The BMW Z07 concept car, first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1997, blossomed from a dream into a production reality. Production of the BMW Z8 was announced at the Detroit Motor Show in January 1999. The Z8 was chosen to feature as James Bond’s car of choice which goes some way to denote both its presence and allure.
Designed for connoisseurs, the BMW Z8 was both very exclusive and a technological “tour de force”. Its blend of aesthetic design and dynamic performance is born of BMW’s desire to show how the 1956 BMW 507 might have developed had it been an integral part of the BMW range in the intervening period.
The evocative and exotic style of the Z8 echoes the concept design very closely. The broad kidney grille and small xenon headlights faired in by glass covers flow into a long bonnet with muscular wheel arches and wide doors rounded off by a shapely yet purposeful tail with four large tailpipes. The Z8 even bears the typical 507 air scoops on its front wings whilst a luxurious leather interior is set off by a central instrument binnacle typical of that elegant era of convertible cars.
This particular example comes with just 56,000 km on the odometer with a large folder of invoices and service history to satisfy even the most particular of enthusiasts. Unusually, this car was rebuilt to European specifications including odometer (in km/h) and rear lights. The car has benefitted from a new roof and presents very well inside and out. The car has been cherished by its two previous owners, and comes with a model Z8 and a US CARFAX valuation report which estimates its value to be €203,000. This rare Z8 is ready to be enjoyed immediately by any serious collector.