1997 BMW Z3 2.8, 2793cc. Registration number R967 UKH. Chassis number WBACJ32010LB86770. We have got used to it now, but when BMW’s Z3 Roadster first came out in 1996 it caused something of a stir. Quite unlike anything else in the Munich firm’s line up, it was styled by Joji Nagashima in BMW’s Californian design studio and had lots of ‘wind-in-the-hair’ attitude. It also had a whiff of the WW2 fighter plane about it, with an aggressively flared bonnet sporting side vents that wouldn’t have looked out of place on an ME109.
Initially powered by a 138bhp 1.9-litre 4-cylinder engine, this was quickly deemed somewhat underwhelming and from 1997 BMW’s superb all-alloy 24-valve 2.8-litre straight-six was made available. With a silky smooth 193bhp on tap, this gave the car sparkling performance, launching it to 60mph in just 6.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140mph. UKH is a local wide body manual example, first registered by Malton BMW with a cherished number of R99 JEP, to a Mr Poole and was serviced by them (12 times) until 2013 at 76,730 miles when it was bought by a Mr Beecroft and the number changed to E13 KEB. Subsequently serviced at 86,754, 93,421 and 100,317 miles, it has had gentle use over the last few years. A new electric hood has recently been fitted. Our vendor (who cannot keep a car for long!) bought it in May 2021 and now his eyes have turned to another car. Sold with the V5C, MOT until April 2022, MOT history and receipts, all the relevant booklets and manuals and toolkit