2001 BMW Z8 Roadster

Ryan Merrill © 2014, courtesy of Auctions America

One of the most incredible modern sports cars to ever be built, the Z8 was destined to become a future classic after its debut in the James Bond film “The World is Not Enough.” The concept project was given to Henrik Fisker, who in 1997 was the head of BMW’s U.S. design studio in Newbury Park, California, under the direction of Chris Bangle.

Interestingly, this car takes its design cues from the iconic 1950s BMW 507, which was styled by Albrecht Graf von Goertz, the man behind the Datsun 240Z and Toyota 2000GT. After this, Fisker moved over to Ford in the Aston Martin division and then founded his own sports car company, which today produces the Tramonto and Latigo CS, as well as the just-unveiled Karma.

The production Z8 was based on the Z07 concept, which made a smashing debut on the European auto show circuit and was put into production in 1999. The Z8 featured a hand-built aluminum body and chassis with a 4.9-liter V8 that produced 400 hp and was mated to a smooth 6-speed manual transmission.

This particular example features a rare two-tone red and silver interior with matching factory hard top and comes with a premium bumper-to-bumper extended warranty until April 2012 or 75,000 miles. It features all power amenities, including navigation and CD changer. Mostly hand-built, the Z8 includes the latest advancements, such as electronic-controlled valve timing, “drive-by-wire,” and Dynamic Stability Control. Only 1,500 were produced from 2000 to 2003. With single ownership from new, this limited-production Z8 roadster combines retro styling, perfect balance, and incredible German-engineered performance.

Stephen Serio

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Stephen is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. HIs vintage-Porsche-driving wife, Amanda, tolerates this all nicely.

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