Since 1983 Alpina has been recognized by the German Federal Ministry of Transport as an automobile manufacturer, thus Alpina-built cars are branded and registered as Alpina instead of BMW, although an Alpina can be bought and serviced at some BMW dealerships, and covered if there is a warranty issue. Distinctive features of Alpina vehicles are 20-spoke alloy wheels, “Alpina Blue” patented metallic paint, in addition to expensive interior materials used to fabricate the exclusive interior appointments.
A typical blue and green pattern is often used on interior parts such as stitching’s on leather and different fabrics used in the upholstery. A thin, pinstriped style outside body decor set in gold or silver is also a hallmark of Alpina cars. A metal plate inside also proves the heritage and the serial number of the car. The second generation of the Alpina B10 was based on the BMW E34, based on the BMW 525ix, 535i or 540i.
This original B10 3.5 is sought after and rare and was commissioned by Sytner Alpina from new. Finished in Metallic Island Green with complimenting Alpina striped grey cloth. The interior is in fantastic condition and includes the Alpina 4-spoke steering wheel and wooden gear knob. There were only 572 of these cars built over 4 years of production. Essentially, they take a BMW 535 just starting down the assembly line and take it to a separate plant to be built. There they put in a Modified Alpina version of the BMW 3.5L Straight Six motor that produces 254HP, it has Mahle Pistons, a modified cylinder head, new cams and a revised motronic system. They install a custom Alpina Exhaust System, custom Bilstein Suspension, custom Recaro Sport Interior, custom MOMO steering wheel and shift knob, custom body kit, custom brakes, custom lighting and custom wheels. This car has had a bare metal respray by a specialist bodyshop and is in immaculate condition. The car was imported from the UK and is registered on eNatis.