Stated to be the only federalized Z1 in the United States (most others being here under Show and Display), this BMW Z1 belonged to a Miami restaranteur who brought the car into the country in 1993. This very Z1 appeared in the background of the
wincingly dated romcom Miami Rhapsody, starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
The BMW Z1 was famous for a couple things: doors that closed downward, and “easily” detachable plastic body panels, which in theory would allow owners to change the color of the car by replacing the body panels in a matter of hours (though in reality people who attempted this generally accomplished the feat in two days). As long as one doesn’t have parts left over when you put it back together, it’s generally going to be okay.
This was one of two Z1s at the 2011 Carlisle Import Nationals, and one of my fave cars of the weekend. These change hands from time to time in North America, but we’re not going to see noticeably more till the earliest examples hit 25 years. Obvs.
More photos after the jump