Convertible Week: 2002 BMW Z8

Debuting at the end of the 1990s, the BMW Z8 arrived during a time when carmakers were exploring the retro styling theme, such as Volkswagen with their New Beetle and Ford with their revived Thunderbird. The Z8 was meant to harken back to the 1950s during the heyday of the 507, a limited production V8 roadster that made an impact with its dramatic styling. Fast forward to 1999 and the Z8 arrived with a V8, this time shared with the E39 M5. The engine was placed aft of the front axle for optimum weight distribution. One innovation the car employed was neon lighting for its tail lamps and turn signals. This was perhaps an answer to what modern day LED lighting can offer. Most Z8s you come across are silver, but this Topaz Blue over red leather example is a real eye-catching combination.

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Year: 2002
Model: Z8
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 5,050 mi
Price: POA

2002 BMW Z8 roadster, Topaz Blue with red, black convertible top, S/N WBAEJ13492AH61534, just 5,050 miles from new, 5.0 litre 400hp normally aspirated V8 engine, 6 speed manual transmission, heated seats, factory removable hard top and hard top stand, delivered new December 31, 2001 by Wyoming Valley Motors BMW, Larksville, Pennsylvania, original owner’s manuals and spare keys, original window sticker, original coffee table production book, just out of seconds owner’s collection, believed to be one of just eight Z8s worldwide colored in Topaz Blue with red. international shipping arranged from our suburban Boston showroom.

Copley Motorcars 37 Chestnut Street Needham, Massachusetts 02492 USA
Tel. 781.444.4646 e-mail
copleycars@gmail.com

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I was never that turned on by the BMW Z8. It’s one of those cars that I need to spend time studying a bit to appreciate it. A little more than 2,500 made the trek stateside in its short production run, so you’ll be in rare company tooling around in one. In the last five years, prices have started to climb on these roadsters to the point where a good one will run you around $150,000 on average. The price on this one isn’t listed, but its sure to be at the top of the range, which Hagerty is listing at close to $200,000. The color might be polarizing, but if you want to stand out from the crowd in what is already a rare car, this Z8 is for you.

-Paul

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2 Comments

  1. There is another perfect example of very capable car in the hands (or will end up in the hands of people) who have money and only worry about value going up or down. Then they reach old age and realize they stared at good cars their whole life instead of driving and enjoying them.

  2. @Z…. Amen I had the pleasure of driving one of these when my E39 M5 was in the shop, met a fellow there who was admiring my car and I was drooling over his….you felt like you were driving a roadster from the 50’s like a 507….these cars need to be driven especially when they are fitted with motors like the S62..it does not do well with sitting and turning it over now and again

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