2002 BMW Z8 Roadster
Silver with Black Interior
What began as the Z07 styling exercise by Henrik Fisker (who now has his own marque, Fisker) in 1997 became the Z8 when the car met with such favorable response as to warrant a limited production version of the car for public consumption. Heavily inspired by the legendary 507, the car was packaged like a sports car from the 1950’s with a long hood, small doors, curvaceous fenders, low slung stance, and evocative chrome detailing. The engine is actuated by a button rather than the key, and the cars were fitted with removable hard tops as well. This theme continued inside, with color-matched dashboard, centrally placed instrument cluster, and banjo steering wheel spokes. Mechanically, the car was extremely sophisticated, and every bit a product of the 21st century. The frame is all aluminum, and many aluminum components were used in the suspension as well. The engine is a 4.9 liter quad-cam V8 with 400hp (from the M5, but with 500 fewer pounds to pull), joined to a 6-speed manual transmission, and the car has all of the modern conveniences and safety features supplied in new cars, from heated seats to side airbags, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. The resulting car was a legitimately high performance machine, yielding .92g of lateral acceleration, and posting a 4.2 second 0-60 time. Car and Driver’s tests bested their acceleration, grip, and braking figures achieved by the contemporary Ferrari 360 even! Priced at $130,000, 2,382 examples were sold in the United States, and the values have remained high, particularly compared against similarly expensive contemporary offerings from Maserati, Porsche, and Mercedes, all of which can be had for figures in the $30,000 to $40,000 range today. Thus, there are few other cars that can be aptly described as modern classics, but certainly the Z8 has all of the requisite ingredients.
This particular car is a collector quality car that was sold new in California and has had two owners from new. It has always been in California and has been serviced at its regular intervals as required. It is very complete with factory hard top, hard top tool, window cover, tonneau cover, wind deflector, extra keys, first aid kit, and tool roll with tools.
The car is in exceptional like-new condition. The paintwork is extremely nice throughout, with only a handful of small chips from regular use. The glass and trim are excellent, as are the wheels, which are free from curb rash. The tires are in good shape and are Bridgestone RE040 items. The car employs unique neon lighting, which is striking when in use, and the side vents, directly copied from the 507, neatly incorporate the repeaters for the side indicators. The hardtop gives the car and aggressive stance and appearance, and is well-integrated into the lines of the car. It incorporates a heated rear windscreen and a full headliner with leather header rail. The soft top is fully lined and electrically operated, though the rear window is starting to cloud.
The interior of the car makes it clear that BMW went to great lengths to include details to make the car feel special. There is very little plastic, with most surfaces covered with leather or metal. There is leather everywhere, from the center console to the entire dashboard, and even the A-pillars, door tops, kick panels, and sun visors are covered with stitched leather. The door handles and pulls are made of metal, and even the steering column stalks are unique to the Z8, featuring metal switches. All of the switchgear, hardware, and instrumentation is unique to the Z8, including the ventilation controls and window switches. There are splashes of body color accents on the doors, seatbacks, and dashboard. There are numerous neatly integrated storage compartments throughout, including behind the seats. Naturally, these compartments are lockable. There are also padded leather-upholstered areas on the transmission tunnel that evoke cars from the past. All aspects of the interior or like new, with only the slightest of wear on the seats and a few scuffs on the metal sill plates from ingress and egress.
The trunk is extremely clean and like new. It is usefully shaped for carrying baggage, and includes a number of extras including the unique to the Z8 tool roll, which even has the Z8 emblem embossed on it. The engine compartment is like new, being very clean and completely stock.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an investment caliber Z8 that is very complete, has no stories, and needs nothing. The car has low mileage and is in excellent condition throughout. These cars blend classic and timeless styling with modern performance and technology, making them a rare blend in today’s motoring world. Certainly the enthusiast and collector markets agree, and the persistently strong values of these cars are a testament to their enduring desirability.
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