Steve Jobs’ 2000 BMW Z8 is More Apple Than Lemon
Forget the iPhone X, purchase another machine linked to visionary Apple founder, Steve Jobs: his 2000 BMW Z8.
RM Sotheby’s is auctioning off the Z8 later this year, on December 6th. Offered without reservations, the bidding for this beautiful beast will start at $300,000 and only go up from there. Purchased by Steve Jobs, fresh off the lot in 2000, he owned it until 2003, when he sold it to the current owner, who lives in Los Angeles, California.
Rather than leaving the vehicle dormant, the current owner has driven it recreationally over the past 14 years and has accumulated 15,200 miles on it, less than 1000 per year since production.
While Steve Jobs was never known to be a car-guy or enthusiast, he did seem to have a propensity to buy German-engineered vehicles. His collection ranged from motorcycles, to Mercedes, to this BMW. Through the grapevine, we’ve heard that Jobs was tempted to by the Z8 by peer and fellow technical genius, Larry Ellison. Ellison persuaded Jobs that the Z8 was akin to the flawlessly designed products Apple brought into the world, and was indicative of Jobs’ spirit itself.
Like Jobs’ technologies, the Z8 comes loaded with a multitude of functions and features, including; a proper hardtop, car cover, multiple keys, navigation CDs, and its original BMW-branded Motorola flip-phone. If I had to go out on a limb, I’d say that Steve Jobs didn’t use that phone very often. Additionally, the vehicle comes with the owner and service manuals, and service records.