BMW and BMW Z1 Club Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the Z1 Roadster
The BMW Z1 roadster, the company’s first Z car has turned 25 and to celebrate the occasion BMW and the official BMW Z1 club have organized a special tour which will include a visit to BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany. The automaker first unveiled the Z1 at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show and members of the press were given access to the car one year earlier. The Z in its name comes from the German word for future, Zukunft as the car was used to develop several technologies that were new at the time.
Production of the model ceased in 1991 despite demand for the car being strong upon its initial release. Only 8000 examples were built in the end of which all except for one were left-hand drive models. The very last Z1 was built largely by hand and with a right-drive configuration. High-intensity discharge headlights, an integrated roll-bar, and the retracting door mechanism where the door would slide downwards into the side sills were the key features of the model. Power came from a straight-six engine that displaced 2.5 liters and produced 168 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque.
Most BMW Z1 roadsters were sold in Germany but a few did turn up in the U.S as well. Throughout the tour BMW Z1 models owned by participants from across Europe and the U.S. will be on display.