Nothing encapsulates the spirit of modern BMW like the Z8 Roadster. Produced in small numbers from 1999 to 2003, it's now one of the firm's most desirable models – and a very special example is now heading to auction.
This model was formerly owned by Apple CEO, the late Steve Jobs, since 2000 when it was purchased new. Jobs was in fact known to be a fan of German vehicles, with a penchant for BMW motorcycles.
He also famously ran his Mercedes SL daily drivers without number plates, taking advantage of a loophole in California law that gave owners six months from new to fit them. Rather than register the cars, he instead bought a new one every six months. However, this Z8 does come with a California registration Jobs put on himself.
According to the auction listing, Jobs was convinced to buy his Z8 by the CEO of tech company Oracle, Larry Ellison. He reportedly enthused to Jobs that the car was 'a paragon of modern automotive engineering and ergonomics, reflective of Steve's own products and psyche.'
Jobs' Z8 was finished in the classic Apple signature colours of silver and black – in this case a Titanium exterior and black leather interior. It was the 85th model to reach the US. Jobs sold it in 2003.
The car was sold once more, but re-purchased by the same owner in 2004. Since that time, he's driven it regularly but sparingly, and the car shows just 15,200 miles from new.
Steve Jobs' Z8 is offered without reserve at RM Sotheby's New York ICONS auction. The auction house has placed a conservative estimate of $300,000-$400,000 (£226,000-£301,000) on the car. It's offered with a current California registration and BMW service history.