Auction of Steve Jobs’ 2000 BMW Z8

Sothebys:

While not known to be a car enthusiast per se, Steve Jobs did have a penchant for German automobiles and design, owning BMW motorcycles, as well as Mercedes-Benz SLs. 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, reflective of Steve’s own products and psyche.

The car comes with a plethora of important accessories, including its proper hardtop and hardtop stand, car cover, owner’s and service manuals, service records, two keys, navigation CDs, and – most significantly, its original BMW-branded Motorola flip-phone. Interestingly enough, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Jobs was known to have hated the Motorola phone.

Personally, I’d rather have Jobs’ BMW motorcycle.



  • totalitat

    It comes with its own handicap sticker.

  • DanielSw

    Interesting how material things quickly fade into the past—like old Macs. Great for their times, but quickly replaced by better versions.

    I’ve admired BMWs since the early ’70s and their 2002 model. Classic little car. I liked the Z3 and the Z4, the 3,4,5,6, and 7 series, the X3, X5, X6.

    But now our sights are set on Tesla and the Model 3 or X, and maybe their new Roadster.

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    • GlennC777

      Personally, I don’t like new cars. I bought one last year as an experiment. Can’t see out, electronics always get in the way, stupid start-button is an electronic gimmick that takes extra time and is ambiguous in its operation and makes for an extra troubleshooting step if the car ever fails to start, and on and on.

      I also have an E30 325i with about 360k on it; more than half of those miles done by me. My son has been driving it the past year or so. If you modernized that car it would be far more engaging and enjoyable to drive than any of today’s million-horsepower bank vaults on wheels.

  • Gabriel

    Interesting how material things quickly fade into the past—like old Macs. Great for their times, but quickly replaced by better versions.I’ve admired BMWs since the early ’70s and their 2002 model. Classic little car. I liked the Z3 and the Z4, the 3,4,5,6, and 7 series, the X3, X5, X6.But now our sights are set on Tesla and the Model 3 or X, and maybe their new Roadster.