Theme Week: 2013 Alpina B7 XDrive for sale

I see a lot of executive saloons around here and wonder about the decision making process leading up to such a purchase. Why, exactly, did that grandma want the S600? Was it simply that it was the most expensive, or does she secretly love twin-turbo V12s? Does the S65 really make that guy feel bigger than the guy in the S63? These are questions that may never be answered, but I do know that the guy in the Alpina B7 was more than happy to talk to me about it at several stoplights. He had recently taken it to Dinan’s headquarters just south of here, and after some Dinan love they went for an ill-advised 180-mph blast in 25mph zone. If I were a 1-percenter looking for the ultimate big sedan, Alpina is where I’d look too. They combine the right amount of styling improvements and curb-stomping power to differentiate without losing class.

2013 Alpina B7 XDrive for sale on eBay


You can check out the listing if you need to see the litany of luxo-tech options checked, but after a previous life of BMW Executive demoing, you can be confident is has everything possible. The Frozen Blue and ski-bag options set a theme backed up by the BMW’s XDrive, an interesting choice to help wrangle the 540hp and 538lb-ft. I’ve always wanted to be able to roast the rears in an Alpina, but if you’re in the top 1% and wish to continue rolling deep through the winter in your $150k ride, why not tick that last option box? If you see someone driving one of these, see if they’ll explain their motivations.

-NR

1981 BMW Alpina B7 turbo sedan, Rare Vintage Euro car! $28,500

Now here is a rare bird, a true E12 Alpina B7 Turbo. The E12 5-series pre-dated the more common E28 5-series and has always been under his younger brother’s shadow. Maybe it was the fact that when the E12 530i was first offered in the US it featured thermal reactors and the most dismal fuel economy outside a big-block powered 1-ton pickup. They started off slow here on our shores, but if you have never seen an E12 M535i… Google that if you want to see an amazing car that started M sedan history. Even cooler than an M535i is what Alpina was doing to the cars with the rare B7. They made 300hp and had the suspension and brake mods to go with them. If you can remember in 1981 a Porsche 911SC made 180hp and the Chevrolet Corvette made just 190hp, so imagine a 4-door sedan with a turbocharged 300hp inline 6!

1981 BMW Alpina B7 on Portland Craigslist for $28,500

1981 Alpina B7 turbo sedan. Authentic Alpina car from Germany, rare and original numbers matching car. One of 209 E12 Chassis Based 5 series Sedans B7 and B7S’s built between 1978-1982 with 300 hp turbocharged engine. Car is Sapphire blue metallic. Interior is black with Scheel seats upholstered in Alpina cloth. No sunroof. Close ratio dog leg 5 speed transmission, limited slip differential (2.93 gears) with oil cooler. Auxiliary gas tank in trunk, Alpina Auxiliary turbo gauges, along with Alpina standard instrument cluster gauges and adjustable boost knob between front seats. Alpina steering wheel and shift knob. Car is fitted with Alpina staggered 16″ wheels and full Alpina suspension. Car in very good condition cosmetically and mechanically. Local Sale preferred as car may not meet smog laws in many states. Car was registered previously in California and still has CARB sticker in door jamb but I cannot assist a buyer in California to make this car legal there again.

It is really difficult to put a price tag on a car like this, Alpina built just 209 B7 and B7S cars and very few of them reached our shores. How many are still left? The owner is knowledgeable and is aware of what he has. The market for 4-door collectibles has always been much softer than 2-doors but if you want to own a very rare and unusual piece of BMW history, what is the price? I hope a fellow enthusiast decides this is a keeper and if we’re lucky they will take it to the Legends of the Autobahn event in Carmel, it would be perfect there!

– Nathan from Columbia Valley Luxury Cars

1991 BMW E30 318is Alpina B7 Turbo Swap For Sale

I have always considered cars with swapped motors as sort of a knock off way of experiencing the thrills of a newer or more expensive car for a fraction of the cost.  With that you may get 150% of the headaches though so buyer beware.

Here we have a 1991 318is with an Alpina B7 Turbo swap.  In reading the description it is clear this was not done by some hack.  This swap was carried out by someone with the technical skill and resources to do it right, the first time.

1991 BMW E30 318is Alpina B7 Turbo Swap:

From the seller –

“Body (9.0/10):

The paint is in extremely good shape considering the age of the vehicle. To this day, the original “Brilliantrot” paint shines extremely well. The paint does have very minor imperfections such as rock chips. The imperfections are photographed closely and shown in the photo album linked above. This 100% rust free California car has a clean title. Having never been in any sort of accident, this car has all original with matching VIN body panels. Not one body panel has ever been replaced or repainted on this car. With the exception of a dent on the front driver’s fender, which can be addressed via paint-less dent removal, the body is extremely straight and lines up extremely well. The exterior modifications have been kept very conservative in an effort to maintain the “sleeper” look.

Interior (9.5/10):

The front seats were reupholstered in black vinyl using the Alpina theme. The rear seats are from a 325ix and feature the rare fold down ski pass. The main floor carpet, as well as the floor mats have been professionally steam cleaned are in excellent shape. All the door panels are in good condition. The dash board does not have any cracks whatsoever. All of the climate controls and electronics are working as they should. The passenger side seat has a very minor tear from handling and has been patched up with an epoxy (see pictures).

Engine (9/10):

The engine started out as a clean low mileage M106B34. It was then completely torn apart and rebuilt to Alpina B7 Turbo + specification approximately 15k miles ago. The only piece left to complete the B7 Turbo conversion is the intake manifold. All of the necessary seals, bearings, gaskets were replaced on the engine. The engine internals are currently built to handle 600+RWHP.

Although the Suspension and brakes have not undergone a complete overhaul, the necessary maintenance has been kept up on these components of the vehicle. The car comes to a solid stop from 100+ MPH with no hesitation or vibration.  I can ensure a clunk/rattle free ride in this car. The suspension and steering are tight and precise. Before deciding to sell, I was planning on doing an E36 M3/318ti 5-lug conversion with a Ground Control race coilover system and a big brake kit.

Please note:

***Since this vehicle is not CA smog legal, it will need to be sold to an out-of-state buyer or to a California buyer who will register this car as an off-highway vehicle (OHV). ***

-The car also has a very minor seeping from a power steering hose.”

Amazing car, not perfect but what is?  This would make an amazing driver assuming you can get it smogged in your locale.  I would be fine running it as is but it is set up to handle 650 horsepower.  That is a lot of neck snapping power for the money.

I am not the only one who likes this car.  19 bids have pushed bidding to $8k with the reserve not being met.  What is it worth?  I dunno, somewhere between $12.5-$14k but that is a guess.  There are not many conversions this well done to determining an exact value is tricky business.  Either way it is something to behold.

~Aaron.

Reader Ride: 2006 Audi S4 Avant For Sale in Los Angeles

A good friend and supporter of the site is giving up his very sharp Dolphin Grey on black S4 Avant. And not only is it the Avant, it also has the 6 speed manual! He has the car well priced and here is a copy of his Craigslist listing:

Update 1.30.2011: SOLD!

2006 Audi S6 Avant For Sale Silver on Black 6 Speed

2006 Audi S6 Avant For Sale Silver on Black 6 Speed

I am selling my 2006 Audi S4 6spd Avant that is Dolphin Grey with Black Leather with 60K miles. I am the 3rd owner and purchased it from a very good friend of mine.

The car is in excellent condition and is essentially stock, however it does have the following upgrades:

– B7 RS4 Black Grill
– 19×8.5 Rotiform MIA Wheels with Machined face and new Nitto 555 Tires
– Factory RNS-E Radio/Navigation with factory Blue Tooth and iPod connection

The car has a California Salvage Title on it due to having the engine replaced. This vehicle has never been involved in any kind of accident and I have a clean CarFax to prove this.

I purchased the car from a friend that was an avid Audi owner. The previous owner unfortunately damaged the original engine while driving in the rain in January of 2010. He drove through a puddle and sucked up a small amount of water which hydrolocked the engine. This was unfortunately due to him not having in place the passenger side fender liner, and that is where the air box sucks in air.

His insurance company, AAA, ended up total losing the car since a new motor could not be sourced from Audi as they no longer make complete engines. I purchased the car from him in March of 2010 and took it to a shop in Long Beach, CA that specializes in Audi vehicle repairs called Raven Motorsports. (www.ravenms.com)

The technicians at Raven had available a fresh engine from a 2005 S4 that had 45K miles on it, and sold it to me with a 6 month warranty. While the engine was replaced, they also did the following

– New Plugs
– New Coil Packs
– New Belts
– New AC Compressor
– New Oil Temperature Sensor
– New Oil Pressure Sensor

The car was completed in April with its new motor and it has been my wifes car ever since. We have now recently purchased a 2011 S4, so this car must go.

The car comes will all the receipts and maintenance records going back to new, along with all the receipts for the new engine. Also included is all the documentation from the prior owners insurance company detailing why it was a total loss.

The car has been garage kept its entire life and was just recently detailed. The inside and outside is in truly exceptional shape.

I am asking $22,500 which is an excellent price considering other B7 S4 Avants go for $28K to $30K+

I am located in Orange County and am available to show the car anytime.

I’ve had the pleasure of driving an S4 sedan with the 6 speed and it’s a complete blast! The all-wheel drive, lusty v8, and 6 speed make every run to the corner store a real pleasure. And after the corner store, you’re on your way to track day!

His asking price is $22,500 but has offered to give our readers an immediate discount at $21500. The buyer has also made the CARFAX available for interested parties.

Tell him you saw it on German Cars For Sale Blog!

dc

2007 Alpina B7 BMW for sale

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.

-NR