- A walk on the alleys
- Not short of history
- Present in the past
1. A walk on the alleys
Bucharest is a city with a particular vibe, no doubt about it. From its culture, to the night-life, to the architecture, to the cars, everything is a blend of East/West styling and trends. We usually tend to shoot in unique and interesting places, so for this specific feature, we chose one of the oldest and most captivating neighborhoods in the capital. The late autumn weather helped a lot, too.
Cotroceni is not only a collection of old alleys with impressive villas and lots of green patches and gardens, but rather a historical statement of various architectural styles, an array of classic buildings and unique cafes, each one bearing a story of its own. I strongly suggest you give it a go, if you’re ever in town. Everything in this area is in good taste and you’ll most likely come back again.
We usually walk on these alleys, whether we’re out for carspotting or just for a nice lunch, so when we decided upon this location, I can’t say it wasn’t a subjective decision. However, the blend between a cool car, the quiet streets and the cozy autumn scenery made it all worthwhile.
2. Not short of history
The BMW Z3 was a cult car, there's no doubting it. In its glory days, it created a huge hype around itself, with its bold design (actually created by a Japanese), with the James Bond appearance (it is one of the only 3 BMW models to appear in the movie series) and with its break-the-rules attitude. A strong presence on the roads and at auto shows, the little euro-roadster was, is, and always will be a fun, stylish and daring car.
In all its production years, from 1995 to 2002, the Z3 managed to win lots of prizes (Sportscar of the year, Most desired convertible, Best design, and many others). The M Coupe model remains an automotive icon to this day and mint condition Z3s are eye-candy to all those who are passionate about old-school 90s European models.
Other fun-facts about the Z3 include the fact that it’s based on the E36 platform and that it uses, for the rear arm suspension, a design featured on the E30 models. Also, this was the first BMW model to be manufactured outside of Germany (it was produced in Greer, South Carolina, USA).
3. Present in the past
The featured model we came across was produced in 1997 (the current owner bought it in 2017), featuring a stock 1.8i engine. The modifications that came with time include BBS RC 17" 8J wheels with custom paint, sitting on Toyo Proxes tires, a custom air ride suspension, entirely handmade by the owner (including the management), and a fully custom inox sport exhaust, for those powerful notes that disrupted the quiet autumn day when the little roadster got nervous.
It’s always a pleasure to do a feature with and about old models that get a personal touch from their owners, and this Z3 was a special little roadster that I’m sure brought back nice memories to all of us who grew up with this model on our bedroom walls or on our PC screensaver. Searching for cool places and even cooler cars has its perks, and meeting one of your teen icons is easily the best of them.
Written by Mihai Dumitrescu / Instagram
Photographed by Anna Dumitrescu / Instagram