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Lot 054: BMW Z3 3.0 Roadster

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

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 3.0-litre straight-six was available as an option with a hefty 231bhp and 221lb/ft of torque. This gave the car sparkling performance, launching it to 60mph in just 6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 150mph with up to 38mpg economy. To help manage all this power, automatic traction and stability control came as standard.

This particular Z3 was supplied new to Japan in May 2001 but was imported to the UK in 2009 when it was SVA tested and a pass certificate issued in May of that year. With only one UK owner who has kept it as part of a small private collection, the car has covered just 11,500 miles from new and, as you would expect, it is said to be in excellent condition throughout.

Special order equipment includes Atlanta Blue paintwork, Z3M electric heated two-tone leather sports seats, Z3M door mirrors, Z3M bonnet side grilles, 18 BMW MV alloys, lowered sports suspension and an electric hood. The car is said to drive beautifully and has an MOT until May 2013.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number054
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration numberY874 TDW
Chassis numberWBACN5200LL33478
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)2979
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2