- Chassis # 4USBT53413LT21084
- Finished In Rare and Unique "Urban Green" Over Beige Interior
- Showing Just 19,650 Miles From New
- Equipped With Factory Color Matched Hardtop And Fitted With Z4M Style Wheels
- Well-Equipped With Convenience Package, Premium Package and Sport Package
- Complete With Clean CARFAX, Original Window Sticker, Books, Tools, Spare, Jack, Available Service Records And More
Flushed with an abundance of cash holdings in the 1980s, BMW set forth a division to develop new vehicle technologies and concepts. The first of these concepts debuted to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the summer of 1987. The E30-based Z1, or Zukunft 1, German for future, an embodiment of “the future automobile,” demonstrated a removable composite body mounted atop a skeletal frame, complete with doors that dropped into the body sides to provide access.
A “retro” styling exercise recalling the fabulous pre-war 328 and post-war 507 followed in 1996. The Z3 based its drivetrain and chassis on the successful, tried and tested E36 3-series and sold in massive numbers. Adding to the Z3’s significance was BMW’s decision to put it into production solely at their South Carolina factory, the first car from the BMW product line to be built from inception solely in the US. Significant as it was from a styling and production perspective, with its original 1.9L 4-cylinder, the Z3 was more of a Sunday cruiser than a flat-out sports car.
In 2003 came the E85 Z4, larger, stiffer, and barely any heavier than the predecessor Z3. Exterior design criticisms of past models were addressed, while the interior benefitted from an uptick in material quality. The move upmarket meant that the car would not sell in considerable quantities like the Z3 but with 6 choices of engines during a 6-year run meant that there was a Z4 for everyone.
This exceptional US market example, chassis 4USBT53413LT21084, is believed to have found its first owner in Minnesota. The new BMW was finished in the marvelous non-metallic Urban Green over Beige interior with a matching soft top, just as it appears today. Well-equipped, notable optional equipment includes Convenience Package, Premium Package, and Sport Package, the latter including dynamic driving control, 18” wheels, and a sports suspension. And though it can go without saying, most notable is the car’s drivetrain: a perky hi revving 225HP 3.0L 6-cylinder mated to a 6-Speed manual transmission.
The most recent owner acquired the car in 2008 with a mere 5,000 recorded. Two years later, a hardtop was obtained from BMW of Boise, ID, color-matched and fitted to the car, and remains included today. Linear service records are on file, showing most recently a fluid flush and a fresh set of Continental Extremecontact Sport tires. Today, this modern collectible has covered a miraculous 19,650 miles and remains in its original well-preserved condition throughout.
It is offered with a CARFAX report, owner’s handbooks, and many factory accessories.
body and paint
This Z4 presents as a nearly new example. Having traveled just shy of 20K miles, there are a few issues to report. The car is free of any dings or dents, is straight down the sides, and the paint is consistent and appears to be original throughout with matching orange peel and factory panel gaps. The only item that is painted is the hardtop, as it was not ordered from the factory and the previous owner had it painted to match.
glass and trim
The glass appears to be the correct original type all around the car. The only blemishes are minor pencil-point-sized marks on the windshield. The trim is otherwise complete and original. Though it should be noted that the side markers were changed to the later flush style and are not the originals.
The wheels are not the originals but have been upgraded to the Style 224 wheels found on the Z4M. They are blemish free and in excellent condition.
The front bumper and front of the hood and fenders do show very minor blemishes upon close inspection. Nothing worth refinishing, and as expected for a vehicle traveling 20K miles so far. The only other blemish worth noting is a thin/narrow scratch to the rear bumper; however, this scratch is on PPF and likely did not affect the paint.
seats and surfaces
The interior is very well kept with no issues to note. However, there were modifications completed, all with factory OEM components simply to alter the aesthetic as if the car was ordered the way it shows today. The dash vents, seat backs, shift boot and shifter, e-brake boot and handle, and other minor items were changed to black. With the originals included. There is some minor scratching to note on some of the soft-touch interior pieces but nothing worth replacing.
functionality and accessories
Everything works as intended, with no issues noted.
engine bay and trunk
The engine bay is very clean and as expected for a 20K mile example and some factory grease pencil marks are still present. 100% stock and as delivered.
The trunk area is tidy, with no issues to note.
The underside shows signs of use but no major issues to be noted; some minor scrapes here or there, but everything is in order with no leaks or issues found.
The M54 3.0L runs strong and produces the perfect amount of power for this lightweight roadster. No issues, and recently inspected with a clean bill of health.
The 6-speed transmission shifts wonderfully through a clutch with a good pedal feel and no issues to note.
brakes and suspension
Brakes and suspension are in excellent and correct working order, and have had an easy life so far and have no issues known.
The tires are newly installed Continental Extreme Contact Sport 255/40/ZR18 in the rear and 225/40/ZR18 in the front with date codes of 2021 in the front and 2022 in the rear.
Having driven the M variant, it can be stated that the Non-M 3.0L variant is impressive and provides ample power and capability that any enthusiast can appreciate. This is a nearly new example needing nothing more than a driver to be enjoyed immediately. While not an M, you also could not have an M in Urban Green, so you still retain the rarity and desirability that makes up for the non-M status, especially with a matching hardtop. A truly unique and wonderful example.