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Hagerty Employee

20 years of the BMW Z8

It’s been two decades since BMW launched the beautiful retro-modern Z8 roadster. It took a little time to take hold, but now the Z8 is seriously sought after, commanding prices considerably higher than its original MSRP. All the more reason to reminisce about the car’s debut at the turn of the century.


Strictly speaking, the Z8 made its first appearance in 1999, driven by a certain Mr. Bond in The World is Not Enough. It enjoyed approximately 14 minutes of screen time before being cut in half by a helicopter.


The press and public didn’t get behind the wheel until February 2000, and I was fortunate enough to be amongst them.


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