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.
The example being offered is a 1986 BMW ALPINA E30 B6 2.7 that has 35,430 kilometers (22,000 miles) and was imported from Japan 3 months ago. Alpina produced only 67 examples of the B6 2.7, which a Japan only edition car. Official Alpina plaque inside the car indicates it is production number 0040. It is powered by a 2.7L inline-six cylinder engine paired to a Getrag 5-speed manual transmission. Service records from the recent work are included, and the car is sold with a clean Montana title.
The diamond black metallic exterior paint is in excellent condition, as the previous owner in Japan said the car was repainted at some point. The body is straight with no visible dents or dings, and there is no evidence of any accident damage. There are some small curb rashes on the front lower spoiler.
This E30-based car features Alpina’s familiar exterior treatments including a deep front spoiler, black rubber rear spoiler, and signature stripes. The car comes equipped with ventilated four-wheel disc brakes and 16″ twenty spoke alloys. Exterior rubber shows no UV damage.
The suspension consists of MacPherson struts up front, semi-trailing arms at the rear, and coil springs with Bilstein shocks on all four corners. The car’s alignment is straight and provides responsive handling.
Alpina interior features include Recaro sport seats with signature Alpina stripes, a leather-wrapped 4-spoke steering wheel, and a wooden gearshift knob. The seats are in excellent condition with no signs of age or fading.
The Alpina branded gauge cluster, lights, power accessories, and A/C vent guage all function properly. Interior plastics are in good shape with no cracks, and the wooden shift knob is capped with an Alpina logo that looks well-preserved.
The M20 2.7L inline-six engine utilizes a Bosch LE-Jetronic fuel injection system and is paired to a close-ratio 5-speed Getrag gearbox. Output numbers were advertised at 210 hp when new.
The car was inspected by BMW specialists Lang Racing Development in Irvine, California upon arrival in the US. The car had been driven sparingly in Japan, and any reliability issues were properly addressed. The work performed included installing new exhaust hangers, flex disc, fuel filter, fuel lines, spark plugs, fuel hoses, control arm bushings, and vacuum hoses.
The underbody is clean and shows no signs of corrosion. The car has a current State of Montana title, license, registration, and has been fully serviced and safety inspected.
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