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.…
What’s not to love about this car? Especially for $4k!
I spied this 1976 BMW 2002 For Sale on Tacoma Craigslist:
quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:
Perfect BMW 2002 project, Built motor w/ Dual 40 Webers, 5 speed conversion, LSD, racing springs, urethane bushings, Recaro’s, Momo, real Alpina wheel
-Built motor with Dual 40 Webers
-5 speed conversion
-Limited Slip Diff installed
-320is radiator installed
-Bavarian Motorsport springs
-Most bushings replaced with urethane
-Drilled brake rotors
-Vintage 380mm MOMO steering wheel w/ BMW horn
-Vintage staggered Alpina rims, 13×6.5 & 13×6 very rare
-All signals, electrical and heater work
For the asking price, and the pile of rare parts that come with it, this could be a great little driver, a potential fixer-upper, or maybe even a weekend racer project. In any case, it’ll be a load of fun!
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.
For one, they’re a rare sight in the U.S. because of their gray market status. Second, because during this time period, Alpina still built performance cars for gentleman rather than the luxo, high dollar fashion pieces they produce today. As my friend Pat might say, I wouldn’t kick her out of bed, but today’s Alpina’s are really built with a different philosophy than the e30 featured here.
And look at it. That’s a hot looking modern classic car!
1985 Alpina B6 2.8 For Sale on Craigslist in Atlanta:
quote from Craigslist ad:
Exterior Color: Silver
Interior Color: Gray
Stock Number: 200351A
Transmission: 6 Speed
Features: #35 of 259 Made
But the plot thickens. If your initial reaction was, “an e30 Alpina for $14k?”, your reaction was pretty similar to mine. There’s a brief thread on S14.net about this Alpina on their message board where a previous owner comes forward with some history. Amongst his account is a picture from his ownership and the paint and cosmetics leave something to be desired – to say the least.
Now I need to state that I haven’t followed up with the owner, but if the car hasn’t been repainted or touched up, it needs it. It’s an Alpina for God’s sake! But if it’s seen refinishing since, $14k could be a pretty good deal in the face of today’s e30 M3 values and what has to be a rising collector car value for such a rare sighting: any classic Alpina for sale in the U.S.
Read more about the BMW e30 Alpina B6 at the Unofficial Alpina Pages hosted by M5Board.