Go To (The Big) Apple, Bring Back Steve Jobs’ BMW Z8

Which automaker makes the Apple of cars? We’ll let Steve Jobs be the judge of that. And judge he did when he picked up this BMW Z8 back in October 2000.

Still highly celebrated by Bimmer fanatics, the Z8 was a retro-styled roadster, designed by Henrik Fisker and packing the beating heart of an E39 M5: a 4.9-liter V8 good for 400 horsepower.

BMW built 5,703 of them, 2,543 of which were sent to the United States. Long an enthusiast of German design, the Apple founder ordered his in titanium silver over black, with the optional hardtop (and stand), and – seven years before the debut of the first iPhone – had it fitted with an optional BMW-branded Motorola car phone (of which he was not said to have been particularly fond).

While Jobs was known to switch cars every few months (and avoid registering them) to protect his anonymity, this one bears his name – and even has a California license plate reading JOBS Z8. He sold the car in 2003 to its current owner, who in turn sold it to (but later bought it back from) another unidentified tech executive.

With 15,200 miles on the clock and celebrity provenance, the BMW roadster is consigned for sale in New York come December, where it’s expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000. Check it out in the photos below, captured by Karissa Hosek for RM Sotheby’s.

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  • Matthew Daraei

    This car is a masterpiece. But the asking price is too high. Don’t give a damn if this was owned by that crook Steve Jobs.

  • Rocc E. Normyss

    A car that’s associated with Steve Jobs? No bloody thanks!!!!!!

    • Honda NSX-R

      A car that’s associated with Steve Jobs? No bloody thanks!!!!!!
      Lol jk

  • Blade t

    I always liked the z8….

  • Status

    “celebrity provenance”? I don’t think so. The car is worth scarcely above market value.




  • Six_Tymes

    Lovely, one of Henrik Fisker’s best designs.

  • kimsoohyun

    A car that’s associated with Steve Jobs? No bloody thanks!!!!!!

  • SteersUright

    A shame whats happening in the auto marketplace now. The 1% so flush with cash they’re buying up anything that allows them to “park” their money in an appreciative manner, thus driving up the price for cars that us real enthusiasts would love to see properly depreciate so we could afford them. Hope this bubble bursts soon and bursts severely, maybe they’ll all start dumping their toys back in the market again.

  • Ary Wisesa

    One of the most beautiful BMW ever, and also one of the most beautiful cars ever. I love it! Even though I can’t afford the real one, at least I have a model in 1:18 scale. It’s so gorgeous its still looks good even in miniature. 😀

  • Vassilis

    Stunning car.