Arizona

28-29 January 2016

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Lot 164

2002 BMW Z8 Roadster

  • Chassis no. WBAEJ13482AH61329

Sold for $264,000


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-ling location, anti-roll bar, and telescopic dampers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 98.5 in.

  • Brand new, with only 550 actual miles
  • Original window sticker, books, and removable hardtop
  • The iconic modern successor to the 507


BMW introduced its quirky Z1 Roadster with roll-up doors in 1988. Next on the scene was the mass-market Z3 in 1995. The Z8 arrived in production form in 2001. The three cars could not be more different in their design, engineering, and intention. However, like the Z3, the Z8 was chosen to star in the newest James Bond film, The World is Not Enough, where it unfortunately met an untimely end!

Inspiration for the Z8 came in 1993 when BMW’s Wolfgang Reitzle and Bernd Pischetsrieder attended a party at the factory where a vintage BMW 507 was displayed. The duo liked what they saw and decided that, one day, they would try to repeat the trick. Conceived under code Z07, a team from BMW Technik GmbH developed a concept car that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1997. The production car remained amazingly similar to the initial concept in 1999, a few months before deliveries were to actually begin.

The Z8 was to serve not only as a “halo” car for the entire BMW lineup but was also used as a test bed for new engineering techniques. The real technical achievement was hidden away from view—an advanced form of welded and extruded aluminum space-frame chassis construction. Despite the high cost, it proved feasible. Ultimately, the same construction methods were used to underpin the BMW-engineered Rolls-Royce Phantom when it appeared four years later. The beautiful and timeless styling was the work of Henrik Fisker, who was then heading up BMW’s Designworks studio in California.

The understructure was built up at BMW’s Dingolfing plant, with final assembly in dedicated workshops at the Munich plant. All Z8s were fitted with BMW’s silky smooth and powerful 400-horsepower 4.9-liter V-8, as used in 5- and 7-series models, while backed up by a Getrag six-speed transmission from the M5. The limited-production model went on sale in 2000, and just less than half (2,543 of the 5,703 built) came to the United States at a base price of $128,000 fully equipped.

The beautiful Titanium Silver-over-black example offered here is in virtually brand-new condition, with only 550 actual miles! It is complete with not only the desirable removable hardtop but also the original window sticker, books, spare keys, tools, and dealer coffee table book, presenting it exactly as the BMW dealer would have in 2002. Surely, few of these cars are in as spectacular of condition or as remarkably well preserved.

For the buyer who missed out on this modern successor to the 507 when it was new, this is the next best thing!

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

Alain Squindo


Detroit, Michigan

Alain Squindo joined RM Auctions in 2007, after graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in History. R... read more

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

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Annette Abaci

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Germany

With post-secondary degrees in Economic Science and Mechanical Engineering, Annette Abaci initially worked part-time at Mercedes-Benz ... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a senior car specialist, after more than a decade in the collector car hobby... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

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Dan Warrener

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Ontario, Canada

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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. He is a lifelong automobile enthusiast and g... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don Rose joined RM Auctions in 2006, after many years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputatio... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

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Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord joined RM Sotheby's in 1998, initially responsible for the transportation and logistics of the company’s auction and re... read more

Ian Kelleher

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New York, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College, with a B.A. in Politica... read more

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Ontario, Canada

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Jake Auerbach

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Ontario, Canada

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

Jonathan Sierakowski

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Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Sierakowski developed a passion for classic cars while working at a restoration shop as a teenag... read more

Kurt Forry

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Indiana, United States

Kurt Forry joins Auctions America with more than a decade of experience on the North American auction scene and a well-rounded knowled... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby's, Mike Fairbairn has a longstanding interest in the classic car industry. Gra... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

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

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007, following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, read more

Rob Myers

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Ontario, Canada

As chairman and founder of the RM Group of Companies, Rob Myers’s entire career has been devoted to the classic car industry. Ro... read more

Shelby Myers

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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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Netherlands

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a car specialist. A... read more