Make / Model: BMW Z8 Roadster

Variant: E52

Colour: Silver

Year: 2002

Mileage: 29,900

Engine Size: 4.9

Transmission: Manual



The BMW Z8 was originally designed as a styling exercise intended to evoke and celebrate the 1956–1959 BMW 507, however by the time it reached production, the Z8 was more than a quick make over of an existing model with a new bodyshell, it was a completely unique BMW that actually shared very little with the rest of their model line up.

Created under the watchful eye of Chief designer at BMW Chris Bangle, unlike other BMW models, it had a unique chassis and aluminium body that was designed by Henrik Fisker and a bespoke interior by Scott Lempert. The engine was based on the E39 M5 V8 unit, mounted behind the front axle for 50/50 weight distribution. It produced 400BHP with 500Nm of torque and was mated to a 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.

It was fitted with many unique features such as neon taillights and turn indicators, offering quicker activation than standard lightbulbs, and these are expected to last for the life of the vehicle. Each car was also supplied with a colour-matching metal hardtop with a rear defroster which was designed from the outset to complement the lines of the car's styling.

BMW had serious aspirations for the Z8 from launch, with it being showcased as James Bond's car in the film `The World Is Not Enough` released in November 1999. Due to the limited production, all elements of the car were constructed or finished by hand, thereby compounding the importance of ongoing manufacturer support for the type, so BMW promised that a 50-year stockpile of spare parts would be maintained to support owners of a Z8 in the future.

Whilst American magazine `Car and Driver` found it outperformed the Ferrari 360 in acceleration, braking and handling, Chris Harris in the UK said he wanted the Z8 to be the big M Roadster, but in a package that actually drove like a sports car, when in fact it was nothing of the sort.

What do we think?

Two decades on since the cars launch and it is difficult not to be impressed by the Z8. It feels special and offers a real sense of occasion when behind the wheel, the design is timeless, and the car is bristling with unique details that did not feature on regular BMWs of the time. As we have come to expect from BMW, it is meticulously engineered, and we cannot help but think they must have lost money on each one produced, as each Z8 was assembled by hand and allegedly took three times longer to build than a regular 5 series.

On the road, it feels incredibly solid, and although handling is not in lightweight sports car territory, it is confidence inspiring and considerably better than a contemporary Aston Martin or Jaguar of the time. Performance is still impressive, with 0-60mph coming up in the mid 4s, but it is the effortless torque in any gear that impresses most, closely followed by that glorious V8 soundtrack.

The original 507, like the Z8, apparently sold slowly when new, but you will need north of 2 million pounds to secure a top draw example today as people appreciate the car for its design and beautiful engineering. Original style never goes out of fashion, and remember you read it here, but we can't help feeling the Z8 is curiously undervalued at the moment and like its predecessor will have its day.

This Example

We are pleased to offer this official UK example from a UK private collector which was supplied in November 2002. It is finished in Titanium Silver with a full Black Nappa leather interior, an elegant and timeless combination as seen in the 'Bond Film' - The World is Not Enough.

It has covered just 29,850 miles with three former keepers, has been regularly serviced from new and is supplied with all invoices supporting the history below, a complete book pack and an aluminium detachable hardtop with its factory optioned anthracite headlining. Still, in spectacular original condition throughout, it is suitable for another collector or immediate enjoyment.

Service and MOT history:

  • 12.08.2020: 29,744 miles – Snows BMW Portsmouth
  • 30.07.2020: 29,688 miles - MOT
  • 13.06.2018: 29,688 miles – MOT
  • 01.01.2018: Last purchased as part of a private collection
  • 28.12.2017: 28,390 miles – Autonovo BMW Milano
  • 14.06.2017: 27,100 miles – MOT
  • June 2017 - Shipped back to the UK
  • 15.11.2016: 27,100 miles – Automocion Rosselo BMW Ibiza
  • 28.04.2016: 24,464 miles – MOT
  • 21.11.2014: 24,421 miles – Sycamore BMW Peterborough (additional maintenance only)
  • 12.11.2014: 24,373 miles – TWG BMW Specialist
  • 26.03.2014: 20,666 MILES - MOT
  • 17.06.2013: 17,646 miles - MOT
  • 02.04.2012: 14,611 miles – MOT
  • 30.03.2011: 13,196 miles – Sycamore BMW Peterborough (Airbag rectification)
  • 30.03.2011: 13,196 miles – MOT
  • 19.07.2010: 11,800 miles – Sycamore BMW Peterborough (additional maintenance only)
  • 30.04.2010: 11,678 miles - MOT
  • 30.04.2010: 11,677 miles – Nine Elms BMW London
  • 23.01.2010: 11,565 miles – Chandlers BMW Brighton
  • 17.04.2009: 11,195 miles - MOT
  • 17.04.2008: 11,005 miles - MOT
  • 04.05.2006: 8,252 miles – Chandlers BMW Brighton
  • 8,242 miles - MOT


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