Lot 324 - 1986 BMW E30 C1 Alpina
|Odometer reading||54,734 km|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,800|
Alpina was established in 1965, pre-dated by its founder, Burkard Bovensiepen, using his skills to produce tuning kits for a range of car brands, including BMW. Today Alpina, a vehicle manufacturer in its own right - and still a family firm, guided by Bovensiepen and his sons, Andreas and Florian - continues to enjoy close co-operation with BMW. Indeed it is the basis of its continuing success, with manufacturing processes integrated into BMW's production facilities.
In the late '60s, Alpina spread its wings into touring car racing and such was its authority that in 1971, a year after winning the European Touring Car Championship, Alpina was handed the project leadership of the lightweight BMW 3.0CSL Coupe, which in competition guise, was to stamp such an indelible impression on touring car racing.
Today, Alpina produces some 1,700 BMW-based high-end vehicles a year, designed - as was always the case - to appeal to enthusiasts, with performance and individuality at their heart.
The Alpina C1 was based on the E30 323i and was among their most popular early models, providing superior performance over the unmodified car. The extra power is due to Mahle pistons and a special exhaust and ignition system. It also received dry-sump lubrication and a short-ratio five-speed gearbox. Only 35 C1 cars were built making it one of the rarest Alpina cars.
This extremely collectable E30 limited edition Alpina was imported from Japan and has formed part of a private collection for the last two years. During that time, it has received a new fuel tank, pump and filter; it also benefits from new lower wishbones, general hoses, belts and a full service. Presented at auction with a full one year MoT test certificate, it still carries the dashboard plaque, "C1 BMW Alpina E30 W105" and is in remarkably original condition throughout. Thought to be still in its original paintwork underneath the pin-stripe Alpina decals, it started on the button with no red lights showing on the overhead display. Already very much a modern classic, prices will only rise for these specialist sporting coupés.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.