Tuesday 14th August 2012
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BMW Z1 Overview

The BMW Z1 is a roadster car developed by the German auto mobile manufacturing company: BMW. This car had a very short life span of just 3 years, in production from 1989-91. This was two-seater car whose most memorable feature was its drop down electrical doors. These stayed down when the top was down (It’s a soft top btw) and made for an ‘open car’ driving experience. All cars were made left hand drive except for the final one produced, which was a right hand drive, making it the only one in the world and a real collector’s item.

BMW Z1 History

This car was first shown in 1986 and then officially at the 1987 Frankfurt motor show. Before the first one had been produced in 1989 there were already 5000 requests for this car, creating a cue for these cars. They showed very popular at first and were in demand but that soon dwindled away, and by 1991 the car had stopped production.

This car was designed over a three year period and shares chassis and engine with the 325i. There were over 8,000 of these cars produced by BMW, making it rather collective. It did not make up to the expectations of the investors which is why it was discontinued at such a young age.

The body was very lightweight, being made from plastic and the whole design was always considerate of making it as aerodynamic as possible. As the car can be driven with the doors down legally, it made for a fun ride but it was not made legal in the US.


There was only the one model ever made for this car

Fuel Economy

The engine was a 2.5 BMW engine and was made for performance rather than fuel economy. As this vehicle is designed for power and performance, it can be pretty greedy on petrol.


This car had an automatic and manual gearbox available in its range.


As the Z1 was only in production for 3 years, parts can be hard to find. We have a vast network of Breakers across the UK who has parts for most makes and models of vehicles. Enter your vehicle details in our parts finder to locate your required parts or visit the Z1 parts page.