Based on the E36 chassis, the Z3 was developed by BMW as a rear-wheel-drive two-seater sports car and was the first mass-produced Z-Series model following the Z1. The Z3 gained popularity when it appeared as James Bond’s car in the 1995 film, GoldenEye, and has played a pivotal role in popularizing the roadster segment for BMW. This 1996 example comes finished in Bright Red over black leather upholstery and features a 5-speed manual transmission. Reported to have been stored inside a climate-controlled garage by its previous owner of 11 years, it is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Texas with approximately 34k miles on the odometer.
The Z3 follows the characteristic traits of a BMW roadster with a long hood, short overhangs, and a seating position almost directly above the rear axle. The large kidney grills, side fender vents, and fender-mounted roundels pay homage to the classic BMW 507. This Roadster comes finished in Bright Red (314) with a black convertible soft top and rides on factory 16” Style 35 wheels dressed in Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season tires from December 2021. The seller notes some scrapes on the underside of the front bumper. Additional images are provided in the gallery along with a CARFAX report showing damage to have occurred in 2001. The seller states that paint meter readings indicate the original finish remains on all panels, detailed images are provided in the gallery.
The cabin presents black leather upholstery and features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cruise control, a climate control system, power windows, a digital clock, an AM/FM cassette radio with a trunk-mounted CD changer, and a BMW hi-fi sound system. All gauges, electronics, and accessories are reported to be working properly.
Power is derived from a 1.9-liter inline-four engine which sends as much as 140 HP and 133 lb.-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. Equipment includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), vacuum-assisted power disc brakes, and speed-sensitive variable assist rack & pinion power steering. The CARFAX report shows a total of 13 service history entries and the seller states there are no outstanding maintenance items at this time.
This sale will include a clean title.
The seller would like you to know: “This particular car has led a pampered life in the hands of a mature collector who has kept her in an air-conditioned garage while religiously following a strict maintenance schedule. It is basically a time capsule that will transport you to the twilight years of the 20th century with style and grace.”