What happens when you take a BMW tuner that turns all BMWs into shark-nosed road monsters and unleash it upon the sharkiest of all BMWs?
Obviously based on the E24, Alpina applies their usual chunky front and rear spoilers, tron-graphics, and infinitely-spoked wheels to create the B9 3.5 Coupe. A subtle but vast improvement on the NA 635CSi is the Euro bumpers. All this combines for one mean looking package with some beef behind it, as the Alpina came with an improved 3.5L I6 pushing out 245hp, a healthy boost over the 635’s 215hp. That power is nice, but really, you’re buying this car for the looks. This example is in North Wales, GB and is far from perfect, but it’s only covered 56k miles and could be made great.
There are some things wrong with this car. Some cracks here and there, notably the front splitter and the dash. It’s in Wales, and though they offer a shipping option, you will may run into some federalization issues. The biggest turn off for me about this car though is the chunky automatic gear selector in the middle.
Acknowledging those shortcomings, there’s a lot of awesomeness going on here, almost entirely in the looks department. Holy cow. Those lines, the spoilers, and the wheels that really tie the room together. Notice how when the center caps are gone, it’s a totally different look? Yeah, those wheels are the hotness. Anyways. It’s been posted before and it’s stuck at $4k on eBay now, so something in the “cons” section is keeping people away. For me, it’s worth a chunk of money just to look at.
Aaron also came across this car and adds these thoughts.
1985 BMW 6-Series Alpina B9 for Sale
May 19, 2010 by Aaron
If you did not see my rant last week, I was going on and on (and on) about the rarity of real Alpina’s in the states.…
If ever the Bangle-butted BMW 7-series looked good, it’s in the guise of the Alpina B7. Though Alpina makes awesome versions of almost every BMW across the pond, in recent years we New Worlders have only been granted the regrettable Alpina Roadster (seriously, what tuner makes a car WORSE?), and the monster B7. Based on the 745i, Alpina took the 7 to a whole new level by adding a supercharger, new suspension and electronics mapping, a body kit emphasizing Alpina’s long, low and mean style, and the absolutely fantastic 20-spoke, 21-inch wheels. All reviews declare it a complete brute in the best of ways; a large luxury sedan capable of devouring highway miles, carving corners, and scaring children.
I saw a nice one on the local Craigslist so I thought I’d shop what eBay had to offer. Surprisingly, there’s a ton of these rare beasts out there, but this clean B7 with 52k miles caught my eye with a shockingly-cheap Buy-it-Now of $46k.
I’ve always dug the B7. Helping a friend’s mom shop for her new car, it came down to this or the Maserati Quattroporte. She went Italian, but I like the brutality of the B7. It’s even better in the blue, but that audacious body kit is a rare look in the US, and the 500hp, 516 lb-ft supercharged 4.6l V8 is the stuff of legends. If you’re in the market for a big, fast luxury sedan, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this at 1/3 of it’s original price. Hell, you could hock the wheels for at least $10k, but you wouldn’t want to do that… they’re nearly the best part.
If you have the means, I highly recommend picking [this] one up.
Alpina’s are rare cars, this one, according to the Alpina register, is 1 of 27 wagon B8s produced in the late 1990s. Around 250 of the B8s were produced in all forms form. The Alpina register has a PDF copy of the whole parts catalog for the B8 so you can see what you are getting.
With 333 horsepower from a custom crafted Alpina 4.6 liter V8 stuffed under the hood of a 3 series, matched to a six speed manual, these have to be fun cars. The touring just adds to the unique and wow factor. Subtle changes like the standard Alpina look wheels and badging are all that give the car away. That is, of course, besides the throaty V8 burble coming from the tailpipes.
I love the fact that one of the previous owners of this particular car has badged it as a 316i. Just image the look of an unsuspecting Mustang owner on the highway as an apparent 4 cylinder station wagon disappears into the horizon.
This particular vehicle looks like it has been enjoyed year round, it has 84,000 miles, sports winter tires. and you can see snow on it in the pictures. Its good to see that the car is being enjoyed.
The owner says the car is on its way over from Bremerhafen Germany. The price is $34,000 or $40,000 if you want the current owner to take care of getting the car registered since it will come in as a grey market vehicle.
Here is one of the more affordable stateside, early Alpina’s we’ve featured. A BMW e21 platform Alpina B6! This one has a 3.5L big six swapped in, but comes with the matching numbers Alpina engine as well.
Check it out on Atlanta Craigslist for $9000:
quote from the seller’s Craigslist post:
Alpina B6, all the right sounds – 3.5big six, close ratio 5 speed, 3.91 limited slip gear. Not fast but quick! Numbers matching Alpina motor comes with the car. Daily driver but has not seen rain in at least 10 years. 3 small spotrust spots (very small!). Alpina vin 6549828 Alpina B6 #89. Rare and fun!
According to the entry on the Unofficial Alpina Pages, the B6 had a massaged 2.8L originally that produced the same horsepower as the motor that now sits in this car. While it’s probably a touch heavier, it’s a period correct alternative that makes sense, and the added torque probably more than makes up for the weight.
Seems like a cool and easily attainable entry into genuine Alpina ownership!
Check out this gorgeous and original Alpina B9 For Sale on eBayMotors:
quote from seller’s eBay listing:
1 Previous owner, Original engine, head, exhaust, suspension, interior and almost rust free!
This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a piece of BMW Alpina automotive history. The Alpina B9 was not simply a car with tuner add ons but a vehicle remanufactured by Alpina. Alpina started with the basic BMW 528 model and installed a modified 3.5 M30 engine producing 245hp. Also added were Alpina tuned springs and struts, 16″ Alpina rims, free flow Alpina exhaust with headers, sport shell seats with Alpina logo fabric, front and rear spoilers, and finally a Alpina decale kit. The cars were then numbered and sold directly by alpina. This particular example is one of under 600 and is probably only one of a handful that has survived in the past 25 years. It not only surviived it has been well preserved in a garage for 2 decades. I was lucky enough to find it and realized what a opportunity it was especially considering how original and complete it was. It has the original engine and head (will add numbers later), but also the original suspension, interior, spoiler, and even the original Alpina exhaust. The header did not survive, however it was replaced with a very similar quality Hartge example. Amazingly, I was also lucky enough to purchase it from the original owner (who purchased it while in the military in the 80’s) and have retained a copy of the original 1983 title. As it is a Florida car it is almost rust free. It’s floors, rocker panels, suspension points are all very clean (will add pics later).
The $14.5k buy-it-now option seems like a pretty good deal. There are very few real Alpina’s in this country anyway, and this one still has almost all of it’s original details.…
Supposing this turns out to be an actual 1984 BMW Alpina 2.8 B6 for sale, $3500 is a pretty attractive price for a car that could use a cash infusion and be more rare than an e30 M3. Check out this Alpina B6 For Sale on Craigslist:
quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:
THIS IS 1984 ALPINA COUPE WITH
120000 MILES IT IS BEING SOLD
IN AS IS CONDITION.
NEED SOME TLC.
A GOOD RUNNING AND 100% DRIVEABLE CAR.
FOR MORE INFO CONTACT “BIG RON”
Now I’m sure “Big Ron” is a reputable guy and all, but I don’t expect this car to be a real B6 considering it’s condition and thorough listing on Craigslist. But if it is a Euro car, and it looks like it could be, and it has Alpina pieces, it’s probably worth that much in parts anyway. Could actually be a really cool basis for a project car. And heaven forbid it’s a real Alpina… It’s probably the cheapest Alpina for sale in the country.
Check out the unofficial Alpina Archive for more details on the Alpina B6 2.8.
The owner of this fine car contacted me about posting his car for sale, and though I usually focus on cars for sale available in the U.S., I would never say no to an Alpina! Check out his 1999 Alpina B12 for sale on his own micro-site:
quote from seller’s for sale website:
The B12 6.0 E-KAT is the fastest Alpina ever to be based on the BMW E38 7-series and also features the largest and most powerful engine in its history. In order to achieve the healthy 430hp (DIN), the 6.0 litres engine is fitted with light Mahle aluminum pistons, reworked camshafts, intakes and exhaust, BOSCH Motronic M5.2.1 fuel injection and various other features. Torque in this V12 engine rises to 600 Nm, 500 of which are available at only 1700 rpm.
Alpina Switch-TronicThe E-KAT part of the nomenclature represents the exhaust systems with steel catalyst that greatly lowers emissions without having a large impact on performance. All this power is sent to the wheels (wrapped in 245/40ZR20 tyres up front and 275/35ZR20 out back) through the only available gearbox, the Alpina Switch-Tronic unit developed in conjunction with ZF.
The BMW e38 really is a fine platform and I can only imagine what the Alpina version brings to the table. According to the Alpina Archive website entry on the B12, it’ll do a standing quarter mile faster than a Ferrari 355!
Good luck with the sale Simon!
Here is an interesting car, and a damn fine looking one at that! It’s a gray market import that has been converted as an Alpina B9 tribute. It’s on eBay right now for $27k buy-it-now. Check out these beautiful pictures used in the listing:
Excerpt from the eBay listing for this car:
This is a 1982 BMW E28 528i (euro car) built as a tribute to an Alpina B9 3.5. It is not a real Alpina. It is not a clone, as it has not been built to exact standards, using exact parts and processes as Alpina did when they built the real B9 3.5 cars. This car was built using some Alpina parts, some modern parts and some just plain reliable parts…along with a lot of blood, sweat and…money. The car is not perfect. It has imperfections. They will be listed in this essay. This car was in Bimmer Magazine # 56
A gentlemen in Newport Beach by the name of Ron Perry built 95% of this car. He pretty much did all the visual Alpina Tribute stuff that you see today. Ron worked endlessly on the paint finish, installing the Alpina stripe kit, Alpina replica front spoiler and real Alpina rear spoiler. Ron had fabric made to closely match the Alpina pattern and then had the interior recovered in it. Ron installed the Alpina instrument cluster, Alpina leather steering wheel, Alpina wood shift knob and Alpina dead pedal.
Ron then moved to the engine bay. The engine is a euro M30B34 bored and stroked to 3.7L using Venolia pistons. It has been updated to later Motronic running a 059 ECU. I had a custom chip burned to take into account the 3.7L, 284 cam, 19lbs injectors and big headers. The chip never really worked well and I went back to a stock 059 chip.