Arizona

18-19 January 2018

2001 BMW Z8

  • Chassis no. WBAEJ13471AH60297

  • Classic BMW styling blended with state-of-art performance
  • A superb example of BMW’s limited-production sports car
  • Rare Topaz Blue over Crema and Black color combination, one of only 37
  • Complete with matching hardtop, original books, tools, and Motorola phone


Evocative of the stylish BMW 507 of the 1950s, the Henrik Fisker-designed Z07 roadster caught the eyes—and imaginations—of sports car enthusiasts at the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show and prompted BMW to ready it for the 2000 model year.

Renamed the Z8, those fortunate enough to afford and obtain one—only 400 were imported the first year, all topping $130,000 each—were treated to the high-performance capabilities of its 390-plus hp engine and responsive six-speed manual transmission in an aluminum body. While the car promised performance, there was also the assurance of boulevard comfort and elegance in an interior that Car & Driver called “sumptuously inviting,” with leather seating, logically positioned instrumentation, and a high-end sound system.

Of 5,703 Z8s built through 2003, just 2,543 were directed stateside. The 2001 model offered here is an immaculate example that was imported in November 2000 and sold by BMW of Palm Springs to its first owner. It features a rare Topaz Blue exterior with a Crema and Black interior; just 37 Z8s shared this color combination. The convertible top is tan, and the included hardtop is finished in matching Topaz Blue.

The current owner took possession of the roadster in July 2015. In its 17 years, the car has accumulated a mere 5,500 miles. The consignor reports that the car was never driven in inclement weather and has required only routine maintenance by certified BMW technicians. Two hardtop stands and cover, a factory tool kit, battery tender, first aid kit, owner’s manual, and requisite Motorola mobile phone accompany the car.

This Z8 is a pristine example of BMW’s flagship sports car and is ready to be shown, driven, and appreciated.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more