We are super proud of our visual images, these are made together with our good friend and skilled photographer Thomas C K Priskorn, which we have cooperated with for 2 years now. Thomas is super passionate about his work - but also about his car.
The car which according to many car magazines, is a coming classic - the BMW Z3 coupe. We were curios about Thomas passion for this car and asked him a few questions.
What is it about the coupe that made you fall in love with it?
It was love at first sight. And usually real love is hard to describe. But it's probably something to do with the barstard status in the BMW family - I tend to get drawn towards the more unpopular things in life. Only a few thousand (3853 pcs world wide) of my Z3 3.0i coupe was produced making it quite a rare car now, since a lot of them was used as racecars and has died as such. Anyway I love the shooting brake shape with the superlong hood - to me it's beautiful. The Z in Z3 stands for Zukunft which means future in German and I guess the shape was a little ahead of it's time. Now it gets quite a lot of compliments regarding the design wherever I take it.
The coupe is by many listed as a car which you either hate or love, why is this?
Again it's not a pretty car in any common sense. Especially at the year of launch in 1998 it was considered quite odd. The coupe is the work of BMW engineers and not the design team. The engineers headed by Dr Burkhard Göschel wanted to create a more rigid sports car than the Z3 roadster (designed by Toyko born Joji Nagashima) and they created this new tail that made the car 2,7 times stiffer than the roadster giving it much a better driving experience. I believe most people like something different than the norm but not too different - I guess the Z3 Coupe is in the too different category by a small margin.
How did you get your hands on the car?
I still have the original coupe brochure at home. So in a way the hunt for the car began back in the late 90s. After I had my first daughter, Eline, in 2012 it really took of and I began looking at cars mostly in Germany. After two years searching I found the one I wanted. A guy in Dresden Germany had bought it at an auction in Japan but to my luck he didn't want to keep it. It had been a one owner car living 12 years just outside Tokyo. There was no rust and really low mileage - it was actually like buying a new car. It looked like it had never been driven in the rain - the engine bay was flawless. At the day of picking it up in Dresden I came to think about the Fukushima nuclear accident and that many cars had been tested radioactive. So my girlfriend and I stopped by a shop and bought a Geiger counter. It turned out the car was ok and only slightly radioactive so we brought it to Denmark. A this moment it's one of only three 3.0i coupes in the country.
How is the driving experience?
When you're sitting in the drivers seat you can put your arm out of the window and reach the left back tire. You are actually sitting right on top of the rear axle and this gives you a super special feeling when driving on twisty roads. Only a very limited number of car gives you this kind of handling - Porsche Cayman and the MX-5 are similar 50/50 weight distributed cars with drivers seats mounted far back. I've driven the Z3 coupe in the Swiss Alps and I can't imagine a better driving experience for the kind of money you can buy a coupe for. It's a very analogue car with early 90s technology so you get a lot of precise feedback from the steering and the wheels. Much recommended.
There are similarities to the classics as volvo 1800es or tvr 3000, do you have a relation to these cars as well?
I like almost all shooting brake designs and growing up I still remember the Volvo 1800es driving in the streets of my hometown. But the Volvo is not exactly a drivers car so I never considered getting one. Newer cars sadly only give you a robotic feedback. To me the golden age for cars was from 1995 to 2005. I don't know the TVR 3000 but I was attracted to the TVR Tuscan when I first saw it. But the only love that lasted was for the BMW.
Do you have other dream cars which you would love to buy?
If money was no object I would go for a Rolls Royce Wraith - my girlfriend and I got to sit in a Rolls Royce Ghost in the Hamburg dealership this summer and It's truly an amazing car. I didn't care much for the Bugatti Veyron but the new Chiron is really special. But my dream car would have to be a Koenigsegg. I've had the pleasure of meeting Christian von Koenigsegg in person when I was at the factory in Ängelholm, Sweden. I was there for a magazine assignment and it was years ago when the CCX was being build. And his inspiration for building a supercar comes from the Norwegian stop-motion film "Bjergkøbing Grand Prix" (in Danish) which was one of my favourite films as a kid and I still have the illustrated book with pictures from the film. More gettable cars would be the Porsche 993 og 997 (of course) and the new VW Passat which me and my girlfriend are getting this October to transport our two daughters.
Bonus info - Thomas is a major Journal fan, now stacking around 40 pairs of our Taper Theo pant in his closet.
TO SEE SOME OF THOMAS WORK - CHECK OUT OUR LATEST CAMPAIGN "GRAVITY" MADE TOGETHER WITH PHOTGRAPHER - THOMAS C K PRISKORN & MODEL- DANIEL/UNIQUE MODELS
OR CHECK OUT HIS PAGE http://priskorn.com