A few months’ ago, I got wind of E24 Alpina rotting in a salvage yard in northern New England. Despite trekking across broken roads and through desolate towns, my excitement was tempered by the words, “We crushed that years ago.” Damn near crushed my soul, those words. This 1989 Alpina B10 is a far happier case of preservation and meticulous ownership, right down to the original floor mats and a rear seat that appears unused. Some pundits call it “…one of the best turbocharged engines ever”, and with 360 b.h.p. on tap, there’s plenty of power to go around. Despite a projected cost to develop of $3.2 million (in 1980s dollars), the B10 established the E34 chassis as one of Alpina’s greatest successes in its history, and this car is an impeccable specimen with only 41,000 miles. If you have to own one, it’s hard to go wrong with the one up for grabs at 4Star Classics.
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Time for another parts roundup, and today I’m focusing on some aftermarket and rare parts. There are some really desirable pieces here, and some pretty horrible looks (I’m looking at you, Kamei). What’s your favorite, what would you like on your ride or what would you like to see?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Momo Porsche steering wheel on eBay
One of the nicest tribute cars I’ve seen in some time, the 1988 BMW 535i Alpina B9 tribute that I wrote up in April is back up for sale. It’s not very surprising given the asking price at over $32,000 – but with the M5 market continuing to surge cars like this suddenly seem more reasonable. We’re not at the point where I’d consider this car a great value, but considering the amount of work and the unique look achieved by this model it’s not outrageous.
The below post originally appeared on our site April 15, 2014:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW 535i Alpina Tribute on eBay
The “Batmobile” is a legendary car that helped to both define BMW’s place in global motorsports and to solidy its presence in the sports sedan realm. Sure, they had competed successfully for years in touring car and sports car races, not to mention substantial involvement in motorcycle racing. But the bread and butter of BMW’s 1980s reputation was built on their sporting nature, and that legacy was born in the 1970s touring cars. The CSL was a message to the world, much like the Porsche 911RS was – BMW was a major player, and here to stay. They’ve since built upon that racing legend, but enthusiasts look back upon these models as the ones that spawned the dreams of countless children – the lucky ones of which would go on to buy new BMWs in the 1980s. It’s not often that you see a well presented CSL with racing pedigree come up for sale, but there’s a stunning example available today:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 BMW CSL on racecarsdirect
Do you need a show car? We often write up very clean, fully restored and consequently very expensive examples of cars that are desirable, but there are many more than exist below pristine level. Generally if we post one of these cars there’s a large amount of feedback pointing out the flaws. Yesterday, a few of the GCFSB authors went to a local open house in our old – and flawed – cars. None of them are perfect; all have plenty of character from being driven over the years. They have stories about how they got various battle scars, strange modifications and unorthodox thinking to get around a problem or previous owner’s work. Despite this, driver quality cars have a charm that makes them desirable in their own right. Do I love perfect examples of older cars? Yes, absolutely – they’re awesome to see. But so are well presented drivers: