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.