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Lot 053: BMW Z3 2.8 Roadster

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Launched in 1996 and staying in production until 2002, the Z3 was BMW's first modern mass-market roadster and was designed very much with the American market in mind. Beautifully styled by Joji Nagashima in BMW's Californian design studio, it had more than a whiff of the WW2 fighter plane about it, with an aggressively flared bonnet sporting chromed side vents that wouldn't have looked out of place on a Messerschmitt ME109. Initially powered by a 138bhp 1.9-litre 4-cylinder engine, this was quickly deemed somewhat underwhelming and from 1997 BMW's all-alloy 24-valve 2.8-litre straight-six was available as an option with a hefty 193bhp on tap. This gave the car sparkling performance, launching it to 60mph in just 6.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140mph. To help manage all this power, automatic traction and stability control came as standard First registered in February 1998, this Z3 Roadster has the wonderfully smooth and potent 2.8-litre engine, mated to a manual gearbox. Looking lovely in light metallic blue with a tan leather interior, it has covered just 54,000 miles from new with four service stamps to date. Equipment includes a power hood, electrically adjustable seats, mirrors and windows, onboard computer and CD player. Clearly a loved and pampered car, it retains all its original handbooks, two sets of keys, is taxed until November and MOTd until March 2012. It also sports an appropriate Z3 number plate. These pretty little roadsters are beautifully made and great fun to drive, especially with that lovely straight-six under the bonnet.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number053
Estimate£5500-£6500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1998
Condition rating
Registration numberWLZ 3410
Mileage-
Chassis numberWBACJ320XOLB87738
Engine number29218811
Engine capacity (cc)2793
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2