2002 BMW Z8 Roadster

When BMW revealed the Z07 Concept at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, fans of the Bavarian marque were enamored by this gorgeous retro roadster, though few imagined it would actually see production. But it did become a reality, as the Z07 evolved into the Z8, staying remarkably faithful to the concept, with the 1956 507 roadster-like twin-nostril front grille and distinctive front-wing vents. A period-style interior had been one of the Z07's most remarked upon features, and that too made it into the Z8, including the sleek minimalist styling and fabulous banjo-style steering wheel. The sleek and taught bodywork was all crafted in aluminum, as was the space-frame chassis, which was designed specifically for the Z8 and not shared with any other BMW model. The 4,941cc V8 engine was aluminum as well, and the 400-horsepower unit (from the E39 M5) motivates this lithe roadster to 60mph in a scant 4.2 seconds. Of course, the Z8 featured all the luxury appointments befitting a flagship model: traction control, stability control, front and side air bags, GPS navigation, climate control, and power operation of the seats, steering wheel and convertible top.

Along with being a stunning, hand built limited-production roadster, BMW further enhanced the Z8's appeal to collectors by announcing that a 50-year stockpile of Z8 parts would be maintained, ensuring a lengthy lifespan. Despite a hefty launch price, initial demand was so high that bidding wars broke out, with many Z8s selling for well in excess of MSRP. By the time production ceased in 2003, 5,703 of these fabulous roadsters had been built, and they remain highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.

This stunning, highly documented one-owner BMW Z8 Roadster was completed at BMW's impressive Munich-based manufacturing facility during June of 2002, and is one of only 542 produced for the 2002 model year. The Z8 entered the US though Port Hueneme, California, and the original owner is recorded to have taken delivery in August of 2002 via Sterling BMW of Newport Beach, CA. The car was brought back immediately to Missouri and subsequently to Illinois, where it has been kept since then by its first and only owner. Being that the only options available were exterior and interior color choices, this Roadster is equipped with one of the most attractive combinations of Titanium Silver over Black Nappa Leather, the same color combination used in the majority of BMW's Z8 press releases. Holding true to their motorsport roots, BMW only gave this car the ultimate driving experience, consisting of 3-pedals connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox, sending power from the potent M-Power S62 V8 engine to the rear wheels.

The aluminum bodywork retains its factory applied paintwork, and no accidents or mishaps are noted on the Carfax. The body panels are arrow straight and the paintwork is clean, reflecting a life of careful ownership. The Nappa Black interior really compliments the Titanium Silver exterior color beautifully, for a clean, Teutonic aesthetic. The clean Carfax report on file has recorded consistent mileage readings. Just 30,500 original miles are recorded on the odometer at the time of cataloging, and the overall condition is impressive due to the life of the car being spent in well-maintained surroundings by its original attentive owner. Minor imperfections include clouding of the headlight lenses, and a small repair to the canvas soft top. The interior presents extremely well, with some light creasing on the driver’s seat but otherwise superb materials and finishes.

Accompanying the car is an impressive collection of paperwork that includes the factory window sticker, service receipts, manuals and a beautiful original vin-matched hardbound commemorative book in the original leather-wrapped display box sent to the original owner by the BMW factory with a letter congratulating him on his purchase.  Additionally, a removable factory hard top, factory issued tools, original battery tender, original BMW-branded Motorola Cpt8000 Timeport phone (which still powers up!), Z8 Owner’s Welcome Packet, factory fitted car cover, first aid kit, wind deflector and Navi DVDs are also included with the car.

This exceptional Z8 presents a great opportunity to acquire a low mileage, one owner, meticulously maintained example of BMW's retro-modern Roadster. As one of the most exhilarating and bespoke sports cars to ever come out BMW in the modern era, these powerful, stick-shift, aluminum-bodied “analog sports cars” are now classic and highly collectible, and are likely to continue their appreciation among car collectors around the world.

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