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.
This original UK delivered car, one of only 50 such vehicles which boasts a UK mph speedometer, was a UK test car at launch and used by Autocar magazine and Jeremy Clarkson. The car has been with the vendor for the last 4 years, prior to which it was in the ownership of his friend since 1992.
The car was dry stored for 12 years but was fully recommissioned in 2011 and is now described as being in excellent condition in every respect. Supplied with a UK V5 document and valid MoT certificate until June next year, this fantastic BMW Z1 is regarded as a highly collectible, investment grade motorcar; prices have doubled in the last 5-6 years.
Rare, pretty and with the badge of one of the world’s greatest manufacturers on the nose, values will surely continue to rise.
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