Thursday, August 22, 2013

10k Flash: Unspecified Alpina: 1997 BMW E36 Touring

The BMW E36 is one of the DT Staff's collective favorite cheap German rear drive cars because it handles amazingly, is cheap, takes well to modifications, is incredibly well balanced, came in a wide variety of configurations and,'s cheap! Today's E36 is a bit higher priced than most you'll find these days but for two good reasons: 1) it's an Alpina massaged example and 2) it's a "Touring" wagon. There were four different levels of Alpina E36, but only two available in 1997 and although the seller claims it's an M3 (it isn't), we are likely looking at a B3 3.2. We will rule out the B8 4.6 because it had a V8, which the seller wouldn't likely overlook. The B3 3.2 was an inline-six powered Bahnstormer that developed 265 hp from a 3.2 liter engine and could do 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds. Not super fast, but no slouch either. Find this 1997 Alpina 3.2 Touring in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for $11.9k CDN via kijijijiji. Thanks to "Gerrypmw" for the tip.

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