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Steve Jobs' BMW Z8 is going up for auction

By John Law & Kenny Yeo - on 31 Oct 2017, 10:15am

Steve Jobs' BMW Z8 is going up for auction

Image source: Sotheby's.

Steve Jobs is perhaps most famously known to drive a Mercedes SL55 AMG with no number plates, but did you know he once owned a BMW Z8?

The story goes that he was convinced to purchase a Z8 by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who told him that the car was the 'paragon of modern automotive engineering and ergonomics' and that it reflected Jobs' "products and psyche".

That very BMW Z8 is now up for auction as part of Sotheby's and will go under the hammer on December 6, 2017 as part of its "New York - Icons" event.

This particular Z8 looks to be in good shape even though it is on its fourth owner. Jobs sold the car in 2003.

Despite, being 17 years old, it looks to be in good shape. It has only done 15,200 miles (24,462 km) and has been regularly serviced.

Image source: Sotheby's.

Included as part of the sale is the BMW-branded Motorola flip phone that came with the car. Jobs allegedly hated the phone so it might have provided the impetus for him to come up with the iPhone.

The BMW Z8 itself is a pretty exotic car. It is estimated that less than 6,000 were ever built. And even today, it remains a sprightly machine thanks to its 4.9-liter V8, which puts out 400hp. It could get from 0 to 100km/h in around 4.5 seconds.

Image source: Sotheby's.

It was designed by noted designer Henrik Fisker and it was even featured as a Bond car in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.

Brand new, a BMW Z8 would set you back around US$128,000 (~RM541,760). This particular example, however, because of its history, has an estimate of around US$300,000 to US$400,000 (~RM1.26 million to RM1.69 million).

Source: Jalopnik.