This has made the rounds on a number of car sites now but this is a very well done video by Petrolicious.com of some well-kept old school Alpinas. For years, I’ve wanted to get my hands on the E46 Coupe B3S or a B10 Biturbo or even one of the more efficient diesel-powered D3’s.
Alpina has long been renowned for making high quality, well-trimmed automobiles with a focus on tuning up the engine, suspension and adding bespoke interior materials. Interestingly, while the base car is clearly a BMW – under German regulation Alpina is viewed as a standalone manufacturer as their overhaul of a BMW modifies significant elements of the original car – a determining factor under TUV regulations. With that said, Alpina has always been the yin to BMW M’s yang. Where the M3 is a more hardcore driving experience Alpina has always put a focus on a more balanced, dare I say comfortable driving experience. Unfortunately for Americans the only Alpinas that have crossed their way over are typically either the gray market used cars or ultra expensive new ones via the latest Alpina B7 based on the F01 7 Series chassis or the V8 Roadster based around the Z8 chassis but with the powertrain of the lovely BMW X5 4.8is
With that said, they did make some very compelling cars as they established themselves as purveyors of performance cars ala the B7 S and B10 3.5. The guys at Petrolicious did a great job capturing what’s so great about both old school Alpinas and car culture in general. This is my reminder to go back and scour the interwebs for what few 1980’s era Alpinas I might find for sale here in the good ol’ US of A.