In 1997 the Z07 concept car was designed by Henrik Fisker in BMW DesignworksUSA (in Southern California). The Z8 was the serial version of the Z07. Designed as the heritage exercise to 1956 BMW 507
, the Z07 made a sensation on 1997 Tokyo Auto Show, provoking BMW to produce limited series of Z8.
There were some interesting innovations in Z8, like use of neon exterior lighting, that offer quicker activation than standard lightbulbs; power windows and mirrors were controlled by a single multifunction instrument.
There were 5,703 Z8s built, and half of which were exported to United States market.