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.
What we have on offer today is a unique example, the only one known worldwide and has been used in several BMW displays in 2016 to commemorate 100 Years of BMW. The engine is a newly tuned 2.5 litre 6-cylinder engine having covered just 500km.
The car also has a list of unique options that include; a closed aluminium underbody protection, unique and original Z1 Lorenz front Spoiler, 5 speed gearbox, G-Powered RBS exhaust system, handmade aluminium cockpit trim, Moton adjustable shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, 3 points seat belts, cobra Monaco S Bucket seats, Fire extinguisher, BMW M3 suspension, lightweight 18 inch BBS Wheels, Roll cage, Race Strut bar (Brace), and many more special parts…
This is a rare opportunity to buy a desirable yet unusual car that not only symbolizes 100 years of BMW success but would also be a great car for any circuit or rally and an excellent addition to any collection.