1987-1990 BMW Z1 convertible. See more pictures of BMW cars.
A steel monocoque inner structure sported bonded/bolted-on
fiberglass/polyurethane panels. High rocker panels, for rigidity, necessitated
novel drop-down doors instead of side-hinged portals. A folding soft top stowed
behind the cockpit beneath a hard cover.
Many other innovations and classic sports-car character were there, but the Z1 was more an image-leader than a profit-maker. In fact, BMW made no money on any Z1 sold, and maybe even lost some. It was never certified for U.S. sale, so it's a compliance hassle for would-be American owners, though a few Z1s have undoubtedly made it over as private imports.
It's significant for what it may portend for future BMWs that
will come Stateside, but highly desirable as a fascinating charmer in its own right.
Pluses of the 1987-1990 BMW Z1:
- A virtual "factory dream car" with everyday practicality
- Top-down allure
- Purposeful looks
- Smooth "2.5i" six
- Zippy (8 seconds 0-60)
- Nippy handler
- Solid for a ragtop
- Carefully built
Minuses of the 1987-1990 BMW Z1:
- A likely trip to Germany to buy
- An argument with Customs to keep it when you return
of the 1987-1990 BMW Z1:
NA, but likely no more than 4,000
Specifications of the 1987-1990 BMW Z1:
Wheelbase, inches: 96.3
Length, inches: 154.4
Weight, pounds: 2,750
Price, new: $46,000 (Germany)
Engine for the 1987-1990 BMW Z1:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
|sohc I-6||2,494 cc||168 ||1987-1990|
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