BMW Z8 Owned by Steve Jobs Estimated to Fetch Up to $400,000 at Auction Next Month

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A luxurious, 400 horsepower BMW Z8 owned by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is headed to auction next month at Sotheby's in New York. The winning bid is estimated to reach between $300,000 and $400,000.


    Jobs' ownership is documented through several service invoices accompanying the car, as well as a copy of a California registration or so-called "pink slip" in his name and at his personal residence, according to the listing.

    "According to legend, Jobs was convinced to buy the Z8 by Larry Ellison the iconoclastic CEO of Oracle, who enthused to Jobs that the car was a paragon of modern automotive engineering and ergonomics," the listing says.


    The roadster has a production date of April 1, 2000, and it was delivered to him in October of that year, according to Sotheby's. Jobs reportedly sold the car in 2003 to its current owner in Los Angeles.

    Over the course of the last 17 years, the car has been driven just 15,200 miles from new, averaging less than 1,000 miles a year, the listing states. It is said to remain in "exemplary condition."

    The silver-over-black car is equipped with several accessories, including its original BMW-branded Motorola flip phone that Jobs supposedly hated. The JOBS Z8 license plate was registered by the current owner.


    BMW built just over 5,700 Z8s between 1999 and 2003. The car had a suggested price of $128,000 before options in the United States, and used models typically sell for anywhere between $165,000 and over $200,000.

    The auction begins December 6 at Sotheby's "Icons" event, featuring supercars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Jaguar, and other marques. The listing was brought to our attention by

    (Thanks, Chris!)

    Article Link: BMW Z8 Owned by Steve Jobs Estimated to Fetch Up to $400,000 at Auction Next Month
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Can you imagine driving around in a Car driven and owned by Steve Jobs? What a story piece that would be.
  3. NBAasDOGG macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2017
    I have always wondered why Americans drive European cars... :)
  4. unibility macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2012
    I use to own a Motorola StarTac. Those were AWESOME!!!
  5. Naaaaak macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2010
    Needs to continue the tradition of parking in handicapped spaces.
  6. praetorian909 macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2004
    I'd rather see the money go to charities under Steve Job's wife than to "the guy who just happened to buy Steve's car."
  7. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
  8. Joe Rossignol, Oct 29, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017

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    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    Probably the same reason Europeans use the American-designed iPhone.
  9. tooloud10 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2012
    Honestly, I can...I just don't see that it would feel any different than driving any other Z8.
  10. gugy, Oct 29, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017

    gugy macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    I see no reason to pay that amount of money when Z8's go around for much less than that (Autotrader similar mileage/year for $230k). People just are gullible.
  11. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I remember carrying around a Motorola Startac phone also. That was an expensive and very sought after piece of technology back then.
  12. Sill macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2014
    The article accompanying the auction listing is actually a very nice reminiscence of Steve. I hope that a true fan of both he and the Z8 are able to buy that car and take good care of it.
  13. Poncho macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2007
  14. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Probably for the same reason some Europeans used to love driving the big old gas-guzzling 50s and 60s American cars, at least those who could afford to buy and drive them. People like to set themselves apart from the crowd.
  15. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    I have always wondered why Europeans love Levis jeans... At least the ones I know.

    Wait a minute... Don't European car makers build many of their cars here?

    Vehicle U.S. April 2017 YTD Sales U.S. April 2017 YTD Production
    Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Vance, Alabama 27,098 28,455
    Volkswagen Passat – Chattanooga, Tennessee 24,415 25,578
    Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class – Vance, Alabama 17,374 59,322
    BMW X3 – Spartanburg, South Carolina 16,773 50,997
    BMW X5 – Spartanburg, South Carolina 15,472 56,290
    Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class – Vance, Alabama 10,006 18,876
    BMW X6 – Spartanburg, South Carolina 2,089 13,151
    BMW X4 – Spartanburg, South Carolina 1,179 16,979
    Volkswagen Atlas – Chattanooga, Tennessee — 11,871
    Total 114,406 281,519
  16. Sill macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2014
    Remember that? When a cell phone was judged by how tiny it was? The StarTac made my Nokia 6061 look like a brick phone. Now, the iPhones and various Android slabs make the StarTac look like a 25 cent prize from a claw game in a Shoney's lobby.
  17. deanthedev Suspended


    Sep 29, 2017
    A friend of mine has a Z8. The tailights quit working and were ridiculously expensive (somewhere around $2,500 each).

    They are actually neon tubes as opposed to incandescent bulbs or LEDs. So I carefully cut them open and repaired them (simple fix of a bad solder joint) and saved him a ton.

    They are nice cars and handle good, but not very impressive compared to new cars today (like most classics are).
  18. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
    Steve Jobs wouldn't have used a license plate.
  19. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    It’s a beautiful car. It wouldn’t last fifteen minutes around my area, sadly.
  20. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    Those original StarTacs are expensive. They came out when I was in college and I remember one coworker who bought it. He loved showing it off. Lol, it was quite a few years before I bought a cell phone I would actually remember to use (iPhone 8GB).
  21. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    I thought he leased a car every 30 days so he didn't have to have a license plate?
    Must be someone else.
  22. EdT macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    I don't particularly like sports cars in general and the fact that this one was owned by Jobs doesn't add any value for me. Not that I could afford to buy something like this anyway.
  23. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
  24. Foggydog macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2014
    Left Coast
    You brought up a good point.
    If I remember correctly, I read an article that Steve Jobs never licensed his cars because California has a law that cars can go six months before needing to be licensed. Because of that, he traded his in every six months.

    Am I correct?

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