The BMW Z8 was the production version of the 1997 Z07 Concept car, which was designed by Henrik Fisker at BMW’s DesignworksUSA in Southern California. The Z07 was originally designed as a styling exercise intended to evoke and celebrate the 1956-’59 BMW 507. The Z07 caused a sensation at the ’97 Tokyo Auto Show.
The overwhelming popularity of the concept spurred BMW’s decision to produce a limited production model called the Z8 Roadster. There were 5,703 Z8s built between 1999 and 2003, approximately half of which were exported to the United States. The last 555 Z8 units were produced by ALPINA GMbh and featured the tuner’s 4.8liter V8 mated to a Steptronic transmission. It also featured ALPINA’s sexy 20 inch wheels featured here.
Although the ALPINA version of the Z8 is the one that most enthusiasts snub their nose at because it lacked the M5’s 400 horsepower V8 and row your own gearbox, the ALPINA Roadster is the one that collectors are currently paying near $150,000 for a decade later.
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