Berlin photographer David Fischer has a weakness for cars with a difference. The first time he spotted the BMW Z3 Coupe, he instantly knew that it was the only car for him.
- Matthias Haslauer
A BMW Z3 Coupe is one of those cars that divides opinions – and that’s exactly what I like about it. I always had a bit of a soft spot for those non-mainstream cars that not everyone has, knows or even likes. I first noticed the BMW Z3 Coupe three years ago when visiting a distant acquaintance. The first thought that sprang into my head was what a great car it actually is – especially when you approach it at an angle from behind. There came a point when I couldn’t think of any other car that I wanted to drive apart from this one. And once I’ve made up my mind about something, I always follow through with it. That’s exactly what happened with my BMW Z3 Coupe.
“The BMW Z3 Coupe’s six-cylinder engine is a dream. It produces a deep purr and never seems twitchy. Every time I fire it up, the sound is music to my ears.”
At the time, demand for the BMW Z3 Coupe in the market for recent classics was growing steadily. Added to this was the fact that just under 18,000 were built in total, making the BMW Z3 Coupe something of a rarity – which inevitably drove the price up.
I found mine on an online portal. I was initially surprised by the asking price, which seemed to be about $6,000 too low. It only had 37,000 miles on the clock and just one owner – it all sounded too good to be true. A friend of mine who is a mechanic was skeptical, but I asked him to come and take a look at it with me anyway. The car hadn’t been involved in an accident and all the information contained in the ad was correct. The only thing was that the owners didn’t want to haggle, and so they had set a fixed price. They had already sent several potential buyers away who had tried to push the price down further. I took it without a second thought, and I’m confident the owners wanted the car to go to a buyer who would actually drive it and not just resell it right away.
My BMW Z3 Coupe is really fun to drive. Its six-cylinder engine is a dream. It produces a deep purr and never seems twitchy. Its power delivery is fantastic. Every time I fire the engine up, the sound is music to my ears. It’s noticeable, but it doesn’t startle. I was especially surprised by the automatic transmission. Time and time again, I’m astonished by just how sporty it is. The gear changes are virtually seamless, making the car effortless to drive out on the road.
Recently, my girlfriend and I completed the longest journey yet in my BMW Z3 Coupe – about 750 miles to Hungary and the same distance back. We went there to pick up Gekko, our first dog together. He was being held in an animal shelter, and we adopted him to save him from his miserable fate. He was actually meant to be brought to us, but then the shelter’s van broke down. So we decided on the spur of the moment to collect him ourselves in my BMW Z3 Coupe. Unfortunately, Gekko doesn’t seem to share my enthusiasm for the BMW Z3 Coupe. He appeared to be very nervous in the passenger seat, which became really obvious recently when we were sitting in a BMW X5 and he seemed happy as a clam!
Perhaps the reason for his concern is that we often receive visits from friends and family, which means Gekko often has to share the space in the BMW Z3 Coupe with a few other passengers as well. We’ve just been on a short trip with four people – two in the front and two in the back, plus Gekko and another dog. It was a bit of a squeeze, admittedly, but great fun and absolutely no problem for the car.