Już jej pierwowzór – BMW Z8 – był rzadkim i trudno dostępnym samochodem. Zbudowane jako hołd dla modelu BMW 507 z 1956 roku, zawierało szereg stylistycznych nawiązań i najlepszą dostępną technikę. Zbudowano ich 5703 egzemplarzy, dziś są niezwykle poszukiwane, często zyskując ceny jakie niegdyś miało w salonach. BMW Alpina V8 Roadster to jeszcze większy rarytas. Powstawała wyłącznie w 2003 roku (już po zakończeniu produkcji Z8) i zbudowano ich zaledwie 555 sztuk. Różnice ograniczały się do większych, 20-calowych kół, bardziej miękkiej tapicerki, innych wskaźników, kierownicy i oznaczeń, a także zmodyfikowanego silnika z automatyczną skrzynią biegów. Prezentowany egzemplarz ma numer 140/555 i przejechał dotąd zaledwie ok. 27 tys. km, prezentując wciąż stan zbliżony do fabrycznego. Licytowany będzie przed dom aukcyjny Bonhams, już 17 stycznia w USA, bez ceny minimalnej.
One of just 555 examples built
Offered with Hard Top and factory accessories
2003 BMW ALPINA V8 ROADSTER
Refer to department for estimate
To be sold without reserve
THE SCOTTSDALE AUCTION
SCOTTSDALE, THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA
January 17th, 2019
2003 BMW ALPINA V8 ROADSTER
4,800cc 32-Valve DOHC V8 Engine
Bosch Motronic Fuel Injection
375bhp at 6,600rpm
5-Speed Steptronic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
* Exceptional condition inside and out
* Number 140 of just 555 cars built
* Fewer than 17,000 miles
* Factory hardtop included
* Offered with Hardtop and all factory accessories
THE BMW Z8
In 1956, BMW released the 507, a stunning two-seat Roadster that delivered exhilarating performance, luxury, and rarity that remains one of the most coveted BMW models ever produced. At the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show, BMW displayed a stylish retro-inspired concept car, the Z07. The Henrik Fisker-designed concept was initially intended to merely exist as a sole concept, however the incredible reception and overwhelmingly positive acclaim spurred the decision to put it into limited serial production in 1999.
The resulting Z8 remained remarkably faithful to the Z07 concept, with the 507-like twin-nostril front grille and distinctive front-wing vents. A period-style interior had been one of the Z07’s most remarked upon features, and that too made it into the Z8, including a banjo-style steering wheel. The sleek and taught bodywork was all wrought in aluminum, as was the space-frame chassis. The V8 engine was aluminum as well, with massive torque and horsepower figures. Needless to say, the Z8 was fitted with all the luxury appointments befitting a flagship model: traction control, stability control, front and side air bags, GPS navigation, climate control and power operation of the seats, steering wheel and convertible top.
Along with being a stunning, hand built limited-production Roadster, BMW further enhanced the Z8’s appeal to collectors by announcing that a 50-year stockpile of Z8 parts would be maintained. Despite a hefty launch price, initial demand was so high that a bidding war broke out, with many Z8s selling for well in excess of MSRP. By the time production ceased in 2002, 5,703 of these fabulous cars had been built.
With production of the Z8 completed by November 2002, for 2003 the Z8 was replaced by the limited edition Alpina V8 Roadster. A new, softer grade of Nappa leather replaced the Z8’s less supple specification, and special Alpina gauges were featured on the dash cluster. An Alpina steering wheel with three solid spokes replaced the original, and larger Alpina wheels where fitted.
In the United States, this special edition Z8 was sold directly through BMW dealerships, marking a first for Alpina, whose cars had never been sold through retail channels in the U.S. Only 555 of these Alpinas were built.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This Alpina V8 Roadster, one of just 555 examples produced worldwide and 450 for the US market, first landed on US shores on March 4th, 2003. Two months later, the first owner took delivery of this sporty roadster in Knoxville, Tennessee. During the first owner’s brief 15 months with the car, this Alpina covered nearly half of its overall miles. The car then ventured west to San Francisco, where it was acquired by its second and current owner. Serviced regularly and used sparingly over the past 11 years, the consignor has covered just over 8,000 miles in this stunning V8-engined Alpina and showed the car occasionally, including several appearances at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.
Having covered such low miles since new, this two-seater remains in excellent original condition. The Silver Metallic paintwork, complimented by the unmistakable 20-inch Alpina multispoke wheels, is in excellent condition and accentuates the sleek BMW 507-inspired bodywork. The interior, swathed in black and red leather, is in similarly great condition with no discernible wear. This car has undergone several services within the last year, including new tires, gaskets, and a new starter motor. The Alpina-tuned V8 engine runs admirably and the Steptronic automatic transmission shifts without incident. This rare German convertible, ready to be driven and enjoyed by its third owner. Included with the sale are the original books, tool kit, extensive service records, and the matching factory hardtop and stand.