- Body Type: Convertible
- Full Service History
- 129,298 Km
- Year Built: 1989
- Engine Size: 2.5L
- Trans: Manual
- Ext color: Traum Schwarz Metallic (278)
- Int color: Grey / Dark Grey Leather
‘The car (Z1) was not especially cheap to buy, but was built to BMW’s traditionally high standards. Some regarded the car as faultless, and it was certainly among the best-handling sports cars, but the important point for BMW was its standing. BMW had returned to making true sports cars after many years’ absence.’ – Lawrence Meredith, BMW: 1975 – 2001.
A ‘concept car’ first shown by BMW in 1986 and officially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1987, the Z1 sports roadster was used to showcase emerging automotive technologies, including the ‘internal skeleton’ method of construction that made for a very stiff chassis and excellent roadholding.
Moulded plastic panels clothed the galvanised steel chassis, which was braced by a moulded composite under-tray. The body panels were easily removed, and it was even suggested that suggested that owners might want to buy a second set in an alternative colour. Unusually, the electrically operated doors dropped into the body sides to provide access; to date, the BMW Z1 remains the only convertible car to employ this technology. The Z1 could be driven with soft-top closed or open; windows closed or open; or doors open or closed. We are advised that, with everything open, the fun Z1 feels just like a four-wheeled motorcycle!
The running gear was more conventional – MacPherson strut independent front suspension being complemented by a wishbone set-up at the rear – while motive power was supplied by a 2.5-litre, 170bhp version of BMW’s overhead-cam straight six driving the rear wheels via five-speed manual gearbox. Top speed was around 225km/h (140mph) with 100km/h (62mph) coming up in around 8 seconds. Production began slowly in 1988 at the rate of six cars per day, ending in 1991 after the planned 8,000 units had been built. Demand was strong from the start despite a high price, and today this landmark model continues to be highly sought after by BMW collectors.
Finished in Traum Schwarz Metallic (278) with a Grey / Dark Grey leather interior, this beautiful Z1 is believed to have been delivered new to Germany. The odometer reading is just over 129,298 kilometres.
Offered with German registration documents and its original service book, this is a reliable modern-classic BMW in a most attractive colour combination.