/vsig}The Z8 was a break from tradition that BMW had not attempted in many years, perhaps even since the M1. It was more than a heavily modified production car; it was an entirely new roadster, based on the Henrik Fisker-designed Z07 concept and paying homage to the Count Albrecht Goertz-designed 507 of the 1950s with side vents and such retro touches as a banjo-type steering wheel. Just like the 507, the Z8 was an exclusive and limited-production sports car, of which only 5,703 examples were built, each sporting the highly acclaimed 4.9-liter, 400-bhp V8 from the previously introduced M5 sports sedan, mated to a proper six-speed manual gearbox. It was even the choice of the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond, in The World Is Not Enough.

The collector car potential for these Z8s has been guaranteed from day one. In fact, BMW assured its new owners that a stockpile of parts would be available for 50 years to repair and maintain the Z8s. These two virtually brand-new, low mileage cars are among the best examples of these modern-day classics.

The 2002 Z8 was purchased new by the seller in 2002, finished in Titanium Silver Metallic with a black Nappa leather interior. Since that time, it has only been driven 112 miles and was always well maintained. Its specifications are extraordinary, to say the least—an aluminum space frame, electronic throttle valve control and eight individual throttles as well as M Driving Dynamics Control. The interior cradles the driver in electrically adjustable seats and a retro, banjo-type steering wheel. The car has a navigation system and multi-information display as well as a Harman/Kardon sound system with 10 speakers and a six-disc CD changer. Like all Z8s, the automatic soft top also comes with a color-matched Titanium Silver hardtop.

The 2003 model is one of only 667 examples finished in Jet Black with a black Nappa leather interior. It was delivered new with an anthracite headliner and Cpt8000 Timeport phone kit and currently only shows 54 miles. It has barely ever been driven and is in superb, brand-new condition. As such, the paint, interior and engine bay are all showroom-new in appearance. Like all Z8s, it comes with a matching hardtop as well as all manuals and a special book for Z8 owners. All passenger amenities expected of a high-end sports car are standard, including a 10-speaker sound system, navigation system, air conditioning, power seats and more. This virtually brand new Z8 is very desirable, not only for its condition and stunning black/black color combination, but most importantly its low mileage.

John L. Stein

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John is the product of the 1960s SoCal car and bike culture and has been screwing around with Ducati motorcycles since he was 16. An interest in cars, bikes and boats saw him simultaneously owning a twin-cam Lotus Europa and Kaiser Special, NSU Super Max and Ducati 750 GT motorbikes, and a mahogany Chris-Craft runabout. After leaving his job as Road Test Editor at Cycle magazine, he had a short-lived career in marine biology before becoming Associate Editor at Automobile and then Editor of Corvette Quarterly, GM’s official journal for Corvette. He’s American Car Collector magazine’s Corvette Market columnist and a regular contributor to Sports Car Market.

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