Leake Auction Company just added a 2003 BMW Z8 Alpina to their upcoming auction, November 17-19 in Dallas Market Hall. The limited-edition vehicle was only produced in an automatic and features a five-speed BMW Steptronic transmission with a 4.8L Alpina-tuned V8 motor. This is one of 555 manufactured in 2003. Only 450 were offered for sale in the United States.
The design of the BMW Z8 was led by Chris Bangle, with the intention of celebrating the 1956-59 BMW 507. Due to the popularity of the Z07 concept car during the Tokyo Auto Show, the decision was made to produce a limited production model – the Z8. In order to provide a 50/50 weight distribution, the engine was located behind the front axle. After various speed tests, Car and Driver Magazine stated that the Z8 outperformed the Ferrari 360 Modena in acceleration, handling, and braking.
The tail lights and turn signals feature neon lighting, powered by neon tubes, allowing for quicker activation when compared to standard light bulbs. They are expected to last for the life of the car. All of the Z8’s came with a soft top and a color matching hardtop with a rear defroster. Due to the potential of the vehicle becoming a classic, BMW promised to stockpile spare parts for 50 years.
“These cars do not come up for auction very often, and when they do, aficionados pay attention,” stated Zak Pagano, consignment specialist for Leake Auction Company. “This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most collectible and iconic BMW’s ever produced.”
For more information about the 2003 BMW Z8 Alpina or other vehicles consigned to the auction, visit LeakeCar.com or call 918.254.7077. Bidding is available online, in person or by phone. Admission to the auction is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military with ID and $7 for children under 12.
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Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 by James C. Leake, Sr. as one of the first car auctions in the country. Forty-five years later three generations of the Leake family continue to carry out the principles Mr. Leake founded the company on: quality, respect and loyalty to the business. Currently Leake conducts four auctions a year in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and two in Dallas.
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