If ever the Bangle-butted BMW 7-series looked good, it’s in the guise of the Alpina B7. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â Helping a friend’s mom shop for her new car, it came down to this or the Maserati Quattroporte. Â She went Italian, but I like the brutality of the B7. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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.