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2000 Alpina B10 3.3

 

Tuning firm Alpina has always had a close relationship with BMW. Founded by Burkard Bovensiepen in Buchloe in 1965, the company is recognised as a manufacturer in Germany, with modern Alpinas bearing two chassis numbers – the original BMW VIN (struck out) and an Alpina VIN

Alpina started with modified cylinder heads and induction systems for the BMW 2002 and E21. They enjoyed great success in motorsport in the early days and later became associated with highly-developed, sporting but civilised versions of mainstream BMWs

This B10 is a great example of an Alpina version of the E39, one of the best-regarded BMWs of modern times. The 3.3-litre B10 is based on the post-2000 facelift version of the E39 and is one of the last Alpina models available in the UK with a manual gearbox

The hand-built, straight-six engine is a bespoke 3.3-litre version of the US-market iron-block six with unique Alpina cylinder head, camshafts and tuning. It produces 276 BHP at 6200 rpm and 257 ft-lbs of torque

On the road this is a quick car with an engine that seems to have no inertia at all. It’s happy at any revs in any gear but – in true straight-six fashion – it loves to rev. The drivetrain is superb, and the balance of the car infinitely predictable, but the suspension is a revelation. This is the best-damped car I’ve ever driven. It manages to combine superb ride quality with great body control and a surprising lack of roll. Unlike the BMW I drive every day, the front & rear suspension seem to be on the same page and the car rides flat without fore-aft pitching. The net result is a car that feels smaller and lighter than it is and which handles and rides better than the car it’s based on. It also goes a whole lot quicker. If I had to sum it up with a comparison, I’d say it was like a Porsche 944 with four seats, less weight, a better drivetrain and a far more charismatic engine

The car has had thorough pre-sale preparation. The tyres are the correct Michelins and all parts used have been BMW or Alpina-specific genuine items. Work done includes:

  • Full inspection by BMW specialist
  • Oil service
  • New Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres
  • Rebuilt rear suspension with all new bushes & etc
  • Full 4-wheel alignment by Wheels in Motion
  • New radiator
  • New front discs & pads
  • New brake hoses
  • Airconditioning service & regas

The B10 is one of those rare cars that combines performance and fluid handling in equal measure. It’s not a hotrod like an M3 or M5, it’s a more considered car with a broader range of abilities. Because it’s based on the E39, it’s a very useable package with four seats, a huge boot and impeccable BMW road manners combined with Alpina performance and handling brilliance

The car is in lovely, original condition with sensible mileage, an unmarked interior and paintwork remarkably free of stone chips. This is a proper, correct Alpina with great history and the reassurance of a thorough pre-sale service. It’s ready to drive away with a long MOT. The B10 number plate will stay with the car

The complete specification is:

  • 2000 Alpina B10 3.3
  • Alpina build number 078
  • 91,000 miles
  • full history
  • recent Inspection II service
  • BMW Individual Blue Velvet metallic paint
  • Alpina 3.3-litre straight six
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Alpina suspension
  • Alpina wheels, 8 x 18″ front, 9 x 18″ rear
  • new Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres, 235/40 front, 265/35 rear
  • full-size Alpina spare wheel
  • Alpina front spoiler
  • factory Xenon headlights
  • Angel Eyes
  • headlamp washer system / intensive cleaning
  • folding mirrors
  • cruise control
  • ESC stability control
  • PDC parking sensors
  • Dove Grey leather interior
  • Electric glass sunroof with retractable blind
  • Rear window blinds
  • Alpina sports leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Alpina floor mats
  • front sports seats with adjustable-length bolster
  • 3-stage heated front seats
  • front arm rest
  • air-conditioning
  • auto-dipping rear-view mirror
  • alarm system
  • onboard computer
  • BMW Business radio / cassette
  • 6-CD changer
  • HiFi speaker system
  • integrated phone kit with handset in centre console
  • Alpina walnut wood trim
  • Dove Grey headlining
  • B10 number plate

The B10 is ready now. Please enquire for price

For more details please contact Nicholas Froome on 07976 299636 or email sales@youngtimercars.co.uk

Photo credit
Alpina B10 3.3 shot in Devil’s Dyke, Sussex, Summer 2015, © Nicholas Froome
Courtesy of Youngtimer Cars

2002 Alpina B10 3.3

 

Tuning firm Alpina has always had a close relationship with BMW. Founded by Burkard Bovensiepen in Buchloe in 1965, the company is recognised as a manufacturer in Germany, with modern Alpinas bearing two chassis numbers – the original BMW VIN (struck out) and an Alpina VIN

Alpina started with modified cylinder heads and induction systems for the BMW 2002 and E21. They enjoyed great success in motorsport in the early days and gradually became associated with highly-developed, sporting but civilised versions of mainstream BMWs

This B10 is a great example of an Alpina version of the E39, one of the best-regarded BMWs of modern times. The E39 was facelifted in late 2000 and the 3.3-litre B10 is based on the facelift version. The B10 was one of the last Alpina models available in the UK with a manual gearbox

The hand-built, straight-six engine in the B10 is based on a 3.3-litre version of the tough, US-market iron-block six with unique Alpina cylinder head, camshafts and tuning. The engine produces 276 BHP at 6200 rpm and 257 ft-lbs of torque

On the road this is a quick car with an engine that seems to have no inertia at all. It’s happy at any revs in any gear but – in true straight-six fashion – it loves to rev. The drivetrain is superb, and the balance of the car infinitely predictable, but the suspension is a revelation. This is the best-damped car I’ve ever driven. It manages to combine superb ride quality with great body control and a surprising lack of roll. Unlike the BMW I drive every day, the front & rear suspension seem to be on the same page and the car rides flat without fore-aft pitching. The net result is a car that feels smaller and lighter than it is and which handles and rides better than the car it’s based on. It also goes a whole lot quicker. If I had to sum it up with a comparison, I’d say it was like a Porsche 944 with four seats, less weight, a better drivetrain and a far more charismatic engine

The car has just had an Inspection 2 service with a BMW specialist and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres fitted by my local tyre specialists. It’s in lovely condition with an unmarked interior and original paintwork which is remarkably free of stone chips. This is a proper, correct Alpina with great history and is ready to drive away with a long MOT and road tax into 2014

I’ll declare an interest here: if this had been an Alpina Touring it would not be for sale, it’d be in my garage.

  • 2002 Alpina B10 3.3
  • Alpina build number 198
  • 106,000 miles
  • 2 previous owners
  • full history
  • recent Inspection II service
  • Titanium Silver
  • Alpina 3.3-litre straight six
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Alpina suspension
  • Alpina wheels, 8 x 18″ front, 9 x 18″ rear
  • new Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, 235/40 front, 265/35 rear
  • full-size Alpina spare wheel
  • Alpina front spoiler
  • factory Xenon headlights
  • headlamp washer system / intensive cleaning
  • folding mirrors
  • cruise control
  • ESC stability control
  • PDC parking sensors
  • black leather interior
  • Alpina sports leather multifunction steering wheel
  • front sports seats with adjustable-length bolster
  • 3-stage heated front seats
  • front arm rest
  • air-conditioning
  • auto-dipping rear-view mirror
  • alarm system
  • onboard computer
  • BMW Business radio / cassette
  • 6-CD changer
  • HiFi speaker system
  • integrated phone kit with phone mount on left of transmission tunnel
  • high gloss shadowline trim
  • anthracite headlining

Sold

For more details please contact Nicholas Froome on 07976 299636 or email sales@youngtimercars.co.uk

Photo credit
Alpina B10 3.3 shot in Brighton, Summer 2013, © Nicholas Froome
Courtesy of Youngtimer Cars

1985 Golf Mk1 GL Convertible

 

The Golf Cabriolet was built by Karmann at their factory in Osnabrück. The bodyshell was substantially reinforced by Karmann and they assembled the car using parts from Volkswagen in their own bodyshell

Roof up or down, the Cabriolet shape works well and Giugiaro’s bold styling still shines through. The Cabriolet stayed in production after the launch of the Mk 2 Golf and succeeded in making the Mk 2 seem rather dumpy. By the time VW replaced it with the Mk 3 Cabriolet the transformation of the Golf from Icon to Appliance was, sadly, complete

Driving this car reminded me why the Mk 1 was always the Golf Volkswagen had to beat. It’s so tidy on the road, so precise in its responses and so light on its feet that it makes huge amounts of sense, even on our appalling British roads. The steering is a joy, turning in surprisingly fast and making the Golf easy to position. This is not a sports car but it’s fun to drive and very easy to live with. It may be only one of many impressive cars I’ve driven recently but it’s definitely the most charming

  • 1985 VW Golf Convertible GL
  • Bronze Grey metallic
  • Tan interior (VW describe it as brown)
  • Optional water-resistant seats
  • Manually-operated mohair hood
  • Original space-saver spare wheel with toolkit and scissor jack
  • 32,500 miles
  • 1595 cc carburettor engine
  • Automatic gearbox
  • Unladen weight 940 Kg
  • Power output 75 bhp
  • Dual-circuit disc / drum brakes
  • Optional power steering
  • Optional VW alloy wheels
  • Original VW lockable petrol cap
  • Blaupunkt Cassette / Radio
  • Waxoyled throughout
  • Aftermarket immobiliser
  • Retrofit Weber carburettor with manual choke

This car comes with MOTs from 1994 to present day and a history file with bills from previous owners. The file has the original sales leaflet, which features a car in the same colour scheme, and a Concours judging sheet from a VW Owners Club meet at Stonor Castle where it scored 132/140 – a score that must have delighted the owner

The car has been with the last owner since late 2010 and has covered around 2000 miles during that time. The previous owner owned the car for eleven years and around 15,000 miles

This is one of a small number of convertibles fitted with power steering from new. It also has the optional water-resistant seats. The original vinyl hood has been replaced with a high-quality Mohair hood

The car has been garaged from new and is virtually unmarked. The paintwork appears to be all original and the bodywork is rust-free. The car has been Waxoyled regularly, apparently from new, and the wax can be seen on the tailgate hinges and all over the underside.  As can be seen in the photos the interior is close to original condition. Overall it’s a lovely, original car with no faults

Sold

For more details please contact Nicholas Froome on 07976 299636 or email sales@youngtimercars.co.uk

Photo credit
Golf GL Convertible shot in Sussex, Summer 2013, © Nicholas Froome
Courtesy of Youngtimer Cars