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1990 BMW Z1 Roadster / WBABA91000AL03134 Vehicle Information

1990 BMW Z1 photograph

1990 BMW Z1 photograph

1990 BMW Z1 photograph

1990 BMW Z1 photograph

1990 BMW Z1 photograph

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Sold for $101,750 at 2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
In 1985, upper management at BMW tasked BMW Technik GmbH to build a two seat sports roadster. This roadster, the Z1, was the first produced to be developed by BMW Technik GmbH, with hopes of revitalizing the company image as well as to demonstrate that BMW was a leader in innovation.

Harm Lagaay was hired by BMW from Ford of Europe as design chief to work alongside Ulrich Bez, head of the new division. After just one year, a fully operational prototype had been developed. Must of the vehicle's componentry was sourced from the BMW 3-Series, including its engine, interior, drivetrain, and front suspension. The engine was placed in the front, and set far towards the center of the car in hopes of achieving a near perfect weight distribution. The rear suspension foreshadowed the multi-link design that was to appear on the next-generation 3-Series. It featured a unique ground-effect system, and a body with electromechanical doors that dropped into the sills for easy entrance and exit by simply touching a button. The entire steel inner structure was coated with zinc to resist corrosion. The base unit construction was covered with demountable injection-moulded thermoplastic body panels that were also capable of resisting impacts of 5 mph. Four colors were available. The panels, which were recyclable, could be interchanged if the owner desired to change the color of their car.

BMW introduced the production version at the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show with the intention of building 5,000 units no a special production line in its Munich facility. In 1988, production began slowly, with just 58 examples built that year. Customer deliveries did not begin until March of 1989. In the end, BMW built 8,000 Z1s, plus 12 pre-production examples, by the time production ceased in the summer of 1991.

This particular example was ordered new by BMW of Milano, Italy and was finished in Toprot over a two-tone gray and camouflage interior. It was given the optional lightweight alloy wheels, emergency spare tire and the radio delete option. It left the BMW factory in February of 1990 and delivered to the showroom where it stayed for more than two decades.

The current caretaker is the car's second owner.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2016



2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $50,000-USD $100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $101,750

1990 BMW Z1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1990 sales)
1990 BMW Z1
Chassis#: WBABA91010AL05040
Sold for USD$45,048
  2020 RM : The European Sale featuring the Petitjean Collection
 
1990 BMW Z1
Chassis#: WBABA91030AL04049
Sold for USD$67,819
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1990 BMW Z1 Convertible
Chassis#: WBABA9170AL03633
Sold for USD$49,229
  2017 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1990 BMW Z1
Sold for USD$50,333
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1990 BMW Z1
Chassis#: WBABA91010AL06057
Sold for USD$105,056
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1990 BMW Z1 Roadster
Chassis#: WBABA91040AL02956
Sold for USD$77,170
  2016 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
 
1990 BMW Z1
Chassis#: WBABA91000AL03134
Sold for USD$101,750
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1990 BMW Z1 image  1990 BMW Z1 image  
1990 BMW Z1
Chassis#: WBABA910X0AL05313
Sold for USD$51,533
  2016 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum-Duxford
 
1990 BMW Z1
Sold for USD$47,300
  2014 Morphy Auctions : Denver, PA
 
1990 BMW Z1
Chassis#: WBABA91010AL06057
Sold for USD$84,170
  2014 Silverstone : The May Sale
 
1990 BMW Z1
Chassis#: WBABA91050AL0170A
Sold for USD$30,572
  2014 Silverstone : Race Retro & Classic Car Sale
 
1990 BMW Z1 Convertible
Chassis#: WBABA91020AL02129
Sold for USD$24,150
  2011 Bonhams - Power by BMW - BMW Powered Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Related Automobilia
 
1990 BMW Z1 Convertible
Chassis#: WBABA91020AL02129
Sold for USD$32,320
  2011 Bonhams - Power by BMW
 
1990 BMW Z1 Roadster
Chassis#: WBABA91020AL01787
Sold for USD$42,423
  2004 Bonhams - Important Collectors Motor Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1990 BMW Z1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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BMW Z1 Vehicle Profiles
Roadster
BMW Z1 Roadster

Model Year: 1988
Profile
Roadster
BMW Z1 Roadster

Model Year: 1989
Profile
Roadster
BMW Z1 Roadster

Chassis Num: WBABA91000AL03134
Engine Num: 25236998
Model Year: 1990
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
BMW Z1 Roadster

Model Year: 1991


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