The last BMW Z3 roadster was produced on Friday at BMW Manufacturing’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant, marking the first model changeover for the 10-year-old factory.

The six-cylinder engine, Sepia Metallic roadster with Arizona Sun leather interior rolled off the production line at 12:34 pm but will remain at the plant as a display in the Zentrum museum and visitors centre.

Production of the next generation Z4 roadster will begin in the autumn.

The first Z3 rolled off the line on September 20, 1995 and during its seven-year model life, 297,087 were built and distributed to more than 130 countries. Z3s were only built at the South Carolina factory.

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