Alpina has always struck me as one of the most thorough tuners in the world. Their research and development of engines, suspension and exhaust is second only to perhaps Ruf and AMG, thanks largely to their close associations with the factory. Inside the fit and finish of the cars is perhaps even better than they came originally; beautiful details that make the cars stand apart. And visually Alpinas have always been the best looking BMWs out there in my opinion; subtle aerodynamic tweaks, beautiful wheels and striking but tasteful “go faster” stripes that distinguish Munich’s best. But even amongst Alpinas there are special models, and the E34 B10 BiTurbo is one of them. Alpina took a normal 535i and made it’s own interpretation of what the M5 could be; instead of a high-revving twin cam S38, you got two turbochargers with enough torque to embarrass those boys from Affalterbach. Alpina achieved this through a full custom build; Mahle pistons, custom oil sprayers to cool the them, stronger connecting rods, sodium-filled valves and bespoke intake and exhaust systems – but then, Alpina’s never been shy about producing it’s own items. While all Alpinas are rare, the B10 BiTurbo was fairly popular; of the 1600-odd E34s Alpina built, a full 507 of them were B10s. There are quite a few kicking around Canada, but not many are in the U.S., making this 1993 example quite rare:
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Here is a beautiful 1993 928 GTS. As you know, mint GTS’s fetch a pretty penny on the rare occasion that they come up for sale. In fact, I’d say that this is certainly the most pristine example to come up for sale publicly this year in the United States (that Midnight Blue ’95 5-speed in Germany that we featured about a month ago would be the nicest worldwide).
This particular example comes with a somewhat monochrome color combination of Polar Silver Metallic over Classic Grey leather. Breaking up the monotony is the eye catching red piping and rootwood shift lever, which were extremely rare options on GTS’s. Additional rare options featured on this GTS include Porsche crests in the headrests and a leather shift boot. It’s hard to tell if the luggage cover is also leather.
A quick search on the 928 Registry indicates that this car was last for sale at Gaudin Porsche in Las Vegas in 2002 when it had around 16K miles. According to the Carfax, it has lived in Florida, Nevada, and has been in Pennsylvania since the 2002 sale. I spoke to a very nice salesman at Marshall Goldman who informed me that the asking price is $89,900. Although that price does set (I believe) a new ceiling for automatic 1993 GTS’s, I’d say that this car is certainly worthy of it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 928GTS at Marshall Goldman
The 1993 Audi S4 we listed last month has been updated slightly; original orange corner lights have replaced the aftermarket clear corners and the seller has dropped the price to $5,500.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Audi S4 on Craigslist.org
The below post originally appeared on our site April 10, 2015:
Featured on eBay this week is this beautiful 1993 Porsche 928 GTS. We’ve seen this car before, as Paul featured it last October. As you probably know, the 928 GTS has seen steady value increases over the past few years, with 5-speeds commanding sizeable premiums. In addition to being a rare 5-speed GTS, this car is the only GTS in the United States painted in Wimbledon Green. The color is quite attractive on this GTS, which sports a clean rubstrip delete body. The Wimbledon Green exterior is paired with an equally unique Olive Green leather interior complete with Matador Red piping on the seats and floor mats. According to the 928 Registry, this is one of 47 5-speeds made for the U.S. market in 1993, and had an original sticker price of over $100,000.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Porsche 928GTS on eBay
Outside of the AMG tuned model, it’s no longer possible for US customers to spec an E-class sedan with a V8 engine. I was surprised to come across this fact the last time I logged on to Mercedes’ USA website. This might seem rather alarming, however, manufacturers have advanced technology to the point where V6 engines, some with the benefit of turbocharging, can produce V8 levels of power with greater economy. Over 20 years ago, the E-class was graced with its first eight-cylinder powerplant, in the form of the M119, a twin-cam, 32-valve V8. Thus, the 400E was born. While the W124 would bow out of the lineup in 1995, the V8 gave this sedan a shot in the arm it needed to compete with newfound competition from the Asian manufacturers. Unlike the Porsche built, performance minded 500E, it’s rather hard to find a 400E in good shape these days. However, this 400E for sale in Michigan looks sharp with larger 16″ wheels in the stock pattern with its lower body cladding painted to match.