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Pick of the Day: 2001 BMW Z8, a highly desirable hand-built roadster

Prices just keep going up for these modern/retro sports cars


Of all the exotic/supercars built in the past 22 years, my favorite since it launched in 2000 is the BMW Z8. The Z8 was literally a hand-built car and what I feel is the most perfect design of a retro/modern car built by any manufacturer.

The Z8 is also a car that since it was new has always been just a bit out of reach for me. Every time I plan on shopping for one of these BMWs, they increase in price, always outpacing me. I have bid on them three times at different live auctions and have always come up short.


The few I have found that were in any way within my budget were sold before I was even able to make an offer.

The Pick of the Day is one of these iconic cars, a 2001 BMW Z8 roadster in my favorite color combination of Titanium Silver Metallic over a black-leather interior.

I have driven Z8s a number of times, and the BMW is not just stunning but excellent from behind the wheel, and which can be used daily or taken to show. They are fast enough, being powered by the M5 V8, comfortable enough, and require no compromises to own. They also are easy to own as they can be serviced at any local BMW dealer.


All that said, my advice is that if you want one of these stunning cars, you should buy it right now because they are never likely to depreciate but keep going up in value. In addition, a limited-production car such as the Z8 is never likely to be built by ever again as it is simply no longer feasible for a company as big as BMW to justify.

This Z8 being advertised on by a Farmingdale, New York, dealer includes its hardtop, something nice to have as it makes the car essentially into a coupe.  The dealer states that this BMW has covered only 15,998 miles from new and has been meticulously maintained and has an extensive service record file.

The car was originally purchased in Florida, the seller notes, eventually ended up in the Northaast around 2005, where it was purchased by its current owner from Bentley of Long Island, when it showed 4,200 miles. In addition to the hardtop and hardtop stand, the BMW includes the factory car cover, cup holder, windscreen, tool kit and flip phone.

BMW built only 2,543 of the Z8 roadsters, and this one at $220,900 is a fair price for the low mileage and known history. If I had that money to spend, I would not hesitate to buy this one today.

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. You are mistaken as to the number built. BMW built 5703 of these. Your number is that of the cars built for the US/North American market.

  2. Wow! 221K- when I was reading this article I was thinking of a price around $59K. Needless to say I was shocked at the asking price. Guess I’m out of touch with the market on this car.


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