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.


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  1. hello,
    i like your blog as bmw,

  2. Alpine B7 Turbo engine= German automotive porn…that is is looks great in any BMW u can’t make fit into…

  3. Bidding reached $12.7k, this car deserved just a little more.

  4. This thing is RAD. What a clean machine. Sad it didn’t get sold, and sad it’s not CA-compliant. Whoever ends up with it is going to have the coolest E30 around.

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