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Pick of the Day: 1999 BMW Z3 for AZ Humane Society

22,000-mile roadster – offered for a good cause


Car collectors can be some of the most charitable people on earth. Such is the case with one generous donor in Arizona who offered up a BMW roadster to the state’s humane society.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1999 BMW Z3 listed for sale on by a seller in Phoenix, Arizona. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This vehicle was donated to the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) to raise money to save animals’ lives. It is being sold for and by the Arizona Humane Society,” the listing says.

Established in 2013, the AHS has since reduced euthanasia by 83%. That comes out to 150,000 animal lives saved over the last decade or so. For pet lovers, those numbers are huge. In addition, the organization partners with local agencies to facilitate adoptions, summer camps, veterinary efforts, and other important initiatives. The proceeds from the sale of this Z3 will go to those types of causes.

As for the car in question: The iconic Z3 likely needs little introduction for most of you. When it launched in 1995, it had prominent screen time in the 1995 James Bond Movie “GoldenEye.” Sales commenced the following year, and the model last until 2002 (it was succeeded by the E85 Z4 in 2003).

One unique thing about the Z3 was that it was the first BMW model manufactured outside Germany. Production took place at the company’s Spartanburg assembly plant in Greer, South Carolina. It was offered initially as a two-door, two-seat convertible, and it shared chassis underpinnings with the “E36” 3-series models of the era. A coupe variant went into production two years later, along with performance-oriented “M” models.

Power for today’s 22,000-mile car comes from a 2.8-liter inline-six mated to a five-speed manual transmission. For its time, engineering was advanced. This engine came with Double-VANOS variable-valve timing, a dual resonance intake system, and direct injection with knock control.

Accompanying the car is the original window sticker showing initial delivery to Sharpe Buick-BMW in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a retail price of $39,570. Included in that bottom line were a few special upgrades such as chrome interior accents, a power soft top, woodgrain trim, heated front seats, and a CD sound system. The car also came pre-wired for a BMW cellular telephone.  

The asking price is $19,500, and you can feel good about the purchase knowing that you helped some of our furry friends.

To view this listing on, navigate to the landing page at Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. Kelly Blue Book indicates that a 1999 BMW 2.8 Z3 in very good condition would be $7,173. That is using an Alabama zip code. So the asking price of $19,500 seems a bit high. Not really interested in buying. I just thought I would see what the market value would be. Mike

    • KBB does not equal market value. Any car collector knows that. In late November, a 2,700-mile 2003 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson SuperCrew pickup sold for $40,000 plus buyer’s fee on AutoHunter. NADA average retail says $16,700. “Book value” gets thrown out the window in the case of low-mileage, rare vehicles. And I think a 22,000-mile BMW roadster that is 25 year old falls in that category. Try finding another one for the same price.

    • I recommend getting quotes from some transport brokers online. One that I have used a few times is Montway. You can get an instant quote just using the starting and ending ZIP codes. Usually there are cheaper rates for cash payment and for open carrier (vs. enclosed). Good luck!

  2. Leslie, if you email me I can help either shipping. We have shipped several cars in the past that welhete donated. Please email through the actual listing. Greg with the Arizona Humane Society. Thanks.


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