193-Mile BMW Z8 Roadster Is A $500,000 Time Capsule

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It was basically only driven to and from the local BMW dealership for servicing.

The incredibly pretty BMW 507 is one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs to ever come from the German automaker. There's a simplicity and gracefulness to its design that is missing in modern BMWs, including the otherwise capable Z4 Roadster. Decades later, BMW released the beautiful Z8. Clearly inspired by the 507, we named the Z8 as one of the best BMWs that didn't need an M badge. It even inspired a gorgeous Z4 restomod. The Z8 is exceedingly rare, with only around 2,500 examples making it to the USA. When one goes up for sale, it invariably gets snapped up quickly for a sky-high price. But the example seen here and listed by Gooding & Company is particularly special.

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This collector-owned Z8 is said to be in "time capsule condition" and has under 200 miles on the clock. Built in November 2002 as a 2003 model, it was one of the last Z8s to be built for the US market. The triple black color combination - including a black roof and a black interior - only adds to the timelessness of the car's design.

Imported into California on January 12, 2003, this example was acquired by a California-based enthusiast about seven years later. It then became part of a consigner's collection in 2017. It's said that practically every mile logged in this car was merely getting it to and from the owner's local BMW dealer, where it received a major service that included all fluid changes.

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Gooding & Company
Gooding & Company
Gooding & Company

At the heart of the Z8 is the S62 4.9-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine, which makes 394 horsepower. One of BMW's all-time great engines, the S62 unit also powered the E39 M5 sedan. It's hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox, giving the Z8 a refreshingly analog feel in 2022.

As expected for a car that has barely been touched, this black Z8 is in impeccable condition. The paintwork is flawless and the upholstery looks as good as new. The wraparound dashboard looks markedly different to other BMWs and features analog gauges set in the center but angled in the direction of the driver.

Sold with a commemorative Z8 coffee table book that chronicles the history of the Z8, a manual set, and other extras, this is as good a Z8 as anyone is likely to find. When it goes up for sale at Pebble Beach Auctions, it's expected to fetch between $450,000 and $550,000.

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