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, 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 “BMW Toprot” with grey Nubuck interior, and rolling off the production line in May 1990, this a truly wonderful example one of only 100 such Z1s destined for Spain, being delivered to the town of Lleida in Catalonia late in 1990. In the custodianship of just one private owner from new, the Z1 has covered a mere 7,000 kilometres, supported by regular oil change and technical control cards.
Such is the level of originality that the BMW is still fitted with its first set of Pirelli P700 tyres, and even brake pads, which have never needed to be replaced. Looking inside the boot/trunk area you will find an unused spare wheel, and all relevant tools.
This incredible BMW Z1 is highly collectible given the rate of growth in values over recent years; a wonderful piece of history and a very sound long-term investment.