A mint condition BMW Z1 manufactured in 1990 will be auctioned later this month in United Kingdom.

A mint condition BMW Z1 manufactured in 1990 will be auctioned later this month in United Kingdom.

BMW produced only 8,000 units of the Z1 between March 1989 and June 1991, a car which most of you remember because of its rather cool electrically-operated doors that hide in the door sills when opened after pressing a button. It was the precursor of future Z ("zukunft"  is German for "future") models such as the Z3, Z4 and Z8 and came with plastic body panels which could be completely removed from the chassis.

This red example has covered only 197 km (122 miles) and was never registered by its original owner from Sweden who bought it in 1990 and kept it in his private collection until last year when the vehicle was imported in UK.

Power comes from a straight-six 2.5-liter engine producing 170 bhp (127 kW) and 222 Nm (164 lb-ft) sent to the rear axle through a five-speed manual gearbox. Back in the day it completed the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 9 seconds before topping out at 137 mph (220 km/h).

This 1990 BMW Z1 is expected to fetch anywhere between 50,000 and 60,000 GBP.

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Virtually unused 1990 BMW Z1 to be auctioned