NO RESERVE - 2001 BMW Z3 1.9i

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  • Great-looking Z3 with superb body
  • Desirable Siena Red metallic
  • Genuine low mileage
  • Crocodile skin leather


The BMW Z3 is a rapidly up and coming modern classic, with good, rot-free examples keeny sought-after by enthusiasts of the marque. 

After all, it was a hugely important car for the Bavarian marque. The Z3 introduced two firsts for BMW. It was the first of the company’s cars to be styled by radical designer Chris Bangle and was the first BMW to be built in the USA, at the new Spartanburg factory in North Carolina. 

It was also a massively appealing entry to the sports car market – less hardcore but more practical than a Mazda MX-5 or MGF, and with beautiful BMW build quality and exceptional powertrains. 

Today, it’s a great choice of modern classic open-top tourer and offers great value, while the fact it’s based on the ‘E36’ 3-Series platform also means it’s a rewarding car to drive. This makes it something cool and different that you can still use every day. 

This is the economical but lively 1.9i model, with a four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. It also has the rare and desirable crocodile skin leather option, sought-after by Z3 fans.


  • Supplied new by Godfrey Hall BMW in Shrewsbury in May 2001
  • Owned by current owner since 2013
  • Service book stamped up 57,890 miles in 2019 – 14 stamps in total
  • Most services at main dealers or marque specialists
  • Original handbooks and service wallet
  • Three sets of keys plus master key
  • UK V5C 
  • MOT to May 2023
  • Old MOTs 
  • Folder full of services and receipts
  • Private sale


  • Beige Oregon leather with crocodile skin inserts
  • Matching inserts to door cards
  • Excellent dashboard
  • Good beige carpets and trim
  • BMW dealer floor mats
  • Original tool kit
  • Chrome finish M-Sport gear knob
  • Electric windows
  • Small cracks to plastic on gear surround
  • Minor wear to driver’s side seat bolster
  • Original BMW Business Radio-cassette
  • Very smart overall presentation
  • Original toolkit


  • Stunning Siena Red
  • Five-spoke factory alloys
  • Undamaged and very well-kept roof 
  • Roof and screens kept under cover at all times
  • Appears solid underneath with no corrosion advisories to MOT history
  • No visible corrosion externally
  • Original dealer number plates
  • New Landsail tyres all round


  • 1.9-litre four-cylinder
  • 136bhp
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Reported to drive very well with no declared faults
  • No warning lights on dash
  • Recently serviced
  • Extensive engine refurbishment in 2019 with new cylinder head
  • New water pump in 2021
  • Well-maintained by current owner


Good Z3s are getting fewer and further between, which makes an example as good as this one well worth seeking out. It is really well-presented, in one of the best colours for a Z3 and the interior is something else. 

Being the 1.9i, it should also prove relatively inexpensive to insure for younger enthusiasts. It’s a great modern classic and a wise investment opportunity. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2001
  • Make BMW
  • Model Z3 1.9i
  • Colour Siena Red
  • Odometer 63,382 Miles
  • Engine size 1895
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bradford
  • Location Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
45 bids
  • ri•••• £4,400 02/02/23
  • ma•••• £4,300 02/02/23
  • ri•••• £4,200 02/02/23
  • ri•••• £4,100 02/02/23
  • jo•••• £4,000 02/02/23
  • jo•••• £3,900 02/02/23
  • ri•••• £3,800 02/02/23
  • jo•••• £3,700 02/02/23
  • ri•••• £3,600 02/02/23
  • jo•••• £3,500 02/02/23

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