The BMW Z-Series line of vehicle models are traditionally meant to feature that old school roadster look. The first edition of the Z-Series began with the manufacturing of the Z1, which was a two-seat roadster that featured doors that dropped down into the door sills. Only around 8,000 of these initial models were produced and all except one of the Z1s were produced with left-hand drive. The BMW Z-range has been produced in four varying series that span across five generations and include coupe variants, a super car and one conceptual model.
The BMW Z-series was introduced to the world as the vehicle driven by the coolest man that never lived: James Bond. Debuting the Z-series in Goldeneye, which not only reignited the Bond Franchise, was a brilliant marketing move on the part of BMW. Unlike the Aston Martin's of the latest bond era, the Z3 roadster was relatively affordable which caused the Z3's to fly off the lot. Although, it wasn't much in the way of mind blowing performance and horsepower like the next Z-series installment, the Z8, being a couple hundred grand less it was a car that was made to sell. BMW has kept the Z-series alive and well with it's current Z4 model, with three to choose for 2011.