A one-owner, late model pre-facelift Z3 with the pokey 2.8-litre straight-six will always appeal, all the more so given it has only covered 48,166 miles from new, boasts manual transmission and has a superb specification.
Our now elderly vendor purchased the car new from Robert Stern BMW of Evesham for the sum of £30,722.50 as a retirement present to himself in February 1998, specifying the car in ‘HellRot’ Red with contrasting heated black leather sports seats (themselves an expensive optional extra) with electric base, black electric mohair hood, electric windows and mirrors, front passenger airbag (optional extra!), 17inch five-spoke sports alloy wheels, tonneau cover, windbreak, Tracker and rear luggage rack. As a further bonus, the car was ordered with a removable factory hardtop too, in black much to the dismay of the dealer who couldn’t see the colour logic.
The vendor’s logic was clear. If he wanted a coupe, he’d have bought one, he wanted his convertible to clearly be a convertible, the retractable soft top was black, so, therefore should the removable hardtop be.
The car is, as one might imagine in excellent order, bar a couple of minor age-related marks and has been used sparingly, in the summer months only and has been loved. It’s seen a few enjoyable trips around France but not much in recent times due to ill health.
The history file includes the V5C, old style V5, period sales brochure, owner’s pack and service book with four stamps and invoices including its most recent service in October 2018, but a handful of miles ago. There are also bills for new tyres at 45,000 miles in 2017, along with a new battery in February 2017.
There are all the MOTs from new, all the keys, the original purchase invoice and a current MOT to February 2021 showing no advisories.