29,000 Original Miles


Manual Transmission
4.9L V8
400 hp @ 6600 rpm*
369 lb/ft torque @ 3900 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 4.2 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph
*Base Price in 2004: $132,195


*Seller Asking:


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Fast Facts:

  • The Z8 (code named E52) was designed by Henrik Fisker under the supervision of Chris Bangle, who was head of BMW design by this time. The goal was to mimic the iconic BMW 507 from the late 50’s
  • While it was built alongside Rolls Royce cars at BMW’s Dingolfing plant, it shared its engine and transmission with the legendary E39 M5. Unlike the E39, however, the engine sat behind the front axle in the Z8, giving it a 50/50 weight distribution
  • The Z8 was built almost entirely out of aluminum, including its suspension. This meant it weighed over 500lbs less than the M5 (3,494 lbs). Combined with a 3.38 differential (vs. the M5’s 3.15) the Z8 was able to hit 60 MPH faster than any other BMW in Motor Trend’s history at the time
  • The M5’s engine was virtually unmodified for the Z8 except for a bespoke tuned stainless steel crossover exhaust system. This made the Z8 sound unlike any other BMW at the time
  • The tail lights and turn signals were powered by real neon. The neon tubes, which illuminate much faster than standard light bulbs, will never burn out and last the entire life of the vehicle. In addition, there are fiber-optic turn indicator lights integrated within the fender side vents that remain invisible until illuminated
  • Every Z8 included a paint matched metal hardtop featuring a rear defroster. Unlike most other roadsters, the Z8’s hard top was included in the original design of the car, maintaining a natural and undisruptive look when mounted
  • Alpina famously reimagined the Z8 by created the “Alpina Roadster” in 2003. Alpina initially wanted to stuff their version of BMW’s V12 under the hood, but it simply couldn’t be made to fit (the oil sump required the space reserved by the rack and pinion steering). Instead, they had to make do with the M62 V8 from the Alpina E39 5 series (B10)
  • The Z8 was heavily marketed as an “instant classic”. BMW stood by this statement to such and extent that they promised to maintain a 50 year supply of spare parts in order to help preserve the Z8 for as long as possible. This was a big deal, as many of the parts were extremely bespoke and built by hand (the roll bar hoops behind the seats, for example, are hand stitched in Nappa leather)
Key Model Year Changes:

  • This is the final year of Z8 production
  • The only model run changes occurred in late 2002 when Alpina began taking over Z8 production to create its own Alpina V8 Roadster. However, since BMW was still scheduled to produce the regular Z8 in extremely limited quantity for 2003, it created an overlap between BMW Z8 and Alpina V8 Roadster production

Seller Notes:

  • Alpina wheels added
  • Black on black
  • Updated stereo system
  • 6spd Manual

  • Location: West Hollywood, California – (more photos below)
  • UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)

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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability
Mileage Disclaimer: NOC has not confirmed if the mileage stated by the seller is true and accurate. It is up to the buyer to verify these claims. Vehicle history reports, service records stating mileage, and even inspections of odometer tampering are recommended.


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