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25 years of the BMW Z1

Discussion in 'Z1 Roadster' started by GazHyde, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator British Zeds

    Dec 2, 2011
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    Another fascinating article from BMW Blog, this time the history of the BMW Z1. It covers not only the design, but also some of the unique construction methods used to make it.



    "It was a true quantum leap: when BMW unveiled the Z1 to the international motoring press in the Italian town of Punta Ala back in autumn 1988, its direct predecessor was parked in the hotel’s inner courtyard – a BMW 507 from the late 1950s, the last time the BMW model range had included a two-seater sports car. The leap through time to the Z1 was in fact even greater than the intervening period of 30 years or so would suggest. Its avant-garde solutions looked way ahead into the future – indeed, some of its most revolutionary ideas are as unique now as they were then.

    It had all begun with a very bold idea. The BMW Board of Management came up with the notion of setting up a kind of think tank in a cutting-edge company branch that would be completely isolated from all other development departments. The idea was to give highly skilled BMW engineers, technicians and designers free rein to work on turning their best creative concepts into reality themselves."
  2. Rev

    Rev Zorg Guru (IV)

    Feb 18, 2012
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    I have friends in Rothley, Leicestershire and used to drive by a garage there in the early to mid 90's. A white Z1 was prominently displayed in the window and I instantly fell in love.

    At the time I could no way have afforded such a car, but I bought a Z3 from a client some years late, the start of a love affair with Z's..... So maybe one day!

    The great thing about Z's is they actually do what they say on the tin. They work, keep you dry and are comfortable. They also have a dealer network across the globe. So even if your Z1 breaks down.... Theres someone there to help.

    Until you've been in that position you have no idea how much thats worth!

    Hail the Z!

  3. Tricky

    Tricky Regular Member

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    Thanks for sharing Gaz :-bd