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Fancy Bidding On A BMW Z8 That Once Belonged To Steve Jobs?

A Z8 that once belonged to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be auctioned in New York this December

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With under 6000 built, retro-inspired styling and a role in one of the shonkier James Bond franchise installments, the Z8 is already an odd little bit of BMW’s history. This particular Z8 - up for auction soon - is quirkier still, as it was once owned by none other than Steve Jobs.

Yep, Apple co-founder, tech visionary and lover of turtle necks - who passed away in 2011 - took delivery of this very Z8 on 6 October 2000. He had the car until 2003, selling it on to the current owner in 2003.

BMW - Fancy Bidding On A BMW Z8 That Once Belonged To Steve Jobs? - Used Cars

It must have been tempting to park it up for good at that point and maximise investment potential, but to his credit, the Los Angeles-based owner is said to have driven the car “regularly.” It wasn’t driven far, though: it’s clocked 15,200 miles, equating to less than 1000 miles a year.

He initially only kept it a year, selling it in 2004. He apparently regretted the decision, and convinced owner number three to sell it back to him in April 2006.

BMW - Fancy Bidding On A BMW Z8 That Once Belonged To Steve Jobs? - Used Cars

This immaculate, well-maintained Z8 is being auction with the original hardtop plus stand, a cover, all the right manuals and service records, the navigation CDs and even a BMW-branded Motorola flip-phone. A phone which auction house RM Sotheby’s says Jobs was “known to have hated.” No big surprise there…

No BMW Z8 is cheap, but the historical connection here results in a particularly hefty estimate of $300,000 - $400,000. The car will go under the hammer at the RM Sotheby’s ‘New York - Icons’ event on 6 December.