How do you find a BMW Z3 that has averaged less than 330 miles annually? It happens when you have a 1996 debut-year car that everyone knew would be an instant classic. And now this loaded drop-top has crossed the special 25-year threshold, it begins to actually be eligible for antique plates in many states. Are you starting to see the full picture? It's a collector-level time capsule that also now qualifies for true classic benefits.
This car debuted in a big way for the 1996 model year. BMW had some of the most desirable small sports sedans and coupes of the time (as they still do today.) And so the enthusiast public got instantly excited about the Z3. It was the drop-top that would tap into the Miata kind of appeal but with better features and more boldness in the styling. It also didn't hurt that it was James Bond's ride in Goldeneye. So you were on a wait-list for 1997 if you were even a bit late hearing about the Z3. That's what makes this car so special. You can just imagine the first owner pulling a favor with a friend or paying a dealer premium to get his hands on this. That's why it was treated so specially. That's why the factory Hellrot Red keeps a terrific gloss that showcases the bulldog front end, flared fenders, and sporty short rear deck. This one has been babied for a quarter-century, and so you won't ding driveway scrapes on the bumpers or parking lot scratches on the factory alloys. Best of all, you have an American-made car that also shows it can be done to German quality standards.
The black convertible top looks sharp against the red paint, and when you take it down, there's a full black interior. So you have an attractive color combo with the roof up or down. Ultra-low mileage means there was barely any time to put a crease in the leather-trimmed seats. This is loaded with the best features, like keyless entry/alarm, power locks, power mirrors, a tilt steering column, and cruise control. Power windows and a power convertible top mean you can open this one up to the world with ease. And the factory air conditioning will make sure your open-air drive is comfortable. While this is a true time capsule, there are a few well-placed upgrades. An aftermarket wood kit warms up the dark interior quite nicely. And you now have an AM/FM/CD stereo with modern USB and Bluetooth (but the original AM/FM/cassette and BMW into music still come with the sale.) And while this car has exceptionally low mileage, we do know it will instantly speak to your enthusiast's heart. The bucket seats are supportive, the steering wheel fits into your hands naturally, and the shifter is placed just inches away for spirited driving.
Under the hood is the original 1.9-liter engine, and the engine bay continues this car's clean look of an exceptional car. This fuel-injected DOHC motor takes advantage of the great European tradition of lower displacement motors that love to rev for the spirited performance feeling. This is especially true on this five-speed manual transmission example - a rare feature that really allows you to take full control into your hands. The fully independent suspension seems to have mastered the right blend of performance and comfort like a good BMW should. Powerful four-wheel disc brakes complete this confidence-inspiring package.
The sale comes complete with desirable items like the owner's manual, maintenance records, and a car cover. This is the car that launched an icon and so it's amazing to find one worthy of legendary status. Call today!!!