ALPINA History: Alpina is an automobile manufacturing company based in Germany selling their own cars, based on BMW cars.
Alpina is recognized by the German Federal Ministry of Transport as an automobile manufacturer, thus Alpina-built cars are branded and registered as Alpina instead of BMW, although an Alpina can be bought and serviced at local BMW dealerships, and covered if there is a warranty issue.
Alpina was founded in 1965 by Burkard Bovensiepen, a member of the Bovensiepen family of industrialists. The original Alpina name can be traced to Dr. Rudolf Bovensiepen, his father, whose company produced office typewriters.
Although Alpina started by producing typewriters, the original Alpina ceased to exist at the end of the 1960s in their attempt to move into the textile industry. In 1965, Burkard established a BMW tuning business, following his success with investments in the stock market. He started the tuning business in an outbuilding of the original Alpina typewriter factory. The company worked on carburetors and revised cylinder heads.
Between 1968 and 1977, Alpina cars did very well in competition. The highlight was in 1970, when the team’s cars won the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship, rally and track racing championships and the prestigious Spa 24 Hours.
Alpina officially withdrew from racing in 1988 because of capacity limitations and restrictions. Tied to this was the decision to begin production on a new set of BMW Alpina automobiles. Legendary race drivers Derek Bell, Niki Lauda and Hans Stuck have all raced Alpina prepared BMW 2002s and CS coupes during their racing careers. [From Wikipedia]
The car being offered is a 1984 Alpina C1 2.3, which is based on an BMW E30 323i. Alpina produced only 35 examples of the C1 2.3, which makes it highly collectible for any BMW enthusiast. Official Alpina plaque inside the car indicates it is production number 0179.
The Lapis Blue exterior paint is original and still in excellent condition. The classic black with blue/green stripe cloth interior is also original with no tears or rips. The 2.3L straight 6 cylinder engine produces 170hp, which allows the 2,500 lbs car to go from 0-60 mph in about 7.8 seconds. The engine is based on the 323i M60 motor, which features special Mahle pistons, a special exhaust, ignition system, a dry-sump lubrication, and a short-ratio five-speed gearbox.
The aggressive looking front spoiler, the classic silver Alpina decals, and the rear spoiler, all work well together to make it distinctively Alpina. The car is rust free with no signs of corrosion. All 4 wheels including the spare wheel inside the trunk do not have any curb rash and look flawless. Tune-up of the entire fuel system was recently completed. Odometer reads 64,450 KM which equals to about 40,000 Miles. This car has current United States title, license, registration, and has been fully serviced/safety inspected.
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