About a month ago, I wrote up a 2002 M20 Turbo built by a company called Manofied. Well, the Manofied folks have been at it again, this time with a 535i. They’ve fully built the car in the style of the Alpina B9, replete with plenty of Alpina parts, some Euro bits, and what appears to be a fantastic individual throttle body engine. The downside? As with the 2002, the price for this build is quite high for a non-original car. But before you jump to conclusions, take a look:
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I’ve never been one to get excited over Alpina-kissed BMWs made in the lat 10 years. But starting with the E36 and going back to all previous generations, the factory hot-rods (either performance-wise or strictly visually-speaking) were some of my favorite of the in-house tuner variety. The chunky wheels, air dams, spoilers, and of course, the classic Alpina steering wheel all make these cars just a bit more special to me than their counterparts from AMG. I’m not sure if it’s because of my obvious brand loyalty or if there really is something unique in the Alpina formula that makes me look past what are essentially stick-on body graphics and a modest bump in power, but it’s safe to say I would love to own one of these someday. Heck, I would love to own just the seats out of an Alpina E30…
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 BMW Alpina C1 2.3 from 4Star Classics
The E21 might have been the first BMW badged as a 3 series, but it is one of those rare instances where its successor became wildly more popular than the original. But, given that E30 prices are on the move, perhaps the E21 will become the new affordable BMW classic. This particular 320 is an early one, as production commenced in 1975. The E21 wasn’t the most visible BMW in motorsport, but it did make appearances in both the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DTM) and Group 5 racing, where it would succeed the 3.0CSL. The E21 was also active in IMSA, and this particular 1975 320 was the first of its kind to win a race in that series.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Miller & Norburn Alpina IMSA RS 320 on BMWCCA Classifieds
One of the best ways to get into a classic race car is to buy a fully built replica. While everyone really wants the real deal, no one wants to step up to pay the bills; and even if you did, would you really have the serious coin necessary to race a near priceless original race car to the max? While undertaking one of these race replica projects can be entertaining to say the least, more often than not the best way to get into one of these cars is to buy one that’s done. Today’s CSL replica is no stranger to the interweb faithful; it’s been featured on sites such as Bring A Trailer multiple times, and it’s up for sale again. In one of the most recognizable liveries run on German cars from the 1970s, sit back and soak up this awesome visual feast:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 BMW CSL on eBay
As Paul noted nearly a year ago with his post on a 2002 Touring, they’re quite rare to see in the United States with very few imported and kept running. However, while perusing Ebay.de looking for cars for our “Party Like It’s 1989 Week”, I came across a very cool 2002 Touring that has been given the Turbo look and is ready for completion. With a host of upgrades and fresher bodywork and paint, this may be a worthwhile project for the right person to import even if it’s been legal to do so for nearly two decades! There isn’t much time to jump on this auction but it was simply too cool to pass up!