BMW Z8 owned by Steve Jobs goes up on auction; Here’s why it’s still a good buy

The 2000 BMW Z8 convertible roadster owned by Apple's Steve Job is expected to sell for up to USD 400,000.

By:October 30, 2017 10:05 AM

A popular quote by Steve Jobs “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” today makes more sense with respect to Mr Jobs as his automotive side today comes out with reports coming that a BMW Z8 once owned by the Apple Co-founder is going under the hammer and will be auctioned confirms RM Sotheby’s auction house that will be selling Steve Jobs’ silver-over-black BMW Z8 roadster at its upcoming “icons” event in New York scheduled in December 2017.

The auction house said that Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, enthused Jobs to buy the car that was “a paragon of modern automotive engineering and ergonomics, reflective of Job’s own products and psyche.”

Looks like the tech side did over shadow Steve Jobs’ love for cars and while many might not know, Jobs did have a penchant for German automobiles and design, owning BMW motorcycles, as well as Mercedes-Benz SLs.

The 2000 BMW Z8 convertible roadster owned by Apple’s Steve Job is expected to sell for up to USD 400,000, sports a minimalist style, finished in Titanium over a Black leather interior. The tech genius bought the car in October 2000, keeping it until 2003 before it was sold to the Los Angeles-based current owner. The Z8 has a plethora of important accessories, including its proper hardtop and hardtop stand, car cover, owner’s and service manuals, service records, two keys, navigation CDs, and ? most significantly, its original BMW-branded Motorola flip-phone

“Interestingly enough, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Jobs was known to have hated the Motorola phone,” the auction house further added.

Entering the new millennium (2000), BMW presented the BMW Z8. With its sleek proportions, classic lines and soft folding roof, the Z8 was truly one of the most outstanding cars of its time through its looks alone 17 years back. Measuring 4.40 metres in length, 1.83 metres in width and 1.31 metres in height, this was indeed a modern interpretation of the former BMW 507. Steve Jobs owned BMW Z8 featured a five-litre V8 sports engine delivering no less than 400 hp. Combined with a manual six-speed gearbox. However, BMW ended the production of Z8 in 2003.

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