James Bond is known to drive some great, normally British, vehicles. However, in the mid-90’s Bond for the first time drove a non-British vehicle as his primary spy car, the German BMW Z3.
Not only was the Z3 not made in England, but it wasn’t incredibly fast. The model used for GoldenEye used an in-line four-cylinder engine producing just 138 horsepower. This resulted in a 0-60 mph time of 8.1 seconds. That won’t get you away from too many villains trying to kill you.
When the BMW Z3 first came on the market the starting MSRP was $28,750 for the 1996 model year. These same early cars can now be found in good condition for under $6,000 and some running examples are as low as $2,500.
If you want that James Bond look, but with better performance the Z3 M or 2.8-liter models offer a few more thrills. 2.8-liter well maintained examples in good condition with reasonable mileage can be had for less than $14,000.
For the ultimate roadster driving experience the BMW Z3 M Roadster offers a big leap in performance. Part of this is due to its 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine. There are plenty of good examples available for under $20,000. Raise the budget to $30,000 and you’ll find low mileage examples within reach.
The BMW Z3 is a Bond car available for just about any budget. There are a number of variants available and in general if you have a larger budget faster roadsters (or coupes) come into your budget.
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