The Details

BMW Z3 2.8




  • Mileage: 45,942
  • Year: 1997
  • MOT Expiry: December 2022
  • Exterior Colour: Bright Red
  • Interior Colour: Black Leather
  • Top speed: 135
  • 0-60mph: 6.5
  • BHP: 189
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 2793cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6

Model History

The Z3 was BMW's first mass-produced mass market roadster, and was the first new BMW model to be manufactured in the United States. The Z in Z1, Z3, Z4, Z8 stands for Zukunft, which is German for future.

The BMW Z3 was introduced via video press release by BMW North America on June 12, 1995 and made a short appearance in the James Bond film GoldenEye on November 17, 1995. Sales of the Z3 spiked as the film sat at number one at the Box Office.

The BMW Z3 entered production in September 1995 as a 1996 model, with the earliest engines being the 1.8 and 1.9-litre. The 2.8-litre engine joined the range of models in 1996. Its standard equipment included a Torsen limited-slip differential, leather seats, an on-board computer, 16-inch wheels, and automatic stability control. Options included a 4-speed automatic gearbox, air conditioning, sport seats, an electric roof, leather dashboard, passenger-side airbag, and an "M" steering wheel.


Bright Red paintwork, Black leather upholstery, Electrically-adjustable seats, Electric folding soft-top in black, Removable tonneau cover in black (not pictured), Electric door mirrors, Electric windows, BMW Business CD, Driver and passenger airbags, Limited-slip differential, Front fog lights, Warning triangle, BMW Tool kit, On-board computer, Velour floor mats, Spare key.


The sublime Bright Red paint retains a lustrous finish and looks marvelous along those smooth Z3 lines. The gleaming bodywork presents in near-flawless condition with no signs of any corrosion or scratches, and along both sides the car is arrow-straight. The electric folding soft-top also looks very fresh and operates smoothly at the touch of a button; once down it can be neatly stowed neatly beneath the removable tonneau cover (not photographed), which is a rare item in itself. All the lights are lovely and clear and elsewhere there’s no damage to any of the trims or seals. A pin-sharp example overall.



The contrasting black leather has stood the test of time well, presenting very nicely with only minimal wear to report. The upholstery remains feeling soft to the touch having never been left to harden or crack in the sun. The bolsters are in remarkably good order and are free from any scuffs or sagging, and pleasingly the leather has never been re-connolised. The dash and centre console are in equally fine condition, with the switchgear and gear knob showing few signs of use. Original velour overmats protect the footwell carpets, and at the rear of the car the boot area is very clean and tidy.


The Z3 is equipped with the same 2.8-litre straight-six as used in the E36 328i. Producing a healthy 189hp the car reaches sixty in just 6.5 seconds. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a silken five-speed gearbox and limited-slip differential. The engine bay is very tidy indeed and maintains a fresh appearance with no signs of any damage or previous poor repair. Having been well maintained from new the car remains in fine mechanical fettle. Recent works within the last few thousand miles include a new crankshaft sensor, water pump, and clutch. The last service was a full Inspection II carried out at BMW at 44,374 miles.


The 16-inch five-spoke wheels are in excellent condition having previously been refurbished to a very high standard. They are shod in a matching set of premium Continental tyres with plenty of tread left at each corner. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, pulling the car to a halt quickly and in straight line.

History File

This low mileage 2.8 Z3 Roadster was first registered in October 1997. It was supplied new by First Front Wimbledon and has now driven just 45k miles in the hands of only 5 registered keepers. The accompanying maintenance booklet is stamped 11 times, with 10 BMW main dealer entries and 1 German car specialist stamp. The last service was the big Inspection II carried out at Specialist Cars Tring BMW in 2019 at 44,374 miles.

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