1990 BMW Z1
‘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.
The Z1 is the direct result of a think tank BMW formed in 1985. The Z1’s early development is attributed to Dr. Ulrich Bez, before leaving for Porsche in October 1988.
BMW took 60 of their best engineers, technicians, and designers, and completely separated them from other development departments.
Their goal was to bring their wildest creations to life.
The team had free rein to pursue any idea they could imagine. They created a car that was so aerodynamic it didn’t require wings or spoilers.
A car that could handle winding roads exceptionally well with its low center of gravity.
It was a completely new driving experience. It even had removable plastic paneling that owners could swap out, and change the color of their car.
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 best known for its use by Rover in the 2000 model of 1963.
The car developed by BMW Technik GmbH featured the unique door arrangement where the doors, instead of opening outward, dropped down into the car’s sills.
Demand was strong, with 5,000 orders were placed before production even began, despite a high price and today this landmark model continues to be highly sought after by BMW collectors.
Because of the car’s unconventional characteristics, most of the Z1 was built by hand.
The Z1 had all the makings of a collectible car. Limited production, one-off features, not sold in the US and a real joy to drive.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This beautiful BMW Z1 has covered a mere 86.000 kilometers since new and is presented in completely original specification.
The car finished in Traum Schwarz Metallic (Black) with black leather/camouflage interior.
The Z1 was available in six exterior colours and four interior colours whereby red was the most ordered colour.
This beautiful BMW Z1 Roadster has had 3 owners since new.
The first owner lived in Roosendaal, the Netherlands and had the Z1 for 20 years, from 1990 to 2010 and has driven a total of 84,501 km by car.
The second owner lived in Aarle-Rixtel, the Netherlands and owned this Z1 for 8 years, from 2010 to 2018.
The former owner purchased the BMW Z1 in 2019 but decided to decrease the number of cars in his collection and to focus on very rare and expensive cars.
All the owners maintained the Z1 every few thousand miles with either their local BMW agent or respected specialists.
The car is complete with invoices and a lot of documents including documentations from the BMW Z1 club.
A very unique extra is the proof of payment which is in the file. A handwritten receipt of a payment of fourteen thousand eight hundred and fifty thousand guilders.
The BMW Z1 starts to become an important collectors car with a serious age. Due to the fact that the Z1 is a superb driving and very usable car it is difficult to find nice quality examples.
This BMW Z1 has been very well maintained and has been owned only by collectors as we can see on the condition of the car.
The exterior is in a beautiful condition. The body shows some very minor signs of use. The paint is original and the car has overall a very nice appearance.
If one would decide to change the color, BMW offered a set of outer panels which could be according to BMW changed with a screwdriver in 1 hour.
The special shallow doors are perfectly working and it’s even legally allowed to drive around with the doors down. You can imagine that this gives a very nice free feeling.
Condition wise it is clearly visible that this Z1 has been since new a collectors car.
The interior is in the rare and original “camouflage” motif leather. The interior is like the exterior in a very nice condition with no excessive wearing on the seats, trim or carpeting.
The wearing signs are small and very acceptable for a car from this age.
Its good overall condition, confirms that it has always been the property of caring collectors.
The Z1 is comfortable, smooth, and accommodating.
The driving experience is dominated by the special doors. The doorless experience is so unique that it almost overshadows the rest of the driving experience of the Z1.
It makes the BMW Z1 feel fun at any speed. You just need any road, decent enough weather and the doors in their downward position.
These cars are very exciting to drive and enjoy. The great engine bus also the fabulous handling make the Z1 not only a wonderful looking but also a fantastic driving car.
This Z1 is a highly collectible BMW, and we think will be a treasured asset for years to come.