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 |  Jun 07 2012, 7:31 AM

The BMW Z1 enjoyed a limited production of about 8,000 units from 1989-1991, but was originally built as a concept by BMW Technik GmbH.

This year will mark the 25th anniversary of when the BMW Z1 was first introduced, and to celebrate the mark the BMW Museum will host a special gathering on June 8th. Initially, the German automaker had no plans on producing the Z1 but apparently it was just too good to not be sold. The stylish convertible had some revolutionary innovations in automotive engineering for its time including a monocoque chassis, electronically-retracting doors, and a plastic body. Even more impressive was the fact that the body could be changed in an hour with nothing more than a screwdriver.

It was powered by a 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine with 168-hp, mated to a five-speed transmission.