Founded in 1965 by Burkard Bovensiepen in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, the German firm of Alpina began producing tuned versions of BMW models in the 1960s before BMW’s own Motorsport Department launched its now famous ‘M’ range. A close collaborator with BMW from its earliest days, Alpina enjoys motor manufacturer status in Germany and can take much of the credit for establishing BMW’s high performance image thanks to a succession of sensational road cars and countless race-track victories.
This rare Alpina model is based on the BMW 635CSi (E24 chassis). Mechanically similar to the 5-Series saloons, BMW’s 6-series coupé debuted in 1976 incorporating some components destined for the yet-to-be-announced 7-Series. Karmann styled like the preceding 3.0CS/CSi, the newcomer was similarly well-specified, featuring all-independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted steering as standard. The existing 2,985cc, overhead-camshaft six was carried over to the 630, the latter becoming the 635 when the engine was upgraded to 3,453cc in 1979. Improved suspension and a slightly smaller (3,430cc) but more refined power unit were introduced in 1982. Stylish, fast and well-engineered, the 635 enjoyed a production run lasting into the 1990s, being periodically updated in line with its sister models.
This limited edition Alpina, No. 182 of 236 built, is a car for the connoisseur and definitely not for the faint hearted. Having been a sensation and available only to some happy few in period, this 330bhp machine is still, over 30 years later, able to comfortably run amongst todays fastest 4-seater motorcars. Without any doubt a genuine collectors car today, this dark blue turbo B7 S is equipped with the usual Alpina features to its interior and air conditioning. Most importantly, its vendor points out that all services have been done during the cars life, which can be viewed in the extensive history and documentation file available at the auction.