The first BMW Z1 (Z standing for Zunkuft, German for future) was shown at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor show. Initial demand was so strong that 5,000 orders were placed before production even began. The car developed by BMW Technik GmbH featured a unique door arrangement where the doors, instead of opening outward, dropped down into the car’s sills.
The chassis was specially designed for the Z1 and features a number of innovative features: removable body panels; continuously zinc welded seams; a composite undertray; as well as the unusual dropped doors. Parts of the car (including the engine, gearbox, and front suspension) were borrowed from the BMW E30 325i, but the Z1 remains largely original. The 6 cylinder 2.5-litre engine was borrowed from the already highly successful BMW E30 325i and this, coupled to the fact that the body of the car was constructed from light weight composite materials, gave the car adequate performance. Some 8,000 examples were produced between 1988 and 1991 when production ceased.
Finished in Nature green with grey Nubuck interior, rather amazingly this long-term ownership Z1 still retains its original Bill of Sale from BMW. Purchased by its current owner in 1993 as an approved BMW from vines of Horsham, the car is complete with its original books and service history.
Having undergone its last cambelt change and service out in September 2016, this fantastic BMW Z1 is regarded as a highly collectible, investment grade motorcar especially seeing as how prices for these iconic little sports cars have more than doubled over the last 5-6 years.
Being sold straight out of a 23-year long ownership and having travelled a mere 14,700 miles from new, this is truly a rare example that is not to be missed.