1989 BMW Z1

RM Sotheby's Munich 2022
Saturday, 26 November 2022
Sale Price
€30,000 - €50,000
Est. Range
26 November 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. WBABA91090AL00085. Urgrün with black cloth top over light tan leather. 2494/170hp, 5-speed, partial tool kit.

Evaluation: Part of The Bavarian Legends Collection and showing only 61 km. That isn’t represented as the accurate figure, but it might be. The boot lid finish doesn’t match the rest of the car, but all the other body panels look fine. The seats look slightly aged all commensurate to the car’s year. Offered without registration papers and it has been sitting long enough that some mechanical sorting will likely be necessary before driving it.

Bottom Line: Unveiled in 1987 in Frankfurt, the Z1 was an advanced car for the 1980s with its easily replaceable body panels and use of composite materials. It was otherwise fairly conventional in the drivetrain department, with engine and gearbox borrowed from the 325i and rear-wheel drive. What most people remember about the Z1, however, are its nifty doors that retract down into the bodywork. You can drive with them down, too, make it possible to have not just wind-in-your-hair but also wind-in-your-sleeve motoring.

Just 8000 were produced, and they’re esoteric but very collectible modern BMWs. Very, very collectible, apparently, as this one brought triple its high estimate and over €60k more than another Z1 sold out of this collection. We haven’t seen one sell for more than this.

by Andrew Newton
3 December 2022
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