Lot 173 - 1985 BMW Alpina B10 (E28)
|Odometer reading||60,500 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG or simply 'Alpina', the official BMW tuning partner, has had a long and celebrated association with the Munich car maker, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. Credited with re-engineering some very special cars over the years, Alpina's approach is often to refine and build on the latent driving and styling characteristics of a standard car, adding a certain Alpina 'magic' that only they can bestow. Their reputation and following are very strong, appealing to discerning buyers who want a special, rare and characterful car. Such are their credentials, that Alpina was recognised by the German Ministry of Transport in 1983 as an 'Automobile Manufacturer' in its own right.
In 1985, Alpina formed a partnership with Frank Sytner to establish a UK outlet for Alpina models at the Sytner Nottingham BMW dealership which had been awarded its initial BMW franchise in 1970. The first seven UK Alpina B10 3.5 litre E28s were, according to online sources, based on the 528i, with later models being based on the 535i. The 'Sytner Alpinas', as they became known, were sent the 3.5-litre engine, suspension, badging and the all important dashboard plaque from the Alpina factory, for assembly in the UK.
This very special, UK, righthand drive, manual car, was first registered on 1st August 1985 and, according to the chassis plate, the base car was a 528i, and with the dashboard plaque stating it is number of 5 of 479, it marries up nicely that the first seven were indeed 528i models. Finished in Diamond Schwartz (diamond black) with black leather, the car was originally specified with air conditioning, electric glass sunroof, electric windows, electric door mirrors, central locking and an onboard computer.
This fabulous example is well known in BMW Alpina circles and was subject to an extensive restoration whilst retaining the interior's black leather period patina. Such was the high standard of restoration that it went on to win a multitude of BMW Concours events. After one such win, the car was selected for display at the Meguiars Showcase at the 2009 NEC Classic Motor Show. This was a very rare honour and only open to selected winners of their respective marque national shows of the year. This is the most desirable example, being an original factory Alpina and not to be confused with those models which are UK after-market models.
The present vendor has made sure his B10 has been well maintained but has rarely used it in his short ownership. With an odometer reading of fewer than 60,500 miles, the car presents beautifully and surely must be one of the finest examples of this model on the market today.