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 lightweight composite materials, gave the car adequate performance. Some 8,000 examples were produced between 1988 and 1991 when production ceased.
This original German delivered BMW Z1 with only two owners from new, was imported and supplied by BMW Vriesendijk Netherlands in 2003. The car is in good condition throughout, finished in the much-sought after colour red, is completely original with a verifiable recorded mileage of only 65,817km.
The exterior and interior are described by the seller to be in very nice condition as are the mechanics. Because of the low weight, the powerful 6-cylinder engine and aerodynamics, the handling of the Z1 is phenomenal, a real driver’s car!
Due to a relatively low production number, and signifying the beginning of one of the most successful model ranges, the Z1 has shown over the years to be a very good investment prospect.
Documentation such as MOT-reports, appraisal report, invoices, old German registration papers and original booklets including a stamped service book are present.