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30 July 2016

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Lot 126

2002 BMW Z8

  • Chassis no. WBAEJ13402AH61275

Sold for $138,600


400 hp, 4,941 cc DOHC 32-valve V-8 engine, six-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, MacPherson struts, anti-roll bar, and telescopic dampers; independent rear suspension with coil springs, multi-link location, anti-roll bar, and telescopic dampers; and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 98.5 in.

  • One of only 926 built in 2002
  • 23,400 original miles; includes factory hardtop and original accessories
  • Welcome at BMWCCA events everywhere
  • The iconic modern successor to the 507


No doubt the star of the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show was BMW’s Z07 concept, the precursor to the Z8. A nostalgic tribute to the legendary 507 Roadster, the Z07 came at a time when retro design was coming back into fashion in the automobile industry. Not only were the Japanese crowds stunned, but so was the world when BMW pulled back the cover on its stunning two-seater sports car. Designers Chris Bangle and Henrik Fisker had penned a worthy tribute to its ancestor. The car made a second appearance in Detroit in January 1998 prior to making its production debut as the Z8 at the 1999 Frankfurt Auto Show. To the joy of the media and, more importantly, the buying public, the production Z8 was remarkably similar to its concept.

Despite the nostalgia, underneath is a very sophisticated, modern BMW. This includes an aluminum space frame construction with aluminum body panels; Xenon headlamps; four-wheel independent suspension, including a sophisticated five-link set-up at the rear; power-assisted four wheel disc brakes with ABS (shared with BMW’s V-12 750i); power-assisted rack and pinion steering, ASC+T traction control; front and side air bags; and a stout four-cam V-8 with double VANOS variable valve timing mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Nearly every comfort and convenience option was included, ranging from an electrically adjustable steering column; satellite navigation; air conditioning; six-way electrically adjustable sport seats; and a 10-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system with six-disc CD changer. Cleverly, the rear bumper concealed antennas for the radio and telephone.

Every Z8 was built on a special production line within its Munich facility, largely by hand. It took nearly 10 times longer to build than a standard 3-Series. Adding to the car’s cachet, actor Pierce Brosnan drove a Z8 as James Bond in the blockbuster The World is Not Enough. BMW built 5,702 examples between 1999 and 2003 worldwide, including just 926 in 2002.

This Z8 was first delivered to Chapman BMW in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has known ownership history from new. Having just 23,385 miles at the time of consignment, it includes the accessory hardtop and stand, wind deflector, factory tool roll, owner’s manual with pouch, first aid kit, spare keys and fobs, BMW Motorola cell phone, and the original window sticker, as well as a special Z8 car cover with storage bag. Finished in Tungsten Silver over black Nappa leather, it is the epitome of BMW performance with its M-derived 400 horsepower V-8 engine and six-speed manual transmission. Uniquely, it is fitted with chromed BMW alloy wheels. It has been part of the consignor’s collection since April 2012, during which time it has been stored in a climate-controlled garage. The consigner describes it to be “as clean as you can get.”

This is truly one of the most exciting BMWs of modern times and among the most collectible today.

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

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
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

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
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

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
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

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
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

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
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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+1 954 566 2209
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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+1 519 352 4575
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

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
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

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
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

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+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

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
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

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+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

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+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

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
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

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+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

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+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

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+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