The Alpina B10 package came in several flavors, but this 6 series package is very sweet.
The car comes from an owner who seems to have taken very good care of this car. It comes with a massive binder of documents and receipts, including the original $58,720 window sticker. These leave no question to the car’s authenticity. All of the correct badging, including the Alpina number plate also help.
The B10 package and a Bavarian Autosport Performance Chip gets the horsepower up to around 260 out of the 3.5 liter inline six. Some other modifications have been made to help with looks and performance. A set of modern 18″ M Sport wheels in chrome with red pin striping look at home on the car. Euro clear corners and smoked tails, plus Hella yellow fogs add to the look. The suspension is lowered and has an adjustable camber kit. Out back a Billy Boat exhaust makes the noise. A raft of maintenance items have been completed recently and in accordance with the 60,000 mile tune up, the car has 65,000 miles on it now. The seller states that this car gets driven, despite its show car win, it is no trailer queen.
Price is $18,250 with no bids and the reserve not met. The only things holding bidders back are probably the autobox this car has instead of the manual transmission and that the seller has 0 feedback.
1988 BMW 635CSi Alpina B10 on eBay
There are a bunch of videos from the seller on Youtube.
IMHO the auto gearbox isn’t that much of a drawback as Alpina has always been more about luxury than pure performance. The aftermarket wheels however, are an abomination. Love ’em or hate ’em the Alpina wheels are integral to the brand. Without them it’s just not an Alpina.
A bit too pimped out for my taste, but nothing that couldn’t be sorted without too much trouble.
The blinged out wheels kill an otherwise sweet car. I agree with the above poster, Alpina wheels are the only proper option.
The prevailing opinion on the BMW boards today is that this is NOT an Alpina. While I am by no means an expert, I think I’d have to agree. No Alpina is going to be blinged out with ///M logos – it makes no sense. A real Alpina should also probably have an Alpina valve cover, not a BMW one.
Check out bigcoupe.com and mye28.com: the jury is still out, but my money is on “clone”.
These wheels don’t bother me that much, though with my Benzs I always like the look of wheels from the same era of the car, classic Ronals look better than chrome modern AMGs, so I get the sentiment. I’d like Alpinas on this better than the big M sports, but it isn’t as big a turn of to me as the steering wheel. Not a fan of steering wheels that look like they have color inserts, looks too boy racer.
As for Alpina authenticity, the seller went pretty far to make it look real if it is a clone. Getting a B10 badge and an Alpina door number plate are a bit more difficult to get than M badging. Perhaps there are some genuine Alpina parts on this that were applied during a later conversion to B10 spec. Only way to be sure is to open up the engine and look for high comp pistons and lopey cam.
Definitely a clone. Alpina did not make a B10 6-series with the World Bumpers of ’88-89. The interior badging is in the wrong location as well. Nice try on the seller’s part, but historically inaccurate.
Replica huh? In that case cut the price in 1/2 and it’d be about right.
Oh no… no no no no… the aesthetics of this car are just horrible. I loves me some Shark but the bodykit, rapper chrome wheels and funky grille are just all bad. Not to mention the Civic steering wheel…
Way too riced out. Tacky, actually.
@Dallas & Larry: Underlying the asthetic problems is a 60k mile 635CSi. Assuming there are no mechanical issues it may be a reasonable buy at under $10k.
Auction was pulled with no bids. I presume this is for the seller to sort out the many questions they likely got about the car’s authenticity.
this car looks terrible, plain and simple.
These Schnitzer style wheels would look better if they were perhaps powder coated black w a polished lip and silver screws, or just a standard alloy color, but personally rondel 58’s, BBS, Hamman 5 spoke or Alpina would be my choices.
The silver mesh in the center grills was a bad idea, just doesn’t look right.
The Steering wheel is just awful, really cheap, doesn’t match or suit the interior at all, better off w a mtech 1 or 2 wheel, or atleast put a decent low key plain black MoMo.
The trunk spoiler is lame, the only spoiler that looks decent is the Mtech.
I thought the B10 alpinas were twin turbos??
But other than that the car is pretty nice, wouldnt take much to get it looking great. Personally i’d invest the money to swap out the auto for a 5spd manual, you get alot more use of the engines power.
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