David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/4/19 12:44 p.m.

The stunning looks of a multimillion-dollar BMW 507 yet the drivability of a late-model sports car: That was the promise of the BMW Z8. And it delivered. The easiest way to tell that the model has its fans? Ever since its release nearly 20 years ago, prices have remained strong.

First, there’s the aluminum, 507-inspired bodywork penned by Henrik Fisker (who would eventually design the Aston Martin DB9 as well as the all-electric cars that bear his name). Despite the retro influence, the Z8’s lines were taut and thoroughly modern-even by today’s standards.

Under the hood sat the most powerful BMW production engine offered to date, a 394-horsepower V8 sourced from the company’s M5 sedan. The engine featured eight throttle bodies plus variable valve timing. BMW offered one sole transmission, a six-speed manual.

Luxury appointments? Plenty, including a Motorola cell phone and Nappa leather interior. The headlights were Xenon low-beams, while the turn signals and brake lights relied upon neon tubes. Each car came delivered with its own personalized, handmade book. Only 5703 units were produced during the 2000–’03 model run, with a base price of $128,570.

The Z8 shape also became the basis for the Alpina V8 Roadster, which offered a little less horsepower, a little more torque, and an automatic as the sole transmission choice. The goal here was to create a slightly more comfortable tourer. Just 555 Alpinas were built-all for the 2003 model year-with 450 heading stateside.

How much to enjoy all this goodness? Expect to pay at least $125,000 for a Z8; prices for the finest Alpina cars are rocketing past the $350,000 mark, according to Hagerty.

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