Friday, September 13, 2013

15k: Classy Turbo: 1985 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo E28

Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH is a Bavarian based tuner that has worked closely with BMW for decades, even selling its tuned cars from BMW dealers complete with intact factory warranty, similar to the arrangement Saleen has (had?) with Ford.  The Alpinas add considerable performance to BMW's already quick automobiles and add considerable cost to the sticker price - but used they aren't a bad deal for the added rarity and speed.  Find this 1985 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo for sale in Burbank, CA currently bidding for $15,100 reserve-not-met on ebay with 4 days to go. (bidding is up to $25k with a few hours to go)  Tip from Rod S.

The Alpina package added a turbocharger to the 3.5 liter BMW inline-6 and upped power to a tire shredding 300 horsepower and 370 ft-lbs of torque.  It was supercar fast for 1984 and likely surprised a few Ferrari/Lambo drivers back in the day.  As an owner today, most of the time you'll be worrying about breaking something powertrain related or Alpina specific as replacement parts will be expensive.

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  1. there is a discussion about this car, and more importantly the seller, over on mye28. worth reading perhaps. seller seems, um, interesting.

  2. You guys hit it on the head with the worry about breaking an alpina specific part. Aside from being expensive, some parts for this car may not even exist anymore. Then there's the matter of finding a mechanic brave/skilled enough to tackle the job. Cool as these older alpinas are, I think any potential buyer would need to budget nearly twice the asking price of this machine to purchase, then sort/maintain it. That said I still fantasize about owning an honest-to-god alpina.

  3. Being an owner of several B7 turbos I can say, yes there are some specific parts that are NLA from Alpina.

    In general all standard service items are standard BMW parts and are available new for this car from many sources. The turbo is a KKK item and parts/replacements are easy to find. Maintenance for this car is not an issue as is not much more expensive than a standard E28 to run besides the petrol bill. The issue here is condition of the car prior to purchase, and the cost of repair/replacement of items to put the car in nice condition.

    From the photos, it looks to mainly need a good cleaning and reconditioning of the interior/exterior. If the car is currently running well, then keeping it that way isn't terribly expensive. Restoration of this B7 will not be much more than a standard E28 unless the specific Alpina items are broken or missing. Looking at the car it looks intact.

    That said, yes it would be prudent to budget funds after purchase to work on the car. Still, finding any B7 at this price may not be a bad deal. Look to Europe and see what they're selling for, that is a clue to the car's real value. Hard to find a good B7 in Europe for under 30,000 euro now. So this one seems cheap as it sits. It may sell and go back to it's homeland before the month is out. I wouldn't be surprised if that eventually what happens with this car. Return to Germany for restoration. The Germans want these cars back and there are very few left there or anywhere in the world. If you want one, it's not like you can find a dozen to go look at and buy nearby. There may be only 5-10 of these in the whole USA.

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